Lawmakers Postpone Key Vote on Sweeping School Choice Bill

Nov 8, 2017

A group opposed to SB 193 stands with Democratic Representative Mel Myler outside the House Education Committee chambers.
Credit Jason Moon for NHPR

A key legislative vote on a controversial school choice bill was postponed today.

For weeks, Republican lawmakers have been working to revamp a sweeping school choice bill that was first proposed last year in the State House.

The bill would allow some families to take their children out of public school and then spend tax dollars that would have gone to that public school on other educational purposes.

But despite the urging of Gov. Chris Sununu, Republicans are still divided on key aspects of the bill. Those aspects include which students should be eligible, and whether public schools should be shielded from a potential loss of revenue if students transfer out.

The House Education Committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday, but after checking with other Republicans, Committee Chairman Rick Ladd said they weren’t ready. He also said additional tweaks to the legislation are likely.

The committee will take up the bill again next Tuesday.