Mike Sanders

New Laws in Effect

Legislative Update

More than 300 laws took effect Nov. 1. Let me give you a snapshot of a few of them. The first two are laws I authored.

House Bill 2051 allows retired firefighters who are already part of the state’s pension program to return to service in volunteer fire departments without it affecting their current retirement benefit and without it counting as an accrued retirement benefit against the state’s pension plan. This bill is a companion to one I authored several years ago that eliminated the 45-yearold age limit for new firefighters by giving them the ability to join a department without the requirement that they be added to the pension plan. These bills help build the ranks of our rural fire departments, which are largely staffed by volunteers, and they help protect lives and property.

House Bill 1228 will provide professional development for teachers beginning in the 2020-21 school year to help them recognize students with dyslexia and determine how best to help these students to put them on a better pathway toward learning on pace with their peers. This will help these students be able to perform well in school, join the workforce and avoid many of the challenges currently experienced by students with dyslexia.

 

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