COLUMBIA, S.C. -There's new pressure on the South Carolina Senate to pass a plan to fix state roads, after more than half the House held a news conference to say not passing a plan the last three years has already cost South Carolinians more than $1 billion in deteriorating roads.
Among the details of HB 21 is that the increase per student includes monies in what the state calls transportation funding; however, because it will flow through the basic allotment there will be no restrictions on use, Spratt said.
The bill has seen some pushback from people who want school districts to receive a pot of money set aside for gifted and talented programs.
Despite bipartisan support for the measure, 11 Republican senators voted against it, including Sen.
The Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction, or ASATR, fund was meant to be a temporary stopgap for districts that would've lost money when the state capped local school property taxes, but bill author and Brenham Sen.
"It can come back next year", said Bradley.
Senator Tom Greene, a Republican from Burlington who is a retired pharmacist, said one estimate indicates more than 12,500 Iowans could qualify for such treatment if the bill becomes law.
While Uber has left other Texas cities over fingerprint requirements, including Corpus Christi and Galveston, the company continues to operate in Houston, the state's biggest city, even though city regulations there still require drivers to be fingerprinted. "Or the people of this state?" asked Bill Brothers with AFS.
According to the 2017 Kids Count in Indiana Data Book, Indiana ranked third out of 37 states in the percentage of high school students who seriously considered attempting suicide in 2015.
Neither was willing to divulge any information about a compromise Tuesday after their competing bills (SB 406/HB 1397) cleared their second hearings in front of each chamber's health care budget subcommittee.
No school finance fix is required this session, though, since Texas' Supreme Court ruled last summer that the system was flawed and in need of a top-to-bottom overhaul, but nonetheless barely constitutional.
Texas has about 350,000 home-schooled students who are now barred from competing in the University Interscholastic League, the state's governing body for high school sports.
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.
In February, the board scrapped anti-evolution rules asking students to consider "all sides" of scientific theory. A final vote comes Friday. Democrats on the House panel took shots at a number of provisions in Rodrigues' bill, from the number of licenses to the number of dispensaries to the routes of administration.
No action was taken on the gas tax bill, so the Senate will reconvene Thursday at 10am.
In a move that may have corporations rattled, the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill to allow for prejudgment interest to be collected in personal injury settlements.