HB 1558 (2020)
School safety "omnibus" bill, combining several other bills
Expands the current definition of "child with a disability" for the purposes of special education, to include residents 21 years of age. At the time of this bill's submission, the definition only goes through age 20. The Senate amended the bill to make a vast number of changes related to education. For example, the bill makes stricter requirements for school suspensions and expulsions, requires school safety programs to contain a plan for responding to violent acts (similar to SB 556), requires schools to provide employees with materials about sexual abuse prevention (similar to SB 711), and so on. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Business and Economic Affairs to certify each application for an economic revitalization zone tax credit, modifies the calculation of the credits, and extends the prospective repeal of the those credits from July 1, 2020 to January 1, 2028 (similar to SB 661).