Good morning. Today is Wednesday, the 73rd day of the 105-day session.
A group of teachers came to the Capitol on Tuesday as part of a weeklong effort to lobby for smaller classes. They argued that lawmakers should suspend high school tests as a graduation requirement and use the money for K-4 class-size reductions.
The Senate Transportation Committee will hear Senate Bill 5176, the Senate version of the two-year transportation budget, which was released Tuesday. The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote on its version of the transportation budget, House Bill 1175.
The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee will have a hearing on House Bill 1808, the governor’s proposal to create a “launch-year” program that makes it easier for high school seniors to earn college credit.
The House Higher Education Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5749, a measure that would change the amount that credits can appreciate under the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program, which allows people to buy future tuition credits at today’s prices. The changes, which supporters say are necessary to keep the program from becoming a financial liability, would only affect GET units purchased after July 31.
The House Health Care and Wellness Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5073, a proposal to license medical-marijuana dispensaries and give patients some protections from arrest.
The House Labor and Workforce Development Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1511, one of several measures that would limit the benefits that ferry workers can get through collective bargaining. A similar proposal, Senate Bill 5405, already passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee.
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled for a vote on Senate Bill 5852, which would prevent public employees from collecting a pension and a paycheck at the same time if they retire, then return to work.
They Shall Walk, a nonprofit medical research group, is set to hold Disabled Persons Advocacy Day in the Capitol at 9 a.m.