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Lawmakers try again to pass bills aimed at violence and mental illness (access required)


Two bills aimed at getting dangerous mentally ill people off the street have passed their respective chambers. One addresses violent offenders being released because they cannot be restored to competency. The other allows a police officer to take a person who is a danger to himself or others into custody for a mental evaluation based on the observations of witnesses or the officer’s own observations.

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3 bills advance that curb Common Core, give authority to local schools (access required)

Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography

The Legislature took its first steps Feb. 20 toward gutting Common Core, three years after the learning standards were adopted and a year before students are to begin testing on them. The Senate Education Committee passed on a 6-3 partisan vote three bills that give school districts the authority to create their own learning standards and another that keeps the state Board of Education from implementing Common Core.

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