Lawmakers are working to file their bills today.
It will be interesting to see what they propose. Lawmakers head into a session with sagging revenues and agencies that are weathering cuts that are starting to affect services — and the average person.
Political parties like to have an agenda or theme for the session, but it seems that the budget and the lack of state revenue might overshadow any proposed legislative agenda.
We’ll be taking a look at the bills filed in the next few days to see what themes emerge. No one is proposing new taxes, but lawmakers are interested in creating a state “Cowboy” song, allowing hunters to use silencers and requiring marriage counseling for couples. There have also been discussions about legislation to reform the state’s workers compensation system. Take a look at the House and Senate bills here. You’ll get bills from the 2009 session, but keep scrolling and you’ll hit 2010.
Several bills also deal with reforms to education. Aside from the budget, education may emerge as the top issue. Last session, Republicans spent a lot of time going over academic standards. There was a task force during the interim that met on the issue. And by next year, there will be a new state superintendent of education. Sandy Garrett announced she would not seek another term in November. She was elected in 1990.