State representatives update residents on recent legislative session

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

Sanderson said he agreed, and pointed to “a lot of fraud and administrative cost higher than any other state in the Southeast.”

Speciale said that education accounted for 53 percent of the state budget, and at $12.8 billion, was double the $6 billion spent in 2000.

He said he was a product of public schools and believes in them, but also supports school choice. Speciale also said that, in his own experience, “there were no teacher assistants except in kindergarten. Studies have shown that not having teacher assistants does nothing to the academic success of the kids.”

One speaker said she wanted to know what studies Speciale was looking at.

Scolded by one speaker about published comments Speciale made on the House floor during debate about puppy mill legislation that he initially supported, then voted against, the first-term legislator told the questioner that his comments were “sarcasm” and “quoted out of context.”

He urged those concerned to go to the General Assembly’s website where session recordings for the March 4 debate on House Bill 930 could be heard.

“I don’t talk much on the House floor, but when I do, people listen,” he said, adding that his point was that the bill had been “watered down” to the extent it would be impossible to enforce.

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