Next week’s hearings on firearms safety, taking office, suicide prevention and bullying policies

The fifth week of the session gets a little busier. Below are bills currently scheduled for hearings, subject to change. If you have questions about these bills, or would like KASB’s assistance in providing testimony, please contact us. 

Tuesday, 9 a.m. 

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee holds a hearing on HB 2460, which authorizes but does not require school districts to provide firearm safety education programs in public schools. KASB will likely be neutral on the bill, which is permissive. KASB believe such programs may already be authorized. 

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. 

The Senate Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee holds a hearing on SB 325, which would require that city, school district, other municipal elected officials take office at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the governing body following the certification of the November election, rather than the second Monday in January as provided in current law. 

 The bill would restore the policy of taking office immediately for cities, when elections were previously held in April. Under the previous law, school board members took office in July. KASB has not adopted a specific position on this proposal. Comments from KASB members are welcome. 

 Thursday, 1:30 p.m. 

 The Senate Education Committee holds a hearing on SB 333, which would amend current requirements for local boards of education to provide suicide awareness and prevention programming to school staff, which is known as the Jason Flatt Act. The bill would require that the prevention programming be a written plan that would be published on the school district’s website and would identify the training materials and the school staff required to participate in the training. The bill would repeal the current requirement that all staff receive training and repeal the one-hour time requirement for each calendar year for staff. 

 KASB is reviewing the bill. 

 Thursday, 3:30 p.m. 

 The House Education Committee holds a hearing on HB 2578, which would require school districts to publish bullying polices on their website and file a copy with the State Board of Education. KASB is reviewing the bill. 

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