Legislative Update for April 3, 2017

Below is a summary of recent legislative activity:

  • The House K-12 Budget Committee met for more than eight hours on Thursday, March 30 to work on HB 2410. The passed nearly 20 amendments that, collectively, moved the funding formula to one that is similar to was in place prior to the block grant. The committee has not yet voted on the bill, as amended.
  • On Monday, the committee will reconvene to review new fiscal reports reflecting the adopted changes and the impact on school districts.
  • The House and Senate budget conference committee reached agreement on a rescission bill for the current fiscal year. There were few differences in the bills passed by each chamber and neither relied on cuts to K-12 education to balance the budget for the year ending June 30, 2017.
  • On Thursday, the Senate approved (25-15) SB 189, its budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, with the House expected to debate its budget, HB 2364, this week. Both committees exerted caution when assembling their packages, as neither chamber has adopted a new school finance plan or passed a tax bill. Updated consensus revenue estimates won't be available until mid-April and while many predict they will be up, legislators remain cautious.

The Legislature will adjourn on Friday, April 7 and will return on Monday, May 1 for the veto session.