The Iowa Senate took up HF 604 on education appropriations for FY 14 and FY 15 today. HF 604 as amended passed on a vote of 26-22, setting up the need for another conference committee.
S-3155 as amended [26-22] by the Committee on Appropriations on striking and replacing the text of HF 604. Amendment to the amendment S-3168 by McCoy (D-Polk) on reducing grants to community colleges for adult basic instruction programs for ESL students from not more than $2,000,000 to $1,790,000 and transferring $210,000 to DHS to administer a pilot project to provide access to international resources to Iowans and new Iowans to provide economic and leadership development resulting in Iowa being a more inclusive and welcoming place to live, work, and raise a family. The pilot project shall provide supplemental support services for international refugees to improve learning, literacy, cultural competencies, and assimilation in 10 locations within a county with a population over 350,000. S-3168 adopted by voice vote.