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Kentucky House approves snow day relief but final decision delayed

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The House voted 82-8 in favor of a bill that would provide districts with waivers for up to 10 snow days. But the state Senate is unlikely to go along with the plan. The House voted 82-8 in favor of a bill that would provide districts with waivers for up to 10 snow days. But the state Senate is unlikely to go along with the plan.
Republican Senate President Robert Stivers Republican Senate President Robert Stivers
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky districts, including Jefferson County Public Schools, would receive snow makeup day waivers under a bill approved in the House on Friday, although lawmakers delayed a final decision until next week.

The House voted 82-8 in favor of a bill that would provide districts with waivers for up to 10 snow days. But the state Senate is unlikely to go along with the plan.

Senators pushed back until Monday a decision on their own proposal, which will be a scaled approach that provides fewer waivers to districts that need to make up less time.

"When we grant these days, we're still having to pay for them even though we're getting no instructional time," Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said. "That's about $17 million a day."

The Senate is adding snow makeup day waivers to House Bill 211 in an effort to fast-track the legislation, which has already passed the House. Lawmakers see the Senate's plan as the most likely to pass and move to Gov. Steve Beshear's desk.

The Senate Education Committee delayed its scheduled Friday morning meeting to 3 p.m. Monday. Lawmakers will work through the weekend to come up with a final plan, said Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, who is working on the legislation.

"When we come back, we'll have language that meets the vast majority of districts' needs," Givens said. "I want to caution everyone though. We're not going to meet everyone's needs."

After the Senate put its plan on hold, the House went forward Friday morning with a vote on House Bill 410.

"If we fool around here until April 15 to give (districts) answers as to how much relief they'll get, I don't know how much good that'll do them," Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.

The House is open to whatever the Senate approves, Stumbo said.

If the Senate committee approves the legislation Monday and the full Senate follows, the House would still need to agree before Beshear could sign it into law.

Beshear continues to monitor the bill closely, a spokeswoman for the governor said Thursday.

Stivers said he'd like to see districts like JCPS, which has missed 11 days, make up most of the missed time.

Stivers said senators were considering options for a long-term solution, so districts wouldn't have to make waiver requests to the legislature every year.

"We are looking at something that's more far-reaching in the future, but right now we're going to have to put a Band-Aid on it," he said, adding that he was confident lawmakers could come to an agreement.

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