Indiana 2020 Legislative News

Welcome to the Warrick County School Board's Legislative News page. Visit here to get updates on news, events and ways to get involved.

The Warrick County School Board’s Legislative Liaison for the 2020 session is Stephanie Gerhardt. On behalf of the Warrick County School Board, she is working with the ISBA (Indiana School Board Association) to advocate for our students, teachers, and schools and hopes the public will join in this grassroots effort to support K-12 public education and the more than 1 million students in our public schools in the state of Indiana.

Week of 2/3/20

Here is the info from last week:

Week #5 ISBA Legislative Update. We are now at the midpoint of the 2020 short session of the Indiana General Assembly. Any bill not passing out of the house of origin by the third reading deadline in each chamber this week is now dead. Only 20 of the 77 House bills related to K-12 education, school governance, or child-related legislation on the ISBA Tracking List will proceed to the Senate for further action. Of the 86 Senate bills on the initial ISBA Tracking List, only 29 will to move to the House for further action. Overall, the list had decreased from 163 bills to 49 bills. You can view the current tracking list HERE.

These bills will need to move out of committee in the second chamber by February 27 to continue on the path to passage. Legislative leaders have targeted March 11 as the last day of session, but with a chance that the session will finish before this date. If you have any concerns about any bill still alive, now is a good time to share your concerns via a letter, email, or call to your area legislators.
Key Bill Activity This Week
SB 425, Disannexation (authored by Senator Mike Bohacek). This bill enables the elected officials of Greene Township, St. Joseph County, to initiate a plan to disannex from the South Bend Community School Corporation and annex to another existing school corporation. Any disannexation that occurs pursuant to this proposed process will remain in effect at the expiration of the two-year program. We are concerned with the precedent this bill sets that a small group of residents can impact an entire school community, with the relinquishing school corporation having no so say in the matter whatsoever.

The bill passed out of the Senate on Tuesday by a 30-19 vote. We thank all school board members who contacted their senators to ask for a "NO" vote. If your senator was one of the 19 to vote against the bill please thank them. You can view the third reading roll call HERE.

ISBA, IAPSS, IASBO, IUSA, and ISRSA all collaborated to lobby against this bill. Click here for more specific information on our concerns. SB 425 moves to the House of Representatives for further deliberation. Please use these talking points to write, call, or email your state representative to now ask them to oppose this legislation.


Archived Reports

January 2020