Following deadline, legislative committees start shutting down
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The Legislature is wrapping up committee work. The second chamber deadline passed Friday, May 24, meaning that policy committees can no longer move bills. Anything still in those committees is dead, and most committees will likely stop meeting.
The Ways and Means, Joint Student Success, Rules and revenue committees can continue to work bills. The Student Success co-chairs, however, have indicated that with the passage of the Student Success Act the major work of the committee is completed. Ways and Means and Rules will continue to meet. Agency budgets are working through the process of becoming law.
The action now shifts to the chamber floors.
There are a few bills that will be costly to school districts, including House Bill 2016 (the post-Janus labor negotiations bill) and House Bill 2005 (paid family leave). Those costs pale in comparison to the funding districts expect from a $9 billion State School Fund and the Student Success Act and potential savings from Senate Bill 1049’s Public Employees Retirement System cost containment.