Legislators returned to Jackson yesterday to consider the Governor’s veto of HB 1700 (the education budget) and the FY 21 budget for the Department of Marine Resources.The
House of Representative overrode the Governor’s veto by a vote of 110-6, with Representatives Joel Bomgar of Madison, Chris Brown of Nettleton, Dana Criswell of Olive Branch, Dan Eubanks of Walls, Steve Hopkins of Southaven, and Brady Williamson of
Oxford voting to sustain the veto.The Senate voted to override by a vote of 41-1, with Senator John Polk of Hattiesburg voting to sustain the veto.Yesterday’s override is the first legislative override of a gubernatorial
veto since 2002.The legislature’s override means HB 1700 is now law despite the veto and the education budget is funded.
Legislators also suspended the deadlines and introduced an appropriation bill to fund the School Recognition Program.HB 1806 appropriates $28 million to fund the teacher
bonuses.It now heads to Governor Tate Reeves.
Earlier today, the House and Senate both adjourned until a date mutually agreed upon by Lt. Governor Hosemann and Speaker Gunn before October 5 or until October 5.Both
chambers adjourned without passing a budget for the Department of Marine Resources due to a stalemate over if the legislature or Governor Reeves should control Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds for that agency.
We appreciate legislators’ override of the veto. Districts will now receive their MAEP allocations to pay teacher salaries,
EEF cards (classroom supply funds) can be activated, school nurses can provide services in the ongoing pandemic, and a host of other programs will be able to plan and operate with a budget.Yesterday was a very good day for public education
in our state!