PTA is a child advocacy association whose legislative mission is to speak on behalf of all children and youth at the local, state and federal levels. One of the purposes of PTA is “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” PTA promotes and encourages legislative advocacy for the education and welfare of all children and youth.

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December 3, 2018

House returns this week for organizational meeting

Newly-elected and re-elected members of the state House of Representatives will convene at the State House Tuesday and Wednesday for organizational meetings so that they will be able to hit the ground running when the legislative session opens January 8, 2019. On Tuesday, new House members will be sworn into office and members will elect the Speaker of the House and other officers. Members will also select their seats based on the House rules. On Wednesday, members will receive their committee assignments and then meet as a committee to elect the chair and vice chair and receive subcommittee assignments. 
Dates for pre-filing bills set
The dates for lawmakers to pre-file legislation for the 2019 legislative session are right around the corner.
Senators can pre-file bills on Wednesday, December 12 and House members will have Tuesday, December 18 as their day to pre-file legislation.

House releases 2019 state budget schedule
The House Ways and Means Committee recently released the timeline for the House to complete its proposed state budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. Key dates are as follows:

  • January 8 - 10: First week of session & budget subcommittee meetings

  • January 15 – February 7: Budget subcommittee meetings

  • January 31, 2019: Deadline for budget proviso submittals

  • February 12 - 14: Proviso subcommittee meetings

  • February 18 - 21: Ways and Means Committee budget deliberations

  • February 26 - 28: Appropriations bill printed

  • March 5 - 7: Printed appropriations bill placed on House members’ desks

  • March 11 - 14: House budget deliberations

Role of PTA in Legislation

As local officers of the largest grassroots child advocacy organization in the state, PTA legislative advocacy chairs are responsible for demonstrating leadership on children’s issues at the local level by educating PTA members, community members and elected officials about PTA’s issues of concern and legislative priorities and goals.

Helpful Websites/Resources

Recorded legislative Preview Webinar - October 30, 2018

Topics discussed:

  • State takeovers of school districts

  • District consolidation

  • Education funding reform

  • Teacher pay, recruitment and retention

  • School start date

2018 Legislative Wrap Up