This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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On Tuesday, the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee passed HB 4106 and HB 5676, a pair of bills that could make it easier for high school students to earn credit for work-based learning experiences and should also simplify the process for high schools that have to oversee those experiences. Also on Tuesday, the Senate Education Committee passed SB 795-796, which would ban union leave time in public contracts, as well as any paid union release or leave time…this would include prohibiting leave time to deal with things like grievances, bargaining, or other union-related duties during the work day. On Wednesday, the full Senate passed an extensive bipartisan legislative package (SB 871-880) that was drafted in response to the Larry Nassar case and makes a number of changes to state law including: expanding the statutes of limitation for criminal and civil cases involving criminal sexual conduct, making additional individuals mandatory reporters, increasing penalties for failing to report child abuse or child neglect, amending Court of Claim filing procedures in criminal sexual conduct cases, and eliminating governmental immunity for individuals and governmental agencies in cases involving criminal sexual conduct. Finally, the budget process took another step forward this week as both the House and Senate K-12 budget subcommittees took their last week of testimony before they report out their respective proposals next week. Since next week is the last week of session before the legislative spring break, budgets are likely to be one of a number of initiatives that the House and Senate try to finish up before heading home…so stay tuned for what is likely to be an interesting week to come.