Both the Senate and the House are in session today, and several key issues are on the agenda. Here are five things to watch on Thursday:
-- The House is expected to vote on the so-called "parent trigger" bill that would allow parents to petition to have their child's traditional public school converted into a charter school. We expect a split along party lines on HB 867.
-- The Senate will discuss its Internet cafe ban during session, but no vote is expected. Members may decide to amend SB 1030 to address concerns from adult arcade operators.
-- Also on the Senate agenda for discussion: Legislation that prohibit law enforcement agencies from using drones to track suspects without a search warrant (SB 92).
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-- A bill that opponents have described as creating a "free agency" system in high school athletics is up for a vote in the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee. HB 1279 would revise the rules used by a state governing body to investigate student transfers.
-- One of several abortion-related bills making their way to the House floor will be debated in the Health and Human Services Committee. HB 1129 affords the same rights to a baby born alive during or immediately after an attempted abortion as a child born at a hospital.