Texas House OKs Major School Finance Fix, But Will Senate?
Apr 20 2017 by Kathy Alvarado
But during this year's legislative debate over whether to limit access to bathrooms in government buildings to the gender listed on a person's birth certificate, the governor has avoided the heat of the debate until Tuesday.
The NBA, NFL and corporate giants including Facebook and Google have previously warned Texas against adopting a bill that was similar to the original North Carolina law. Since then, however, the bill has stalled in the House. However, it is believed a hearing will be held before the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday evening. However, the Bill was modified to provide ground work for what's some claim could be a compromise to SB6 - the Senate's bathroom bill. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton, a "thoughtful proposal".
The bill also will allow for reciprocity agreements between West Virginia and its medical marijuana border states.
An earlier version needed two tries to get through the House, and passed with just two votes to spare.
The bill's sponsor, Houston Republican Rep. Dan Huberty, says it's not a full school finance overhaul but will lay the groundwork for larger changes that must be made in coming years. Democrats like Sen. Vincent Sheheen are calling this a "poison pill" that could kill the bill entirely when senators don't agree on tacking on tax cuts to the gas tax bill. A final, largely formulaic vote Thursday sends it to the Texas Senate.
Paddie's bill requires annual background checks, but not fingerprinting.
Sen. Don Huffines' bill has been listed on the "local and consent" calendar, making it eligible for passage with minimal debate. Kel Seliger would cap top 10 percent admissions at 30 percent. Larry Taylor of Friendswood, who heads the Senate Education Committee.
The Senate approved a bill that would allow home-schooled students to participate in public school sports and other activities. Seliger changed the bill to give more freedom to institutions and support students at underprivileged schools.
One amendment that would have set a new standard for "grade level" on state tests was withdrawn after causing confusion at the meeting.
The Missouri House approved a measure last week that would block the creation of state parks until maintenance on the almost 100 existing parks is completed. He says he was once pulled over in West Virginia because he went exactly 55 miles per hour in a work zone where that was the posted speed limit, and a law enforcement officer told him he was "holding up traffic".
In February, the board scrapped anti-evolution rules asking students to consider "all sides" of scientific theory.