The House of Representatives met for about 45 minutes before breaking for the Easter holiday. During their brief morning meeting, House members concurred with the amendments the Senate made to HB 206, HB 221, and HB 259. These bills will now make their way to the Governor for his signature.
The House has completed their work on all education-related bills. The only outstanding education issue from the House is the FY 14 Public Schools appropriations bill. However, no committee meetings were held or announced for Monday, signaling there is still disagreement among lawmakers on what should and should not be included in the FY 14 Public Schools budget.
During their hour long Friday morning meeting, members of the Senate completed work on several education-related bills important to the IEA.
Senators unanimously approved HB 65; thereby assuring local school districts will be kept whole for the remainder of this fiscal year. That bill will now move to Governor Otter’s desk for his signature.
SB 1040a, the bill amended earlier this week to replace SB 1148, was approved by the full Senate by a vote of 21-14. Immediately following the approval of that bill, Senate Education Chair John Goedde (R-CDA) made a request to pull HB 260 back to committee. Typically, when a bill is moved back to committee the legislation is dead for the remainder of the session. We believe this is the case for HB 260. Assuming no other procedural maneuvers change the situation, local associations will not be required to complete bargaining by June 10 or face certain school board imposition of the terms and conditions of the contract for the coming year.
Today’s Senate action significantly reduced the number of education-related bills on their agenda. HB 317 and the FY ’14 Public Schools funding bill must be addressed before the end of the session.
Both the House and Senate will reconvene at 1:30 PM on Monday, April 1st.
The following chart identifies some of the bills the IEA has been working on this session.