Senate debating school arbitration bill
The Senate just moved to limit debate on a binding arbitration measure for collective bargaining disagreements between unions and boards of education. The bill long appeared dead, but it was resurrected this weekend in a last-minute compromise. Local governments and boards of education are worried about this one, but Senate President Mike Miller's move to quickly cut off debate suggests that the skids are greased. A few minutes ago, Sen. Nancy Jacobs, a Harford Republican, tried to offer amendments, but they hadn't been printed up yet, so Miller ordered the bill moved to third reading without waiting. After their endorsement of the slot machine gambling referendum, the state teachers union could well have some major pull with the Senate president.