Senate president hopes committee can iron out differences on snow days legislation

March 19, 2014 

Senate President Robert Stivers said Wednesday he hopes a conference committee will start soon to iron out differences between the House and the Senate on snow days legislation.

Stivers, R-Manchester, made the comments Wednesday after the Kentucky House refused to concur with the Senate's amended House Bill 211 and sent a message asking the Senate to withdraw them.

The Senate's proposal said districts that need to alter their calendar must submit to the state by May 1 a plan that provides 1,062 instructional hours for students. The commissioner of education would be required to approve all plans that meet the bill's criteria. Under the Senate proposal, district officials could ask the commissioner of education to waive instructional days, but the commissioner would decide those requests on a case-by-case basis.

Earlier, the Democratic-led House approved a separate bill that would give school districts the power to eliminate up to 10 days of school because of bad weather without justifying the decision to the Kentucky Department of Education.

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