The hot topic of the day was filled with emotion as area teachers and administrators discussed their displeasure with current bills that are progressing through the legislature that will provide state funds to pay tuition to private schools, changing the funding formula to cut General funds by over $200,000 to our local schools, along with several other education related bills that would change education throughout the state.
The session began with Sen. Connie Lawson discussing her work in authoring a number of Health related bills such as SB0004, suicide prevention training for school personnel and SB0088, which covers mental health issues. She also is authoring bills on election and local government reform issues.
Sen. Richard Bray, who chairs the Judiciary committee and authored several bills, spoke on SB0215 Forfeiture bill, which was a major topic during the last election along with several other issues.
Steve Cash, chairman of the Putnam County Farm Bureau Government Relations Committee, discussed the current agriculture-related bills that were making their way to the Senate. Other issues brought to the senators' attention included the immigration bill and those dealing with local government reorganization.
The next Legislative Update meeting will be March 19 at 8 a.m. in the Greencastle Farm Bureau boardroom.