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2021 House Bill 4048: Allocate new federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools
Introduced by Rep. Brad Paquette (R) on January 27, 2021
To revise school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal year so as to accommodate a $1.8 billion increase in federal coronavirus relief; see House-passed bill for details.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on January 27, 2021
Reported in the House on February 3, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Regina Weiss (D) on February 4, 2021
To give a proposed $250 per student "bonus" for school districts that reopen their classes to in-person instruction by Feb. 15, 2021 to all school districts, regardless of whether they resume live, in-class instruction.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on February 4, 2021
To revise school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal year to accommodate a $1.8 billion increase in federal coronavirus relief. The bill would allocate $1.490 billion to school districts, which they can spend on any of 15 specific activities listed in the federal relief bill. Among other items this bill also authorizes $86.7 million for non-public schools, $21 million for extra grants to summer school teachers, and more. The bill also appropriates $363 million state dollars to pay for extra “incentives” to get teachers back in public school classrooms. The bill is "tie-barred" to House Bill 4049, which transfers the power to close schools during an epidemic from the state health department to local health departments; this means the school spending bill can't become law unless that bill also becomes law.
Received in the Senate on February 9, 2021
Referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on February 9, 2021
Amendment offered by Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D) on March 2, 2021
To remove the "tie-bar" that requires House Bill 4049 to become law for this one to also. HB 4049 would tranfer the power to close schools during an epidemic from the state health department to local health departments.
The amendment failed 15 to 20 in the Senate on March 2, 2021.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To appropriate $1.946 billion in additional school spending in the 2021-22 fiscal year, of which $1.876 billion is federal money and $170 million comes from state tax collections. However $840 million of the federal money may only be spent if House Bill 4049 becomes law, which transfers the power to close schools during an epidemic from the state health department to local health departments. The bill is "tie-barred" to House Bill 4049, which transfers the power to close schools during an epidemic from the state health department to local health departments; this means the school spending bill can't become law unless that bill also becomes law.
Received in the House on March 3, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Brenda Carter (D) on March 3, 2021
To appropriate the full $1.490 billion federal dollars available for school districts all at once rather than $650 million now and more later.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Brad Paquette (R) on March 3, 2021
To push back by one month the deadline for certain budget-related reports school districts are supposed to file.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2021
Amendment offered by Rep. Regina Weiss (D) on March 3, 2021
To strip out a provision making certain extra school funding for districts contingent on a district having reopened classes for live in person instruction by March 22, 2021.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 3, 2021
To concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill.
Received in the Senate on March 4, 2021
To concur with the House-passed version of the bill, which included one minor "process" amendment but no dollar figure changes.

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