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Passing lane bill fails to yield in Senate

Passing lane bill fails to yield in Senate

Fort Bend ISD's Chief Financial Officer Steve Bassett started his career in the financial sector, working for powerhouse corporations like AT&T and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

As lawmakers debate possible reforms to the school finance system this week, they might decide whether to continue offering extra money to districts like Texas City ISD, which past year was forced to annex a struggling district next to it.

On Thursday, the House Education Committee passed an amended bill, HB 549, which will bring the House measure closer to a similar proposal making its way through the Senate. It needs one more vote to get to the governor's desk.

"It's not the South Carolina Senate that's blocking the gas tax increase, it is the South Carolina Republican party, the South Carolina Republican senators, and Henry McMaster who are stopping us from fixing our roads", said Senator Vincent Sheheen.

The Texas Tribune thanks its sponsors. Although it's unlikely that such a substantial change will be approved this legislative session, it could be considered more seriously in the future when the Legislature explores school finance fixes during the interim and following sessions. With less then three weeks to go, the Legislature still has many issues facing it, not the least of which is the budget, transportation funding, construction defects and a slew of resolutions and partisan "statement" measures that always make for long days at the end of a session. In addition, Senator Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, said lawmakers consulted with companies selling medical cannabis products in other states, to come up with the list of conditions for which cannabis could be prescribed as treatment.

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Susan Spicka, executive director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, says they looked for evidence that arming school personnel increases student safety, and found none. It edits the state's formula, with the intention of distributing the money more equitably.

Texas educates 5.3 million-plus public school students, more than any state except California, but has endured almost 50 years of legal battles, with the Legislature frequently cutting classroom budgets and school districts responding with a series of lawsuits.

The Senate Education Committee discussed a bill that would radically simplify the state's school finance formula, stripping it of some antiquated provisions. The committee passed two amendments to the bill that day, but ran out of time when Steube introduced a third amendment.

Sen. Sean Bennett wants tax reform - some cuts in income tax built into the bill that would raise the gas tax by 12-cents-per-gallon in increments of two cents for 6 years. "It's just based on the high school, so it could be rural Texas, the border, north Texas, anywhere". The state, which pays the difference, has been decreasing its share over time, instead relying on property tax revenue.

"The National School Safety Security Services advises against it", she said.

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