Highlights of HSPA’s efforts with the General Assembly this week:
• S.B. 288, which would preserve the publication of budget hearing notices, passed out of the Senate Local Government Committee with a 6-0 vote. Usually this sends the bill to the floor for its second reading, but it was reassigned to the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee. The bill’s author, State Sen. Sue Glick, R-LaGrange, said committee chair State Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, has agreed to give the bill a hearing.
• H.B. 1610, authored by State Rep. Jud McMillin, R-Brookville, will not get a hearing in the House Government and Regulatory Reform Committee, according to chairman State Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City. The bill would have effectively eliminated public notice advertising.
• State Sen. Pete Miller, R-Brownsburg, has amended in committee S.B. 500 to eliminate original language that would have ended publication of notices by schools, including the annual school performance report. The amended bill that concerns school deregulation now goes to the full Senate for consideration.