This Week in Politics in 5 Sentences (or Fewer)

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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. The House Appropriations committee reported out that chamber's version of school safety legislation—which was developed in collaboration with Governor Snyder's office—a week after the Senate passed a budget supplemental that spends roughly the same amount of money but without the attendant policy bills…check out MASSP's article for a more detailed breakdown (spoiler alert: neither the Senate nor House GOP proposals include funding for hiring personnel like school resource officers or school counselors). Finally, on Thursday the Senate spent the day moving their budget proposals off the floor and over to the House…a procedural step necessary to set up conference committees and the last chance for amendments to be voted on, which typically results in the minority party offering a host of amendments that don't get adopted. The process is usually lengthy and unremarkable, but that was not the case this week when Senator Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair) offered an amendment that would have increased the mandatory number of instructional hours from 1,098 to 1,130; the amendment was withdrawn without a vote, but this issue (which came out of nowhere since there have been no bills on the subject and no previous discussion) could now be in play as budgets move into final negotiations.