The state Senate made a decision to not take a vote Friday on a controversial bill that would overhaul Kentucky's ailing pension systems. But others may not have made up their minds, although it's nearly certain there aren't enough of them to endanger the bill's passage.
The most controversial measure, and the part of the bill that saves the state the most money, would cut cost of living adjustments for teachers from 1.5 percent to 1 percent until the plan is 90 percent funded.
But as students and parents from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue their own organizing, the school safety strategy is unlikely to end the debate.
In addition to the guardian program, the bill also raises the age to purchase all firearms to 21, creates a three-day waiting period when buying a gun, creates a way for police to temporarily take away guns from the mentally ill and pays for measures like bulletproof glass and metal detectors at schools. "I think it's a fair question that I don't know the answer to". "He's not listening to anything on Facebook". The teachers' chants echoed throughout the Capitol.
"It might tell us how the mechanics of it works", he said.
Under the state Constitution, legislative sessions typically start in March.
Teachers held walk-ins outside of many school districts Thursday morning in opposition to SB1.
Teachers gathered outside several schools, then walked into the buildings and rallied against the proposal.
"For all intents and purposes, I think that we do have an agreement", Larsen said. And would I support it? Madison County middle school teacher Lesley Buckner had harsh words for Governor Bevin.
Four Republican senators are expected to oppose the vote: Stan Humphries of Cadiz, who voted against the bill in committee; Tom Buford of Nicholasville; C. B. Embry of Morgantown; and Brandon Smith of Hazard.
"I'm only given this amount of money to live on, so I've got to stretch it as far as I can", she said while wearing a sticker declaring "My family and I will remember your vote".
The Senate had been set to vote on the controversial plan to overhaul the state's ailing pension system.
"We are not West Virginia, We are Kentucky", said Winkler.
Wyoming lawmakers appear to have reached a partial budget deal Thursday, which includes a compromise on a philosophical divide between the House of Representatives and Senate.
In a move that could evolve into a statewide strike, hundreds of teachers from dozens of schools across Kentucky participated in "walk-ins" Thursday to protest a Senate bill that would slash teacher retirement benefits. If they're upset about it, it's because their either ill-informed or willfully blind.
"I think there's a lot of frustration, frankly some fear, that here in MA we've stepped up, we've passed laws to protect our citizens, yet we're still vulnerable because states around us aren't stepping up and doing the same thing", Lesser said.