House passes several Senate bills

With March 11th being the deadline for the House to take action on bills and constitutional amendments originating in the Senate, several significant issues were settled.  From the House of Representatives Weekly Summary, the following issues were approved:

Senate Bill 2389 is an Article V vehicle to amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced federal budget and limit the ability of Congress to raise the debt limit without states’ approval. The bill was passed by the House but not without some contention between Democrats and Republicans.

Senate Bill 2695, the “Special Needs Bill,” was passed to set-up a pilot program to give parents of special needs students allotments (or vouchers up to $6,500) to can seek the educational opportunities appropriate and best suited for their children’s specific situation.

Senate Bill 2161 establishes a commission to study Common Core State Standards, determine suitability for Mississippi school children, and present recommendations to the State Board of Education.

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Lt. Gov. releases 2015 priorities

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves published his priorities for the 2015 Legislative session.  As the second-highest ranking official in Mississippi and the President of the Senate, the Lieutenant Governor wields significant power in appointing members to Senate committees and setting the legislative agenda.

His initiatives are summarized as follows:

  • Eliminating the vehicle inspection sticker.
  • Placing public hospital boards under the Open Meetings Act.
  • Reforming state contracting laws.
  • Expanding physician residency access.
  • Improving care for the mentally ill.
  • Ensuring high academic standards for Mississippi students.
  • Spending more on education based on effective district management.
  • Providing school choice for special needs children.
  • Reducing concealed carry permit fees.
  • Recognizing military training for firearm permits.

Further explanation can be found on the Lieutenant Governor’s website. Like all state-wide offices, Mr. Reeves is up for re-election in 2015.

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