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Parent trigger bill hits Senate committee calendar



As the hotly contentious parent trigger bill sailed through the Florida House, questions remained about whether the measure would get an airing in the Senate, where it died in 2012 and some leaders called it a distraction bill.

No more.

The Senate version of the bill (SB 862) has been scheduled for debate in the Senate Education Committee for Monday, April 1.

Committee chairman John Legg, who had held off on the bill, said its movement in the House prompted his decision.

"The House bill is now ready for the floor debate, thus our senators wanted an opportunity opine on there position of the bill and not wait on the House bill," Legg told the Gradebook via e-mail.

He stressed, though, that the legislation won't get any special treatment.

"That bill is not greater than many of the other great bills that we are discuss(ing)," Legg said, specifically mentioning the schools of innovation bill he and committee vice chairman Bill Montford are working on (SB 1390). The committee is expected to release a substitute bill for the current language before it meets.

[Last modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 6:35am]


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