Today was the beginning of the much-anticipated 2016 legislative session. The House released a number of pre-filed bills earlier this year and the Senate released 185 bills today.
MSBA members have been gearing up for the session throughout February with the 14 Days of Advocacy campaign. The two bills highlighted below are part of MSBA’s platform.
General Basic Revenue Funding Formula
Today Sen. John Hoffman, Sen. Greg Clausen, Sen. Alice Johnson, Sen. Jim Abeler and Sen. Vicki Jensen introduced an MSBA bill — SF 2318 — that would increase the general education basic revenue allowance by 1 percent. Now would be a great time to reach out to your senators via email or phone and ask them to support SF 2318.
Special Election to Fill a Board Vacancy
Sen. Katie Sieben, Sen. Terri Bonoff and Sen. Bill Weber introduced SF 2393, a bill to modify the timeline for when a special election is required to fill a school board vacancy. This bill will be heard 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Senate Rules and Administration Subcommittee on Elections. MSBA’s Director of Government Relations Grace Keliher will be testifying and is working with school districts who have been impacted by this to bring forth their stories.
The modification to the election law is a platform issue for MSBA. Click here for talking points for you to communicate with your legislators.
Advocacy and Construction
Remember your voice is relevant and needed at the Capitol. We hope you found the information from the 14 Days of Advocacy campaign helpful and that you will implement during the next 55 days of the legislative session. IF you plan on visiting the Capitol, please read MSBA’s blog post on Navigating the Capitol and Construction. Please feel free to reach out to the MSBA Government Relations team (below) for more information or to share impacts on your district.