On April 13, the House K-12 Education Finance and Policy omnibus bill (House File 2497) was discussed in the Ways and Means Committee before being passed out of committee and on to the general register. The bill will now be heard on the House floor.
The bill discussion began with a bill introduction from Rep. Cheryl Youakim (DFL - District 46B), Chair of the House Education Finance Committee.
Minneapolis Schools Voices provided an in-depth look at the House K-12 Education Finance and Policy omnibus bill earlier this month.
Following Youakim’s presentation, there was a question and answer session in the committee meeting, beginning with a question on the costs associated with the bill by Rep. Marion O’Neill (GOP - District 29B). A handful of other legislators spoke up with questions on the bill, as well, then Youakim offered some final comments on the bill before the meeting concluded.
House File 2497 was passed out of committee and will now be scheduled to be heard on the House floor.
Also on April 13, the Senate K-12 Education Omnibus Finance and Policy bill was discussed in the Senate Taxes Committee. The focus of the bill introduction and discussion in the committee was on the tax-related portions of the omnibus bill.
Much of the schedule for this week, April 17 - April 21, is unknown and dependent on bills being passed through the Ways and Means Committee.
You can track the legislative schedule yourself by visiting their combined calendar, which is updated regularly. Just a note that most education-related legislation in the next few weeks will be going through Ways and Means or heard on the House or Senate floors.
To track what is happening in the House, you can view their Order of Business, where you can also sign up for a myriad of email notifications and updates from the House. To see what is happening on the House Floor, specifically, you can visit their Calendar of the Day.