The special session ended last night after the House was forced to adopt the inadequately funded Senate version of HB21, the $1.8 billion House-approved school finance bill that was cut to $351 million by the Senate. The inability to pass a meaningful school finance bill was the most glaring failure of the special session. The Senate did include an additional $212 million for TRS Care in HB21, funding that was approved in separate legislation by both the House and Senate. These funds will be used to reduce the impact of rising health care costs in the health insurance program for retired teachers. The House passed the bill before adjourning “sine die” and ending the special session.


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