The main reason that the General assembly was back in session yesterday was to deal with SB 2414. The capital bill needed legislative action in order to prevent the stoppage of capital and road projects across the state. The amended version of the bill, which was supported by IEA, would have generated an additional $430 million in revenue for education and human services. At the end of the day, the House was opposed to any additional spending and therefore the revenue limits which were set at the beginning of the session remained intact. The bill passed the Senate 52-0. It now awaits the Governor’s action.
There was not enough support in the State Senate for them to call SB 1556. The legislation, which had been initiated by the Governor, called for a limitation on who was within the provisions of the collective bargaining law. The proposal would have impacted potentially several thousand workers. The IEA was neutral on the bill but worked along with IFT, AFL-CIO, AFSCME and SEIU.
The next time the General Assembly is scheduled to be in session is Veto session on October 25-27 and November 8-10, 2011.