Prepared for a busy week

This week will be an extremely busy week at the State House. It is the week before Town Meeting and committees will be reporting bills on the floor. If anyone would like to come to Montpelier and watch the process, we will be on the floor on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00 which is a change in the regular schedule. The Institutions and Corrections committee will report H135, the bill I have spoken about that raises the mandatory age of offenders who do not have a high school diploma, to attend the Community High School of Vermont. That is the independent high school that is within the Department of Corrections. The Education committee will be offering a technical corrections bill that will adjust and clarify some points that were triggered by bills introduced by various representatives. One point within that is about construction aid in school construction. It states that a district proposing to go ahead with a construction project without state aid can receive a preliminary approval from the Commissioner of Education that will protect the district from having to count the construction spending from the calculation of excess spending. The preliminary approval does not imply that the school will receive state funds retroactively in the event that construction aid is once again reinstated. If a school has a construction reserve fund, it typically has to be used within five years. However, the years during the suspension of state aid to construction are excluded from the five years. The specific date that the two bodies of House and Senate, will cross-over and exchange bills they are working on is March 14th and March 21st for the money bills. I will be at both Shelburnes and St. Georges townmeetings. I will bringa report with updates on happenings so far in the session. On Tuesday, March 4th I will NOT be at BrueggersBagel. I will be in St. George at their Town Meeting. Please contact me at 985-8515 or e-mail at jglenes@aol.com. I look forward to seeing you at Town Meeting.

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