The Legislature, due to COVID-19 issues, did not SINE DIE the session. The session has adjourned subject to call of the Lt. Governor and the Speaker of the House to deal with any Covid-19 related issues that may need to be handled. SINE DIE is set for of October 10, 2020.
The MAEP funding bill,
, passed and has been sent to the Governor. It is 1.6% (approximately $37 million) less than last year.
Several COVID-19 related bills that effect K-12 education passed and have been sent to the Governor.
- HB 1788 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.
- SB 3044 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.
- SB 3046 COVID-19 Broadband Grant Programs; create — This bill provides $75 million in CARES Act funding for expanding broadband across the state.
- SB 3049 Mississippi Back-to-Business Liability Assurance and Health Care Emergency Response Liability Protection Act; create — This bill will provide liability protection for individuals, state and local government, associations, for-profit and nonprofit entities, religious and charitable organizations dealing with COVID-19 related issues. It has been sent to the Governor.
The following bills were not taken up by either chamber, but due to the fact that the legislature did not SINE DIE, they are showing that they are still alive.
- HB 666 Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise funding and specify teaching standards
- SB 2286 Gifted education; require school districts to provide for students in Grades 7 and 8