So much for Sen. Gary Nodler's claims of how fast the Senate was going to handle Rep. B. J. Marsh's bill to waive school days missed due to January's ice storm.
Though the end of school is less than two months and it is absolutely necessary for school officials to know what they can and cannot do, the Senate apparently will make no decision on the bill until next week.
The Senate's Education Committee gave the bill a "Do Pass" recommendation eight days ago, and it was scheduled to be brought up Wednesday for a vote, but it appears other matters took precedence.
While I am not particularly concerned whether the Joplin R-8 School District makes up the days or not, (it would be four days for us, which is really no big deal) I am amazed that so much legislation is being passed for which there is no real need, i.e. the castle doctrine bill, while the legislature takes it time on deciding something which obviously does have a time limit attached to it.
The Senate calendar indicates Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, will handle Marsh's bill and that it will come up for its final vote on Monday. Thank God the Senate is handling the matter quickly.