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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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Amendments planned for online registration, special needs scholarship bills

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said there are amendments planned for the online voter registration and special needs scholarship bills.

The change to the online registration bill deals with a provision covering campaign contributions. The Rochester Republican's amendment tweaks the bill and serves essentially as a catch-all, making sure there are limits for campaign contributions to state lawmakers from federal PACs.

The amendment to the special needs bill replaces a previous one by Vos, though they both deal with changes to the overall funding formula public schools use for voucher students.

The original amendment would have required public schools count voucher students on a three-year rolling average, meaning they would be counted one-third the first year, two-thirds the second and fully the third before phasing back toward zero in following years. Current law lets districts count those students for the full amount immediately toward revenue limit authority.

The new amendment would let public schools count the full voucher scholarship amount immediately but not the additional money it costs to educate a student in that district.

The Assembly on Thursday will take up an amendment-free special needs scholarship bill the Senate passed 19-13 along party lines. The Assembly version of the bill was on the calendar today.




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