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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Law and Justice Committee spent Tuesday and Wednesday finishing initial testimony on that chamber's proposed legislation introduced in response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. Next week that committee will begin the process of reconciling their proposal with the legislation that already passed the Senate…the committee's timeline for reporting out a reconciled package currently has them reporting out legislation before the end of May.

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Summarizing School Safety Proposals

School safety is a hot topic in Lansing right now. Both the House and Senate have now taken action on legislation designed to improve school safety in Michigan. Previously, a coalition of law enforcement and school groups rolled out the Safer Schools. Safer Students. proposal. The Senate Democrats have their own plan. And there are standalone bills in both chambers that aren't part of any particular plan.

It seems likely that something is going to happen relative to school safety. It even seems likely that whatever happens will involve additional financial support for schools. But the issues of how much and what strings come attached to the money are yet to be determined.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House Law and Justice Committee took a second week of testimony on legislation introduced in response to the Nassar sexual abuse case which includes a handful of bills that would directly impact K-12 education: strengthening mandatory reporter requirements, expanding the scope of the State's OK2SAY hotline and embedding sexual assault and harassment education into the state's sex education laws. The committee has been holding two hearings per week in order to accommodate all of the testimony and is expected to report the legislation this coming week…MASSP has been working with bill sponsors and committee members to address outstanding issues with the legislation and we expect to have our concerns addressed prior to the committee voting out the bills.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

On Monday, Governor Snyder released his version of new school safety legislation which includes $20 million for school security upgrades (compared to the $100 million proposal put forward by law enforcement and school groups which also included funding for personnel) and a new state oversight body (called the Safe Schools Commission) whose duties would include annually reviewing school's safety plans and issuing safety grades to schools based on site inspections. On Tuesday the House Law and Justice Committee held the first of what is expected to be three consecutive weeks of debate on a package of bills introduced in response to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case, but which include half a dozen bills that would impact K-12 education.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The House K-12 budget subcommittee met on Tuesday afternoon and reported out their version of the budget which included a counter-proposal to Governor Snyder Marshall Plan for Talent. This is a departure from the Senate version of the K-12 budget which passed out of subcommittee prior to spring recess, but included no action on the Marshall Plan (opting instead to deal with it in a separate bill at a yet-to-be-determined date). Other than the budget, the week was light on education policy action as the Legislature is just returning to Lansing after a two-week spring recess and seems to be spending its energy preparing for the next big wave of policy debates.