The Ohio House Finance Committee met over four days this week and held hearings on House Bill (HB) 64, the biennial budget. The committee accepted a substitute version of the legislation on Tuesday. The following districts offered testimony on the bill:
• Belpre City
• Berea City
• Chardon Local (Geauga)
• Dayton City
• Hudson City
• Lakota Local (Butler)
• Mason City
• Princeton City
• Reading Community City
• Strongsville City
• Sycamore Community City
Click here for a summary of the education-related changes that were contained in the bill. The committee is expected to accepted another round of changes early next week. The full House will likely vote on the bill next week as well.
House Education Committee
The House Education Committee held a hearing on HB 25, which would require the State Board of Education to adopt rules for the sale of beverages and food during the regular school day in connection with school-sponsored fundraisers. Three students from Hilliard City’s Hilliard Darby High School testified in support of the bill.
The committee also heard HB 74, regarding changes to the assessment system. The committee accepted an omnibus amendment making several changes to the bill. Click here for a list of those changes.
Senate Finance Education Subcommittee
The Senate Education Committee met and heard sponsor testimony from Reps. Kristina Roegner (R-Hudson) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) on HB 2 with regard to the sponsorship and management of community schools. The committee also heard sponsor testimony from Sens. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Tom Sawyer (D-Akron) on Senate Bill (SB) 148. This legislation would make changes to the law regarding the governance, operation and management of community schools.
House State Government Committee
The House State Government Committee met and heard sponsor testimony on HB 114 from Reps. Kristina Roegner and Heather Bishoff (D-Jefferson Township). This legislation would require the Ohio Board of Building Standards to adopt rules for using a barricade device on a school door in an emergency situation and would prohibit the State Fire Code from prohibiting the use of the device in such a situation.
State Board of Education
The State Board of Education voted 11-7 to change the minimum operating standards for schools. These changes include the elimination of the “5 of 8” rule.
House Ways and Means Committee
The House Ways and Means Committee met and heard sponsor testimony from Rep. Mike Curtain (D-Columbus) on HB 99. This legislation would require that an amount equal to state income tax collections, less amounts contributed to the Ohio political party fund via the income tax checkoff, be distributed for the support of elementary, secondary, vocational and special education programs.
New education-related bills
Click here for a listing of new education-related legislation.
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