This second day of this suspended session was much like the first. Very few advocates present and most legislators keeping their distance. There were no education related bills taken up today. The Senate made quick work of a couple of bills and then adjourned while the House voted on two bills and adjourned a bit later. The halls were filled with conversations about the FY21 budget with many placing bets (metaphorically) on when the budget will emerge for everyone to see. Again, I would anticipate both chambers are anxious to move on this critical piece of the 2020 session and we should hear more budget news by the end of the week.
Tomorrow will bring forward the assessment bill SB 367 to the forefront and will be heard in the House Education Committee. The Governor’s office is supportive of this bill knowing that superintendents had sufficient input on the bill back prior to the session. We will track the path of this legislation.
Tomorrow will be day 32 and will be much busier with House Education and Senate Youth and Education committees both meeting to hear a few bills. I will look forward to assessing the tone of both education committees which should provide some indication of what few bills will receive the attention needed to make it through this shortened leg of the session.
Be back tomorrow.