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July 10, 2020
The Legislative Report
July 6-10, 2020
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On July 8, Governor Reeves partially vetoed House Bill 1700, the K-12 Education Appropriations bill. The Legislature would have to reconvene to remedy the matter; however, their return could be delayed due to several members of the Legislature and Capitol staff testing positive for COVID-19. Below is a partial list of areas that were included in the cut:

  • Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP) (Teacher salaries)
  • Education Enhancement Funding  
  • Special Education
  • Literacy Programs
  • School Nurse Program
  • Schools for the Blind and Deaf
  • School Attendance Officers
  • Chickasaw Cession
COVID-19 LEGISLATION
The following COVID-19 related bills affecting K-12 education that became law include:

  • HB 1788 (Became law without the Governor’s signature) Mississippi Pandemic Response Broadband Availability Act; create — This bill provides $50 million in CARES Act funding for school districts to use in providing internet access for teachers and students that live in areas without service; Bill History
  • SB 3044 (Became law without the Governor's signature) Equity in Distance Learning Act; enact — This bill provides $150 million in CARES Act funding for the purchase of computer devices and other distance learning related expenses. The funds will be distributed based on Average Daily Membership instead of Average Daily Attendance; Bill History
  • SB 3046 (Became law without the Governor’s signature) COVID-19 Broadband Grant Programs; create — This bill provides $75 million in CARES Act funding for expanding broadband across the state; Bill History
  • SB 3049 (Approved by the Governor July 8) Mississippi Back-to-Business Liability Assurance and Health Care Emergency Response Liability Protection Act; create; Bill History
2020 EDUCATION LEGISLATION
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Education-related House & Senate Bills that became law in the 2020 Legislative Session are:

  • HB 1 Department of Education for additional funding for teachers' salaries; Bill History
  • HB 263 School attendance officers; clarify salaries of; Bill History
  • HB 274 HELP Grant Program; align curriculum with changes for college preparatory as required by IHL; Bill History
  • HB 667 Public special purpose schools; clarify provision related to administrative and licensed instructional personnel of; Bill History
  • HB 676 State and School Health Insurance Management Board; authorize State Agency executive heads to designate to serve in his or her capacity; Bill History
  • HB 669 School consolidation; require local school districts to close certain schools within the district of underperforming schools; Bill History
  • HB 751 Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program; remove requirement that the Department of Education administer with the FNMA; Bill History
  • HB 1176 School bus drivers; increase maximum speed limit on interstate highways; Bill History
  • HB 1336 “Mississippi Learn to Earn Act”; enact to authorize the earning of graduation credit through apprenticeships and other alternative courses; Bill History 
  • HB 1439 Sixteenth section lands; revise provisions relating to reports and copies of leases To Secretary of State; Bill History 
  • HB 1577 Hunter safety course; authorize school districts to offer as part of their curriculum; Bill History
  • HB 1647  Local governmental entities and school districts; authorize grant of admin leave with pay in event of certain disasters or emergencies; Bill History
  • HB 1788 (Became law without the Governor’s signature) Mississippi Pandemic Response Broadband Availability Act; create — This bill provides $50 million in CARES Act funding for school districts to use in providing internet access for teachers and students that live in areas without service; Bill History
  • HB 1792 (Became law without the Governor's signature) Equity in Distance Learning Fund for purpose of providing distance learning to public K-12 students; Bill History
  • HB 1797 (Became law without the Governor’s signature) MDE for Mississippi Broadband Availability Act purposes; Bill History
  • SB 2283  School districts; revise employees and administrators subject to conflict-of interest provisions; Bill History
  • SB 2353 Critical Needs Teacher Forgivable Loan Program; extend repealer on; Bill History  
  • SB 2506 Winona-Montgomery School Board of Trustees; revise membership; Bill History
  • SB 2508 Provisions of the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998; extend repealer on; Bill History
  • SB 2509 Failing school districts; extend repealer; Bill History
  • SB 2511 Teachers; revise licensure; Bill History
  • SB 2565 16th section trust interest; authorize districts to spend once loan payments are current; Bill History
  • SB 2594 The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act; revise and extend repealer; Bill History
  • SB 3044 (Became law without the Governor's signature) Equity in Distance Learning Act; enact — This bill provides $150 million in CARES Act funding for the purchase of computer devices and other distance learning related expenses. The funds will be distributed based on Average Daily Membership instead of Average Daily Attendance; Bill History 
  • SB 3046 (Became law without the Governor’s signature) COVID-19 Broadband Grant Programs; create — This bill provides $75 million in CARES Act funding for expanding broadband across the state; Bill History
  • SB 3049 Mississippi Back-to-Business Liability Assurance and Health Care Emergency Response Liability Protection Act; create; Bill History
HOUSE & SENATE BILLS STILL ACTIVE
The following bills were not taken up by either chamber, but due to the fact that the legislature did not SINE DIE, their status is still alive:

  • HB 666 Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise funding and specify teaching standards; Bill History
  • SB 2286 Gifted education; require school districts to provide for students in Grades 7 and 8; Bill History
HOUSE & SENATE BILLS THAT DIED
  • HB 278 Sixteen section land; authorizing leasing of certain land by cities/counties for less than minimum percentage of market value under certain circumstances; Bill History
  • HB 341 CTE students; provide tuition-free instruction and increased financial assistance for industry certification assessment; Bill History
  • HB 407 Reverse auction; revise method of receiving bids through for agencies and governing authorities; Bill History  
  • HB 672 State Department of Education; permit to receive various contributions from public or private donors; Bill History 
  • HB 757 School mobile panic button program; require Department of Education to develop and implement in K-12 public schools; Bill History 
  • HB 770 Trauma-Informed Discipline Practices Act; enact to establish procedures to assess and mediate effects of traumatic events in schools; Bill History
  • HB 888 Student club funds; clarify use and accounting practices by school districts; Bill History
  • HB 994 Teacher licensure; revise qualifications for candidates to enter an approved teacher education program; Bill History
  • HB 1139 Community schools; authorize implementation under the administration of a District of Innovation; Bill History
  • HB 1165 Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to Implement in K-12 public schools; Bill History
  • HB 1233 School athletic trainers; provide annual salary supplement for those acquiring national certification; Bill History
  • HB 1255 National board certification annual salary supplement; remove cap on the number of nurses and speech-language pathologists eligible for; Bill History
  • HB 1556 Career and technical education; revise curriculum, instructor license requirements and certain assessments; Bill History
  • SB 2001 Teachers’ salaries; provide for increase; Bill History 
  • SB 2351 Mississippi High School Activities Association; require to comply with Mississippi Open Meetings Law to receive public funds; Bill History 
  • SB 2395 School board members; increase pay; Bill History
  • SB 2541 State and School Health Insurance Management Board; authorize superintendent of education to name designee; Bill History
  • SB 2864 Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program; revise; Bill History