The conferees have been named for the diabetes bills, Sen. Stuart's SB 532 and Del. Cole's HB 134. They are Senators Barker, Deeds, and Stuart, and Delegates Cole, Dickie Bell, and Keam. Both the Senate and House language constitute a dramatic improvement over the introduced bill, but we prefer the House language.
In regard to the A-F School Grading bills, Sen. Miller's SB 324 and Del. Lande's HB 1229 and heading for conference. The Senate conferees on SB 324 are Miller, Barker, and Newman, and the House Conferees are Landes, Miller, and Bulova. The Senate conferees on HB 1229 are Miller, Puller, and Carrico and the House conferees are Landes, Miller, and Bulova. These conference committees are to our advantage. Del. Miller is a fierce opponent of A-F. I'm still hoping for a three year delay, but thinking it will be two.
We continue to meet with all urging support for funding for teacher and support personnel salaries. The special session will offer VEA a new opportunity to fight for salary funding.