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SB 3: “Creating Opportunities Needed Now to Expand Credentialed Training (CONNECT) Act”; enact

Voted on Tuesday March 28, 2017

John Pezold's thoughts

SB 3, the CONNECT Act, creates industry credentialing for students who complete focused programs of study. The legislation adds "energy" to the list of programs at local schools, charter schools, and college and career academies to develop and submit additional pathways for consideration by the State Board of Education.

The bill requires that the State Board of Education also establish a competitive grant program to modernize, replace, and purchase equipment for industry certified programs and those in the process of achieving certification.

I voted against this measure because an amendment was added to the language to allow law enforcement to use an automated traffic enforcement safety device or a statutory speed detection device within a school zone. The device can take pictures or videos and can detect speed from the images. Law enforcement employing the technology will be required to erect signs warning drivers of the detection device and data or image information collect is not available to the public. Fines are $125 plus a fee for processing. I do not support the use of these devices, nor do I support the insertion of this language into SB 3.

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John Pezold's Vote

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 152 84.4% Majority Vote
Nay 18 10%
Did not vote 3 1.7%
Excused 7 3.9%