Issue Background

Lame Duck Issues

Every lame duck a large amount of bills are considered and passed.  

We urge our members to be outspoken advocates during this time as things tend to move very quickly.

MASB's Government Relations team will send out weekly updates as usual, but also action alerts whenever any of these issues, or others, appear to be headed for action in the House or Senate.

Read the emails - contact your legislators - let your voices be heard!

MASB's voice and positions are made stronger each time one of its members takes action.

Here are the bills MASB is currently following (click on the bill numbers for more information):

Senate Bill 25 -- Require members of the State Board of Education to be selected from regions

Status: Stalled on Senate Floor 

MASB position: monitoring

Senate Bill 41 -- Allows mental health training for teachers as part of their continuing education and professional development

Status: Stalled on Senate Floor

MASB position: monitoring

Senate Bill 431 -- Weakens local zoning regulations on aggregate mining operations

Status: Stalled on Senate Floor

MASB position: oppose

Senate Bill 657 -- Provides alternative teaching certificate process for special education teachers

Status:  Signed into law

MASB position: support

Senate Bill 910 -- Modifies procedure for issuance of student work permits during a declared emergency

Status:  Signed into law

MASB position: support

Senate Bills 1105 and 1106 -- Creates new payment in lieu of taxes for solar equipment

Status: Vetoed by Governor

MASB position: oppose

Senate Bill 1176 and 1177 -- Eliminates student growth as a component of performance evaluations for public school teachers

Status: Stalled in committee

MASB position: support

Senate Bills 1149-1150  -- Sales and use tax exemptions for fully automated consumer goods systems

Status: Pocket Vetoed 

MASB position: oppose

Senate Bill 1153  -- Personal property tax exemption for fully automated consumer goods systems

Status: Pocket Vetoed

MASB position: oppose

Senate Bills 1178 and 1180 -- Sales and use tax exemptions for consumer goods micro-fulfillment systems

Status: Stalled on Senate Floor 

MASB position: oppose

Senate Bill 1179  -- Personal property tax exemption for for consumer goods micro-fulfillment systems

Status: Stalled on Senate Floor

MASB position: oppose

House Bill 4342 (H-3) -- Allows current school employees to substitute

Status: Stalled in committee

MASB position: oppose as introduced, support H-3 version

House Bill 4694 -- Allows retired staff to come back to work in critical shortage areas without losing benefits

Status: Signed into law

MASB position: support

House Bill 5038 -- Creates a $500 civil fine for entering a school bus without authorization or impeding or obstructing a school bus

Status:  Stalled in committee

MASB position: support

House Bill 5040 -- Allows signs prohibiting entering of school buses

Status:  Stalled in committee

MASB position: support

House Bill 5041 -- Allows the use of school bus stop-arm cameras

Status:  Stalled into committee

MASB position: support

House Bill 5042 -- Allows the use of school bus stop-arm cameras

Status:  Stalled in committee

MASB position: support

House Bill 5059 (Slagh) -- Reimburses ISD’s for school operating mills lost in brownfield redevelopment authorities

Status: Signed into law

MASB position: support

House Bill 5297 -- Requires comprehensive eye and vision testing for students

Status: Stalled in committee

MASB position: oppose as introduced, neutral on the H-2 version

House Bill 5418 -- Creates rules to provide schools with do-not-resuscitate orders and comfort or care plans

Status: Signed into law

MASB position: support

House Bill 5470 -- Eliminates certain reporting requirements for the department of education and the state treasurer regarding deficit districts

Status: Signed into law

MASB position: Support

House Bill 6201 -- Creates a new penalty for failing to stop for or passing a school bus

Status: Stalled in committee

MASB position: support

House Bill 6207 -- Extends ability for school boards to hold virtual board meetings without limitations until March 31, 2021

Status: Replaced by Senate Bill 1246 which was signed into law

MASB position: support