Statement from House Education Committee Chairman Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, who serves as the House of Delegates’ Chairman on the Committee of Conference on House Bill 4145:
“As co-chairman of the conference committee, I have discussed with my counterpart, Majority Leader Ferns, on how we would like to proceed with the committee’s work to resolve the differences between our two houses. This situation has evolved very quickly in recent days, and we want to make sure committee members have a full array of accurate information available to make a well-informed decision. To accomplish that, we have instructed our respective Finance Committee staffs to pull data and put together the necessary fiscal information, and have separately reached out to the Governor’s Office staff to ask for more budgetary information from the executive branch.
“We recognize the urgency of this situation, and have expressed the House’s desire to meet as soon as possible. It is my intent to be able to announce a meeting time during Monday morning’s floor session.”