State bills aimed at gun violence and enhanced mental health services advance


The bill, authored by Senate Finance Chairman Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, and Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, and strongly touted by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, has passed the Senate and is pending in the House.

The most controversial measure, and the part of the bill that saves the state the most money, would cut cost of living adjustments for teachers from 1.5 percent to 1 percent until the plan is 90 percent funded.

Jim Wallace, executive director of the Gun Owners Action League, was outside Senate President Harriette Chandler's office as the caucus began, talking with Moore and a representative of the Humane Society about anti-poaching legislation. "The way I see it", said Staviski.

On capital construction, several critical projects are hanging in the balance, including state health facilities, mineral-impacted roads and the University of Wyoming's Science Initiative facility.

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"As legislators, it is our duty to make sure that our students and teachers are safe when they go to school", said State Sen.

Teachers in Kentucky say they kept a close eye on what was going on with statewide strikes recently in West Virginia. "I would have been a single mother, possibly, and I think I would have done well".

The Senate bills also include the creation of a school resource officers education aid program, give peace officer status for school resource officers and upgrade school safety improvement teams. Requiring school districts to pay 2 percent of teacher salaries toward retirement "feels like the responsibility is being placed on retirees and. on school board and cities and counties", he said. The state is at least $41 billion short of what it needs to pay retirement benefits over the next 30 years.

"The fight isn't over", said Sen.

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The measure is attempting to remedy the state's broken pension system, but educators are anxious that it would be at the cost of billions of dollars in benefits to them.

State workers hired since January 1, 2014 already receive cash-balance plans that guarantee retirement accounts grow by at least 4 percent every year. I think this is the concept, is what we've got to look at. "It's the furthest that BP legislation has gone yet". The chambers' leaders, the governor or Cabinet members can suspend or revoke lobbyists' registrations if they violate the ethics policies. "While we made much progress, we're not in a position to get the budget done by Saturday", he said.

The general-revenue fund budget approved by the House is $156 million more than last year's $4.2 billion budget, with most of the increase attributed to the pay raises and freezing of Public Employees Insurance Agency benefits for the next year.

"It might tell us how the mechanics of it works", he said.

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O'Connor Ives said that it will be important that whatever the Senate decides to take up, it be a package of reforms that can also pass the House and be signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker.