We are nowa quarter way through session. Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.
Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency-response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base.
We had two education bills. Senate Bill 24 would require children to be 5 years old prior to Aug. 1 of the year they begin kindergarten. The measure would, however, allow parents to petition local school boards for early admission. There is some debate whether children are emotionally mature enough to enter kindergarten when school begins in August. I voted against the bill, however, because I feel that parents should have the right to determine the maturity of their own children and not a bureaucrat.