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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Vos responds to Dems, provides updates on fetal tissue, other bills

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, speaking before the floor period today, said he's not certain his caucus will find consensus before session's end on a bill that would outlaw the sale of, and research on, fetal tissue derived from abortions.

The Rochester Republican also said he's moving forward with amendments to a school choice bill. They would correct, Vos said, a mistake in state law that allows for double counting of students who are in open enrollment for private schools. That "misdrafing," he said, has led to large property tax increases.

His amendment would prevent the double counting and "smooth out" the time it takes to recover property tax payments.

Vos also briefly responded to Dem criticism today that Republicans have eroded local control and passed unfunded mandates. He said he supports local control but understands there are exceptions.

"There are certainly times when it makes sense to have a statewide standard so we don't have a patchwork quilt," he said.

The speaker also predicted presidential candidate Marco Rubio will take second in the New Hampshire primary today. Vos is a supporter of Rubio's.


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