Senate panel advances bill to ease creation of new school districts

Article By: Will Sentell | March 28, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.com

A bill that would make it easier to create new school districts in the Baton Rouge area and elsewhere breezed through the state Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.

The proposal, Senate Bill 354, won approval without objection.

It next faces action in the full Senate.

Under current rules, new school districts have to survive a two-step process.

They have to win approval as a state law, which requires majority approval in the Legislature. They also have to be passed as a constitutional amendment, which requires two-thirds support in the House and Senate and majority approval statewide.

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