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
big change here: no study of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression regardless of grade level
any lessons, materials, etc etc tied to lessons on human sexuality must be open for parent inspection
another big change: would require districts to have a meeting w/ public comment on what their bathroom policies should be then adopt policies re bathrooms to protect the "privacy rights" outlined in the bill - which are similar to the preludes of bathroom ban bills
so basically, hb 470 and sb 150 got smashed together, and now have "don't say gay" language AND language likely to force districts to enforce their own bathroom bans on trans and nonbinary kids

in committee 9 a.m. tomorrow. #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.

courier-journal.com/story/news/pol… 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
Read 10 tweets
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.
Read 56 tweets
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)
Read 4 tweets
Mar 14
BREAKING: Kentucky lawmakers are calling for a major audit on @JCPSKY -- including potential recommendations to split up Kentucky's largest school district.

I know what you're thinking - didn't JCPS just get audited?

Yupp - Wayne Lewis called for a state takeover five years ago. And JCPS spent more than two years remedying hundreds of flaws, and got released from state oversight in late 2020.

Not me just yesterday thinking, “wow the legislature has been silent on the JCPS front feels like I haven’t seen Marty Pollio in AGES”

Silly girl!!!!

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