Good morning from a gloomy Frankfort. Day 25/30 of #KYGA23 is underway.

We’re about 20 minutes out from a special meeting of the House Education Committee, where the agenda is jam packed but the room is not.

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Here's today's House Education Committee agenda. Most people are here to speak on Senate Bill 5, which would create a process for schools to handle parent complaints about books, programs, etc. #KYGA23 Image
And away we go. Chair Rep. James Tipton says they're moving SB 5 to the end of the agenda. We're starting with Senate Bill 3, Sen. Max Wise's educator liability insurance bill. #KYGA23
Wise says there is no funding in the bill, but they plan on funding it next year during the budget cycle.

He doesn't have an estimate of how much this will cost. #KYGA23
SB 3 passes. SB 25, which tweaks postsecondary readiness indicators, is up now. #KYGA23
SB 25 passes, too. Sen. Mike Wilson's second bill, Senate Bill 107, is up now.

This one initially changed the Ky. Board of Ed nominating process to have an appointee nominating committee that recommends appointees to the Gov. A sub bill cuts that committee. #KYGA23
With that change, I believe the only thing this bill does now is requiring Kentucky's education commissioner to be confirmed by the Senate.

KBE would still hire the commish. They would get four year contracts and would need reconfirmed every four years. #KYGA23
Wilson and other supporters have argued this bill will make KBE less politicized.

Rep. Tina Bojanowski asks how does this make things less political when a currently nonpartisan position would now be subject to approval by a Republican supermajority. #KYGA23
SB 107 passes. SB 81, from Sen. Amanda Mays Bledsoe, is up now.

This one deals with the number of days in private and parochial school calendars. Someone calls for a motion before the bill is explained. #KYGA23
Rep. Josie Raymond is just like ... what does this bill do?

Mays Bledsoe says private schools have to go as long as the public schools - so if Fayette County goes 175 and the state min. # of required days is 170, private schools have to do 175.

This ends that. #KYGA23
SB 81 passes. We're now at ease because we're missing some of the Senators who are supposed to present bills. #KYGA23
Sen. Stephen West is here. He's presenting SB 156, which would create a new statewide reading research center. #KYGA23
SB 156 passes and now heads to the full House. It still needs three readings there, so the earliest it could get a vote is Wednesday.

Not thinking this is at risk of a Beshear veto, so they could also pass this at the end of the month post-veto period. #KYGA23
And time for the final bill on the list: Senate Bill 5.

Remember, this creates a process for handling parent complaints. Starts with the principal and then can be appealed to the school board. #KYGA23
Bill sponsor Sen. Jason Howell says he's gotten criticisms from those on the left because it goes too far, and from those on the right because it doesn't go far enough.

He thinks that means he's gotten SB 5 close to right. #KYGA23
Bojanowski asks what "prurient" means.

She says she googled it and found it used to mean "mental itching."
Howell says it doesn't really matter how *he* defines it because the point is to allow each local school board to define it according to their "community standards."
Howell says challenged works need to be taken as a whole, giving the example of an art textbook with a statue with an exposed breast not causing the book to be pulled.
Rep. Josie Raymond asks about how this bill would impact the parent-teacher relationship, expressing concern this bill would make it easier for parents to immediately go above a teacher's head and straight to the principal.

Howell says parents can still go to teachers first.
Raymond asks if Howell can provide examples of programs at schools in Kentucky that would be a problem under this bill.

He can't name any specifics but cites concerns that events in other states will come here.
Rep. Killian Timoney, a R with an education background, says he supports SB 5 because he thinks materials should be age-appropriate.
TImoney says he is a former principal and asks if they considered using the SBDM council in the process, because the proposed 10-day turnaround time for principals seems burdensome.

Howell says the bill allows for extensions if both principal/parent agree.
Senate President Robert Stivers recounts an incident in his district: "We had what was called 'twerking'"
I ... I think he's discussing the Hazard Independent "man pageant" thing ... but I'm not sure…
OK time for speakers. Ten people have signed up. They'll get three minutes each. #KYGA23
First two have been against the bill, with the latter pointing out we are facing a teacher shortage and instead of taking big steps to confront it, lawmakers are passing things like SB 5 that would add work on teachers' plates. #KYGA23
Third speaker introduces himself as a member of the Communist Party and the Kentucky Pirate Party.
Pirate man and the following two speakers have also been against SB 5.
Update on the Kentucky Pirate Party - Ethan Osborne is the one who spoke earlier.…
The majority of testimony has been against the bill.

Miranda Stovall, the parent who challenged "Gender Queer" in JCPS and lost, is speaking in favor of SB 5.
Stovall says all we hear is about LGBTQ. If there are books without sexual content and are LGBTQ themes, then bring them in. Her issue is with sexual content, she says.
Mirna Eads with Moms for Liberty starts by saying they're not banning books, they're *challenging* them.
Former state rep candidate Jerry Gearding, who frequently trashes me from his formerly anonymous burner account on Twitter, is the last speaker today. He's in favor of SB 5.

"We're protecting kids, that's what we have to do."
He is reading a statement from someone else - a statement that has mentioned LGBTQ, DEI, CRT, "the rainbow library," and Marxism.
In voting, Rep. Josh Calloway goes after JCPS school board for not allowing Stovall to remove "Gender Queer" from a handful of high school libraries.

