Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Update from Our Lobbyist

Both chambers are starting to do some floor work and passage of some bills. The committees all have three more weeks before the first funnel date when bills have to be out of committee in the house of origination. A number of departmental bills are out of committee already and are waiting debate. For the most part these are noncontroversial. Work on the budget continues with daily subcommittee hearings.

The House education committee did pass out the Governor's education reform bill this week with a major amendment. The amendment lowered the beginning salary from $35,000 to $32,000 and made the career path with different levels of teachers an option for local school districts to make. This also was scheduled to pass out of the appropriations and ways and means committees on Thursday. I assume there will be public hearing and then the debate in the full House. The Senate is still in subcommittee on this issue and will start to negotiate with the house once the house passes it in final form.

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