Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report (100-42)

HOUSE APPROVES NEW FUNDING BILL
EFFORT TO OVERRIDE SB 1 VETO FAILS
A new school funding formula is one vote away from reality, but the road was rocky and the results are mixed. With the legislature caught up between the legislature’s version of SB 1 and the Governor’s version of SB 1, a tweaked evidence-based funding model was added to a new bill – SB 1947

New provisions added to the mix in SB 1947 include an income tax credit for private school tuition and a form of mandate relief for public schools.

When SB 1947 was first called for a vote Monday afternoon on the House floor, it failed miserably on a vote of 46-61-5, far short of the 71 votes needed for passage. After their respective caucus meetings, legislators returned to the floor for a vote on the override motion on the Governor’s amendatory veto of SB 1. This motion also came up well short of the 71 votes needed with only 63 representatives voting for the override. The Speaker of the House then recalled SB 1947 for a vote and it was approved on a bipartisan vote of 73-34-3.

The bill will be taken up in the Senate later today (Tuesday) for final action.