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. The Senate committee considering the MPSERS reform bills this week admitted it would need to revisit its initial ambitious timeline for moving the bill as well as some of the details of the legislation itself. The House Education committee passed a pair of bills that would change the date by which kindergarteners have to be 5 in order to start school. And the Senate unanimously passed legislation to grant amnesty to underage drinkers seeking medical attention.