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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

After a roller coaster session on Thursday, in which the MPSERS reform bill was heavily amended from its committee passed version, the Senate narrowly managed to move SB 1040 over to the House. The House is already slated to take the bill up first thing next week.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

Personal Property Tax repeal was the big story for last week, but a deal that has been cut on the MPSERS reform bill and upcoming Tuesday hearing on the compromise language may be the bigger headline for most school employees. As reported by MASSP last week, the revised bill drops both the age 60 requirement for receiving retiree health coverage and retroactive application of graded health care subsidies.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

A host of education bills that have been at a standstill in the House for months moved on to Governor Snyder’s desk this week. Chief among them were a package of dual enrollment eligibility changes and a raising of the cyber school cap. MHSAA was in the legislative and media spotlight as a Senate committee adopted a resolution urging a waiver to that association’s age limit rule.

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This Week in State Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

An education policy bill had not passed the House for all of February or March and most of April, but that all changed this week. The House this week passed a whole host of legislation including its omnibus version of the K-12 budget for next year, a package of dual enrollment legislation, and a bill to raise the cap on cyber schools.

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This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

The budget process marches on as both the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees reported their versions of the School Aid budget this week. The bills will likely come up for a vote by the full chamber this coming week before the process moves on to conference committee.