Education, taxes, and medical debt: Selecting legislators at random starts to have merit 

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H.L. Mencken once suggested that legislative seats be filled at random instead of by election. Admittedly, Mencken wrote that doing so might result in the selection of idiots. But, he said, “No matter how stupid they were, they could not be more stupid than the average legislator under the present system. Certainly, they’d be measurably more honest, taking one with …

House Bill 481 — School technology grants program

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Bill description: House Bill 481 would repurpose a school technology grant program for “digital curriculum.”  Rating: -2 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?  HB 481 would replace a technology grant program with a digital curriculum grant program. Both involve …

House Bill 431 — Attorney general oversight of charitable assets

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Bill description: House Bill 431 would give the attorney general authority to make decisions regarding the disposal of a charity’s assets.  Rating: -2 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Ordinarily, the role of the state attorney general serves as the state’s chief legal counsel. State law gives this office the additional …

Senate Bill 1326 — Using taxpayer funds for loan assistance

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Bill description: SB 1326 would direct the State Board of Education to set up a loan repayment program for certain teachers.  Rating: -6 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?  This bill would create a new loan repayment program in …

Senate Bill 1325 — Using Opportunity Scholarship funds for professional development

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Bill description: SB 1325 would allow school districts to set up programs to train employees who do not have a teaching certificate. Rating: -3 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government?  The bill would let school districts set up training …