2017 SESSION –
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Here is a summary of pending bills of interest, as of March 27, 2017:
Senate File 279 – SF 279, introduced by Senator Brad Zaun, calls for an increase in the School Tuition Organization (STO) tax credit cap to $20 million annually, from its current $12 million level.
House Study Bill 187 – HSB 187 places an overall cap on all tax credit programs in the state, including the STO, and then reduces that cap over time. The bill also calls for a “first-come, first-served” approach to claiming available tax credits. The bill was discussed in the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Monday, March 20, and may be discussed again at a further hearing. The bill was not acted upon at the March 20 hearing.
Senate File 475 – SF 475, the Education Omnibus bill deals with a number of issues impacting public and nonpublic schools. Among the proposals are rescinding the current limitations on the number of students statewide enrolled in and receiving their education through a primarily online method.
EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS – are still a topic of discussion this session. While we’ve heard discouraging news regarding the state revenue outlook, legislators are still interested in this idea and we will keep working on getting a bill out this session. There are many ways to craft an ESA so that is has little or no impact on the state budget. If you support the concept of ESAs, please keep talking to your state legislators about this idea!
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