Senate Democrats moved quickly to take their first step towards eliminating a requirement for the retention of students under the state's third grade reading law Tuesday by reporting it from committee after hearing all supportive testimony and little opposition from members.
A provision in the state's third grade reading law requiring the retention of students who are not reading at grade level based on state testing scores will be up for consideration for elimination this session, a prospect that is expected to draw opposition in committee.
Legislation to repeal portions of the 2016 third grade reading law was introduced in the House on Wednesday.
Sixteen different Democratic senators were given the gavel for at least one of the 18 committees in the chamber, with two members being named chair of two panels.
Senate Democrats introduced several sweeping pieces of legislation Thursday that were among the first to be proposed in the new session, with bill sponsors calling their proposals long overdue items that could move quickly in the new Legislature.
The House and Senate are expected to announce committee assignments Thursday for the 102nd Legislature though the names of many of those who will chair key committees already are circulating.