We begin this week knowing we are headed toward the end of the session.  The budget for FY21 remains in the conference committee where the acknowledgement of a grinding process is staring everyone in the face.  The committee held its first meeting and they we will be back at it tomorrow with some recomendations from the Governor.

Gov recomends:

-Add back $300 million to FY21 budget

-Specifically add $53 million back to QBE

The budget committee will obviously consider this new information and then we will see if the entire General Assembly will concur.

Education related bills that moved today:

-Senate passed HB 779 which recalculates TAVT.

-House passed SB 294 permits alternative assessments for TRS.

This bill is an example of the legislative process with the bill being stripped of original language and new language added to address an entirely different policy chnage: Gov. Affairs Commmittee passed SB 413 which provides some additional flexibilty concerning the open meetings law. Allows teleconference during an emergency such as the pandemic.  

The Senate Youth and Education committee was scheduled to meet today but got bumped due to the length of the Senate session. There are three bills that will be heard tomorrow:

HB 855 trauma affected foster children requires immediate assessment to determine any negative impact.

HB 755HB 755 requires local district to provide an allotment sheet for all of its. charter schools. by July 1 each year.

HB 86 adds to evaluation process a review and appaeal as a part of the teacher eval.(will create litigation) totally unnecessary.

Tomorrow is day 37.

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