Capitol Views by Maginnis: Senate moving education bills; bill extends seatbelt law to SUVs; and legislators get a rubdown
After a one-week breather, the governor's two major House-passed education bills are moving in the state Senate. In a less rancorous setting than last week's 16-hour hearing in the House Education Committee, the Senate committee today approved House Bill 974, which revamps teacher tenure. Currently, the committee is considering administration amendments to HB 976, a school choice bill. Assuming it passes today, it will be heard in Senate Finance Committee on Monday, and both bills could be on the floor by Wednesday. With amendments attached, the school choice bill by Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, would have to return to the House for a final vote on those changes.
—State law already requires all passengers in cars, trucks and vans to use seatbelts, but, in the interest of including everyone, the House passed a bill including SUV passengers. Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, who introduced HB 197, said he wants to clarify the law so that even passengers in the far back seats know they need to buckle up.
—After a much more active and stressful first three weeks of the session, Massage Therapy Day was welcomed at the Capitol today. Legislators, lobbyists and staffers lined up for rubdowns on one of four benches set up by massage therapists. Their annual day at the Legislature is held in conjunction with Louisiana Physical Therapy Day.
(John Maginnis will publish a daily update throughout the legislative session on Daily Report PM. The report is also available to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers on the Subscribers Only page at LaPolitics.com. Registration is available on the homepage.)
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is providing a daily video update featuring highlights of the session, which you can see beginning at 6 p.m. here.
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