Four Republicans voted for passage
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A proposal that would move a constitutional amendment allowing the use of public funds for private and religious schools to the ballot advanced Friday from the House Education Committee.
The bill passed 4-3 and goes to the House Judiciary committee.
Four Republicans voted for passage, and two Republicans joined a Democrat in voting against it.
HJR1, from Wasilla Republican Rep. Wes Keller, would strike a provision in the state constitution prohibiting use of public funds for the direct benefit of private and religious schools.
It also would add, in a section of the constitution that says public money cannot be appropriated except for a public purpose, that nothing in that section shall prevent payment of public funds “for the direct educational benefit of students as provided by law.”
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