The long and winding road for the E-12 Education Finance bill (HF1) has reached its last stop; the Governor’s desk. We are very confident that he will sign it into law.
Earlier today during the 2015 Special Session, HF1 passed both the House and the Senate with strong bipartisan support. In the House, there were 115 votes in favor and 10 in opposition, and in the Senate, there were 53 votes in favor and 12 in opposition.
This bill contains MSBA’s top five priorities:
- Basic education formula (2% each year)
- Early Learning
- Long-Term Facilities Maintenance Revenue
- Alterative Pay System (QComp)
- Concurrent enrollment
We will be reporting the complete bill in our 2015 Legislative Summary.
As of this writing, we were hoping to report that the special session work is finished; however, the Agriculture and Environment bill (SF5) hit a bump in the road. There continues to be ongoing negotiations and arm twisting in order to garner enough votes since the legislature has until 7a.m. to pass the bill out of the Senate and House.
Stay tuned for a comprehensive summary of the 2015 legislative session with a list of new education funding and policy provisions, and new regulations and requirements for school districts. We will be posting the 2015 MSBA Legislative Summary to the Capitol Connections as soon as possible.