- SB 5612 - the original bill would have required schools districts and ESDs to purchase health insurance from the state Health Care Authority. The bill is signficantly different from the recommendations offered by the State Auditor's Office, which released a report that called for a separate, self-insured entity to offer health insurance for school districts. A proposed amendment being considered this afternoon would dramatically change the bill, turning it into a study with a report due December 15, 2011.
- SB 5639 - the Governor's education restructuring bill. The bill is scheduled to move from committee without amendment; we've been informed a substitute bill will be drafted for the floor action.
The House Ways & Means Committee is also acting on bills this afternoon, including SHB 1815, which would allow school districts to use 2009-10 funding levels in their levy base. A similar bill, SHB 1814, which include the federal EduJobs is not being passed from committee at this time. Proponents say the fiscal impact might be too rich, and the bill might need to be capped at one-year's worth of support. Stay tuned!
5 p.m. is the cutoff for bills with fiscal impact.