Thursday, January 22, 2015

Budget Amendments Posted/Restraint and Seclusion Bill Advances

Yesterday, the budget amendments from Delegates and Senators were posted for the pubic to see.

We thank Senator Chafin for his Item 136 #11s and Delegate Plum for Item 136 #28h.  These two amendments would, if adopted, provide the state share of a 6% salary increase for SOQ instructional and support positions.  The cost is $241,114,902.

Senators who are not on the Finance Committee will present their amendments this afternoon. It is not yet clear when House members will present their amendments.

The budget amendments a legislator submits are sometimes reflective of their priorities.  You may wish to take the time to check out the amendments submitted by your Delegate and your Senator.

To see House amendments, click here.

To see Senate amendments, click here.

Senator Favolas seclusion and restraint bill, SB782, reported from the Senate Education and Health Committee.  This bill is on the fast track, and we are going to have to be very vigilant as the resulting regulations are developed by the Board of Education.