March 21, 2018

Female lawmakers say Fla. Senate killing their priorities

11 March 2018, 04:51 | Lena Norman



Beshear has openly spoken out against the reform bill and has warned lawmakers that the changes violate an inviolable contract made between the state and state employees that guarantees them a pension and comfortable living after retirement. "We are disappointed with the rigid approach of some, particularly in the Senate, who refuse to fund education over the next biennium without making drastic and harmful cuts", said Kathy Vetter, WEA president. This is what we have.

They got some answers as Senate Bill 1 advanced through a Senate committee this week.

For the latest breaking news and stories from across the Tri-State, follow Eyewitness News on Facebook and Twitter. In hopes to increase roadway safety, HB 33 passed a Senate committee this week and now goes to the full Senate for consideration.

Lawmakers continued to negotiate the terms of opioid legislation, with the Senate standing firm in its position that insurance companies should not put obstacles in the way of medication-assisted therapy.

House Bill 4145, which was finalized Tuesday and ended nine days statewide walkout of school employees, offers the raise to teachers, service personnel and state police.

But Democrats had refused to budge over their objections to the language, which would extend tax benefits to families that withdraw funds from their state-run 529 college-savings plans to pay for kindergarten-through-12th-grade education expenses, including private school tuition. Sadler was one of about 50 teachers and staff from two public schools in the state Capitol who stood on the side of a busy road in frigid weather to hold signs opposing Senate bill 1. "Next week you need to have 1,000 teachers her and you need to let them hear it louder than ever", said Jones.

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"I think our demonstration had a lot to do with it".

"This fight is not over, it is far from over", Jones said. "But I'm still going to save the pension whether they like it or not", said Bevin.

State lawmakers have taken painful steps to ensure the system is fully funded this year.

GOP lawmakers say the bill would save taxpayers $3.2 billion over the next 20 years.

"I believe that now is the time to take action, and we have an opportunity before us to demonstrate that the state legislature in the state of NY is taking these massacres that are happening across this country seriously", the Buffalo Democrat told News 4, pushing for the gun control measures passed by the Assembly. Head said that legislation is part of an ongoing solution to the drug epidemic in Indiana. Local Kentucky Education Association union president Kelly Beckett said teachers are some of the "most highly educated voters in our state". While there are enough House Republicans to pass spending bills by themselves, GOP members had failed to cajole the few holdouts in their caucus, and fell a single vote short of passing the appropriation the day before, on Wednesday.

"We've really spent over a week trying to bring the two sides together", said Sen.

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