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Lame Duck Session Begins Today

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, Nov. 9, 2016

Now that the election is over and the dust is starting to settle, the Legislature returns for its lame duck legislative session. The House and Senate are expected to meet for about 11 days before the end of the year. There are numerous issues, many of which affect the education community that could be addressed before the Legislature adjourns in December.

MASB has a complete list of bills we are watching available for you. Things in lame duck can move at an accelerated pace, thereby making it difficult to share timely information. We will do our best to keep you as informed as possible throughout the month.

We will also be holding a Views From the Capitol webcast on Monday, Nov. 21 at noon. This edition will focus on the last few weeks of the lame duck session and what we expect. We’ll go into detail on various bills we’re tracking and take any questions you may have.

Some of the issues we expect to see brought up in lame duck include:

  • Creating a statewide standard for the use of seclusion and restraint in schools
  • Making changes to the zero tolerance law
  • Energy law restructuring that will affect electric choice

The two-way webcast will begin at noon. To join, save this link to enter the room, select “enter as guest,” provide your name and you’re connected. Mark your calendar and join us on Nov. 21.

Also, keep an eye out for action alerts to contact your State Representative, State Senator or the Governor. Please share these alerts with your fellow board members, staff, family and friends. The more voices the Legislature hears from, the more effective we are.

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