Legislative Update for May 1, 2016
Welcome to the IAHPERD Legislative Update Center
Good News…… HB 6164 and HB 825 have been referred to rules. Thanks to your persistence in filing witness slips we have been able to keep the negative bills from getting out of committee.
Now we move into the homestretch of the legislative session. This means almost anything can happen as we move into the amendment phase. Bills that have made it to the floor of either the House or the Senate may be amended. This can happen at a rapid pace and will require a quick response from IAHPERD members and friends. I’m sure we are ready to respond if necessary.
There is a great deal of work yet to be done in Springfield. The budget mess continues to remain unsolved. Our colleagues in higher education are feeling the impact of the budget impasse. The budget will drive legislative decision making for the remainder of this session and into the fall veto session.
The spring session ends on May 31. All of the legislators will be returning to their home districts for the summer. Many of them are campaigning for re-election. Summer is the perfect time to schedule a meeting with your local legislator to discuss the importance of quality daily physical education. Remind them of the positive connection between physical education and academic success. We are an essential part of every child’s education.
Until the gavel falls on the spring session your Governmental Affairs team will continue to monitor all legislative action that pertains to physical education and health education. Keep up the good fight and advocate for your programs. WE ARE ESSENTIAL!
IAHPERD Governmental Affairs Chair