With the failure of the House to agree on either education or property tax reform, the full responsibility falls to the Senate. 21 Senate votes would be required to revive the defeated HB 2, and at last word Dewhurst did not have those votes. Two entirely new bills are required of the Senate to keep the special session alive.
Sen. Shapiro has stepped up to the plate, pledging to file a "back to basics" education bill this morning. Reportedly the Shapiro bill will have no more money than the original HB 2 and some key accountability measures will remain, but it will have the input of superintendents and educators. The bill will be heard in committee Monday morning.
We’ll post the Shapiro bill as soon as it becomes available.
No word yet on a comparable revival of property tax reform.