The school board didn't have a say in her challenge.
SB 5 passes on a party-line vote. Off to the full House. It doesn't have any readings, so the earliest it could get a full vote is Wednesday. It will be a close call - they need to get this done by the veto period.
Meeting adjourns with Tipton reminding everyone to keep an eye out for more meetings this week.

Someone asked if they should expect to meet at their normal time 8 a.m. tomorrow and I don't think he responded.
I’m now in the Senate for the afternoon. @joesonka is covering the House A&R meeting. #KYGA23
The House convenes at 4 p.m., FYI
House Bill 470 just got a second reading in the Senate. #KYGA23
Unless I missed it, I don't think HB 470 got a committee assignment.

If that holds true, it has the readings but could be held up to get that assignment so it can get a cmte vote and then a Senate vote.

It has the readings to get a cmte and floor vote on the same day.
We’re moving into the Senate’s orders of the day, starting with House Bill 75 - hospital rate improvement.
OK Senate is done orders for today. They're about to recess for caucus meetings.
Senate is in recess. #KYGA23
Senate is returning senate is returning welcome back
The Senate just added House Bill 360 and HB 448 to tonight's orders of the day. #KYGA23
HB 360 is up first. Some background on the bill is in here:…
HB 360 w/ the Senate's changes unanimously passes out of the Senate. It will head back to the House for concurrence. #KYGA23
HB 448 is up now.
And HB 448 passes and will also go back to the House for concurrence. #kyga23

Schickel, Southworth and Williams are no votes.
And the Senate is done with the orders of the day (again)
If my hearing is good enough, I think the rules committee is planning on putting HB 470 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

That committee tends to meet Thursday mornings but wouldn't be surprised if a special meeting got called at a different time.
oooooo wait no - hb 407 is in senate judiciary ignore ignore
OK unless I misheard again, HB 470 did *not* get a cmte assignment?
OK OK HB 470 to Senate Families and Children, which typically meets Tuesday mornings but met this morning so idk

Words and rules and schedules are not real this week ok
potential schedule for tomorrow:

8 a.m. - House ed (maybe) feat. SB 150 (which might be radically overhauled)

9 a.m. - Senate families and children (maybe) feat. HB 470

10 a.m. - Senate L&O feat. medical marijuana, gray machines and (maybe) sports betting. #KYGA23
Sen. Danny Carroll just confirmed HB 470 WILL be heard tomorrow at 9 a.m.
HB 470 has enough readings to pass both committee and the Senate tomorrow.
Senate adjourned. #KYGA23

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Mar 14
Kentucky’s Senate finishes its business without a vote on HB 470.
LOL Sen. Damon Thayer just said they might have more orders of the day later today lol nice
Spoke with Calloway a bit earlier - he declined to share details about his floor amendments today and said the situation is "fluid."
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Mar 14
Another lil twist in Kentucky's fight to figure out what it wants to do on the anti-trans/"parents' rights" front.

HB 173 didn't even get a committee assignment, signaling limited appetite for it as is.
And given how some Senate Rs think HB 470 goes too far, hard to see how HB 173-as-a-floor-amendment is successful / torpedoes the entire thing before the veto period.
As I explain here, getting the House and Senate - and all of the factions within - to agree by 11:59 p.m. Thursday could spell doom for not just HB 470, but *all* "parents' rights" and anti-trans legislation in KY.… Image
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Mar 14
Seeing a lot of confusion in the mentions about this.

The surprise last-second push to audit @JCPSKY will not happen because a House committee refused to vote on it.

This means the potential JCPS audit will not happen.

Again, audit NOT happening.…
I'm going to walk through this as simply as I can.

Senate Bill 156 is a bill. It is a bill dealing with a state reading research center.

It passed out of a Senate committee and the Senate earlier in the session. #KYGA23
This means its next step in the legislative process is passing out of a House committee.

It was assigned to the House Education Committee. That committee passed the bill yesterday morning.

That meant its next step would have been a House vote. BUT
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Mar 14
Good morning from Frankfort! It is Day 26 of #KYGA23 and what a day it will be!

Starting my day in the House Education Committee where lawmakers will vote on a sudden bill to audit @JCPSKY.

The crowd for JCPS is hoppin’. Three of the roughly 11 folks here are with JCPS. Image
SB 156 is up now.

Rep. Tina Bojanowski, a JCPS teacher, says she was really excited about the bill initially because it dealt with reading - but now she isn't thrilled.
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Mar 14
so ok let's run through tomorrow

8 a.m. - surprise shawtyyyyy sb 156 is back at it in house education with a brand new direct aim at jcps

9 a.m. - ban on gender-affirming medical care + don't say gay surprise mashup in senate families + children
also at 9 a.m. because my coverage areas are not considered in making the last-full-week-of-session schedule - a random hearing on a school choice amendment bill that can't legally pass this session because sure why not
10 a.m. - a hearing on all the bills that always get so close yet remain so far aka gray machines and medical marijuana in senate l & o (rip to sports betting's inclusion on this cmte list)
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Mar 14
Obtained a copy of the committee sub on HB 470 and it is a doozy. #KYGA23

Basically, they took SB 150, added a lil spice, and dumped it into HB 470.
By added a lil spice, I mean adding:

-no convos on human sexuality or STDs before 6th grade
-parents must provide written consent for 6th grade+ to learn about those topics
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