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Legislative Update (3/6/19)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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Yesterday was the deadline for legislative committees to consider general bills that originated in the other chamber. Several bills did not meet this deadline and died on the calendar, including:

 

  • HB 623 exempted A and B districts from certain duties.
  • HB 688 required MDE to recognize the use of the Cambridge Assessment or other nationally recognized assessments in Districts of Innovation for accountability purposes.
  • HB 1074 required superintendents to report any unlawful activity occurring on educational property or during school related activities to local law enforcement and the MDE.
  • HB 1392 created an oversight committee comprised of four legislators and three State Board of Education members to evaluate the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) by January 2020 and decide if the organization would continue.
  • SB 2675, the voucher bill, died as it was not brought out of House Education Committee.  Special thanks to Rep. Richard Bennett, Chairman of House Education, as he did not bring any voucher bills out of committee this year. 
  • SB 2685 required a comprehensive eye exam for all students prior to their entering or enrolling for the first time in public school.  HB 1322, which also provides for such exams, remains alive.

The following bills are among those that remain alive and under consideration:

 

  • HB 572 allows an educator to take personal leave on the day before the first day of school, the last day of school, the day before a holiday or the day after a holiday in the event of death or funeral of an immediate family member. Senate Education passed it Monday afternoon, so it will now be considered by the full Senate
  • HB 1182 prohibits corporal punishment to discipline any student with an IEP or Section 504 plan. Senate Education passed it Monday afternoon, so it will now be considered by the full Senate
  • SB 2770, the teacher pay raise bill, was amended in House Education Monday afternoon to eliminate the Senate’s language that provided the $1,000 raise via lump sum payments each December.  House Education’s amendment implements the raise via increases to the salary scale steps.  The bill was double referred to House Appropriations and that committee passed it yesterday morning.  The amount of the raise remains at $1,000 over the course of the next two years.  SB 2770 will now be considered by the full House.

We provided Lt. Governor Reeves, Speaker Gunn and each member of the legislature a copy of the results of our recent survey regarding the proposed pay raise earlier this morning.  Click here to see that information.  As we shared last week, 85% of survey participants did not find the proposed $1,000 teacher pay raise to be adequate and 98% of participants indicated Mississippi teacher salaries should be competitive with other states in our region.

 

Next Wednesday, March 13, is the deadline for each chamber to pass general bills which originated in the other chamber.