With funnel week fast approaching, committee work took the focus this week to make sure that key legislation continues to stay alive. The legislative “funnel” is a rule that requires bills to receive approval from at least one committee to remain eligible for consideration. If a bill fails to advance out of committee, it is considered dead until next session begins. I’ll have more information on bills that survived the funnel in next week’s newsletter.
Members worked hard this week as we debated reforms to the state’s collective bargaining laws. On Thursday afternoon, both the House and Senate passed House File 291 and sent it the Governor, where we expect him to sign the bill into law.
Each legislative session is governed by a set of deadlines that help keep the session on pace and give necessary structure to our work. There are two funnels each session, the first of which is March 3. In order to meet these impending deadlines and respect the full legislative process, we have to work quickly on legislation we want to get accomplished this year.
We fulfilled our commitment last week of setting Supplemental State Aid within the first 30 days of session. This provides school districts with the certainty they need to begin planning their budgets for next school year. Thank you to the Senate and the Governor for their shared commitment in getting this done in a timely manner.
As we wrap up our fourth full week of session, our attention remains steady on setting Supplemental School Aid (SSA), and the broader school funding conversation. As stated in last week’s newsletter, House Republicans want to expand the discussion beyond percentages, and keep other key issues at the forefront such as allowing for more flexibility, resolving inequities, and creating certainty for schools. Read more »