School Bond Legislative Update:
Yesterday the State Senate heard Senate Bill 114 (Liu) the Senate School Bond Bill. The bill failed to pass off the Senate Floor, receiving 26 of the 27 votes necessary for passage. The bill was supported by every Democrat, but by no Republicans. SB 114 had a number of program changes but no dollar amounts were specified for new construction, modernization, or any other programs. Yesterday’s actions do not mean the bill is dead, it can be reconsidered later. Lack of passage should be considered as another step in the process for legislative consideration for a 2016 State School Bond. SB 114 is a 2016 bond bill and it is now only June 2015, so there is time.