The Texas Senate has approved a bill that sharply reduces gun license fees.
The bill to make Indiana's state school superintendent an appointed position will get a second chance in the Senate.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, who authored the bill, says the last seven governors - four Republicans and three Democrats - have supported the change.
The amendment changes the date the law would go into effect from 2021 to 2025 and requires the schools chief to have lived in IN for at least two years and earned an advanced degree. He adds none of those potential provisions are his "favorite", saying he liked the way it passed the House.
Meanwhile, Republican state Rep. Matt Schaefer of Tyler attempted to amend the Railroad Commission legislation with language from the Senate's bill targeting transgender use of public-sector restroom use.
Though state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, did extract a promise from Long that if the measure ultimately passes and is sent to a House-Senate conference committee, it will not be allowed to go back to the House version with a 2021 start date and no qualification requirements.
"The changes are quite frankly window dressing", Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane said.
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IN has moved one step closer to making the superintendent for public instruction an appointed rather than an elected position.
The Senate bill was defeated last month by a vote of 26 to 23.
Teachers' unions say the changes improve the bill, but still say the superintendent should be an independent voice on education policy.
But after Democrat Glenda Ritz's 2012 surprise win over then-superintendent and Republican Tony Bennett, the issue became divisive mostly along party lines.
He told the committee, "The superintendent must have experience in public schools, and the people of in should have the right to elect this office". "This is a proper office to administer and superintend the department and policies established by the General Assembly and the State Board of Education".
He said the amendment makes it substantially different and can be acted upon. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, said he would vote no on the full Senate floor. To be sure, these expenditures would be for priority items such as honoring the state's Medicaid obligations, funding transportation needs, strengthening the CPS foster care network, and other vital priority programs approved by the Legislature.