We are at just more than 16 hours left in the 2018 session and a number of things may be moving. As I wrote on Friday in my entry about vehicle bills, the Legislature has taken a conference committee on a minor education-related bill and are going to use that as a vehicle for a very focused school safety bill that will spend $50 million in one-time money and send that to schools for uses allowed under the current school safety statute. The bill will also allow school districts to waive the 2% staff development set-aside without reaching agreement with the local bargaining unit.
While not providing on-going money for school safety or directly addressing the Governor's request for emergency funding, this effort would, at least on paper, serve as a response to the Governor's negotiating stance.
Stay tuned and let's hope that we end up with what Etta James was asking for in this classic.