Oftentimes trapped in schools that do not have the ability to meet their needs, disabled children fall further and further behind than they should. Eric Johnson proposed an ameliorative solution to the sad state of affairs in educating disabled children — vouchers for the mentally or physically disabled school kid to afford to go to a school that can better meet his or her needs.
The legislation is broadly popular among parents with special needs children. It passed the Senate with votes to spare. It was embraced by the House.
But now the House GOP Leadership is going to kill it in the Rules Committee along with Charter Schools reforms.
They are also going to kill any other legislation championed by Casey Cagle, Tommie Williams, Jack Hill, and Eric Johnson. All of it — killed.
Because the Georgia Senate beat the Georgia House at the budget game. The House got embarrassed and wants revenge.
Today, the Senate Rules Committee considered 11 House bills and passed out all eleven. The House Rules Committee considered only 4 Senate bills and blocked them all from going to the floor, claiming that if the sponsors weren’t present, the bills would not move.
Now, to be fair, a House source tells me the Speaker in Caucus this morning said to go full steam ahead. A couple of House guys tell me that while the Senate is purportedly passing House bills, they are stripping everything out of the bills except the title and substituting their own versions. The House guys deny that there is an effort underway to take revenge.
Given, however, that I have three Senate sources, one general legislative source now, and two reporters all telling me the House is getting its revenge by killing pet projects of Johnson, Cagle, Williams, Hill, it seems very likely that this is, in fact, happening.
[updated] A significant House staffer confirms that the House is killing certain projects favored by the Senate GOP Leadership. The staffer says it has more to do with the Senate stripping House language from House bills and inserting Senate language than it does with the budget, but does admit that the budget has a lot to do with it. The staffer also is a bit disturbed to hear one of the House GOP leaders say that tax cuts for property tax owners was bad policy.