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Snow day relief bill moves forward in Frankfort

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House Speaker Greg Stumbo House Speaker Greg Stumbo

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – The Kentucky Senate approved a more restrictive version of a snow makeup day bill Monday.

The Senate voted 38-0 to pass House Bill 211, which would allow school districts to shuffle their calendars as long as they had 1,062 instructional hours for the year without having school days longer than seven hours. If superintendents can't meet the requirement, they can apply for a waiver – but Kentucky's education commissioner could deny that request, said Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg.

It marks a major difference from a separate bill the House passed overwhelmingly on Friday, which would provide an automatic waiver of up to 10 days for any district that applies. Senators for several days said that approach harmed student learning.

"Even after they passed it, I think they realized there were some challenges to implementing that," Givens said.

The House must now agree to the Senate's changes before the bill could get to Gov. Steve Beshear's desk.

But House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he disagreed with the Senate's version of snow day relief.

"We'll have to negotiate the differences out," Stumbo said before the Senate vote. "I don't know why you'd want to make it more complicated than it already is."

The earliest that negotiation could take place is Tuesday, because the House had already adjourned before the Senate took its vote.

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