The Senate Republicans on the Education committee were split on the matter of forcing private education groups to pay for their staff's own training to comply with a proposed new state mandate. The vote was 7-7.
Senators Bullard, Haste, Smalley & Duggar decided to force faith based private schools to provide the training to their staff, many of whom are volunteers. The 3 Democrats all voted for the bill.
But Senators Scott, Newhouse, Stanislawski, Pemberton, Shaw, Pederson, & Kidd were not willing to force religious education entities to comply and bear the financial burden of compliance.
The bill will probably return in the next session in a form which focuses on public schools without the creation of a imposition on ministries and other private education providers. Rep. Echols is the author.