Recap of the Session Day 2

The Senate and House of Representatives met at the Capitol for the second day of the Legislative session. The Senate was set to meet at 10:00 AM and the House was set for 2:00 PM.

In the Senate today:

Gaveled in at 10:00 AM with Governor-elect Tate Reeves presiding.

No new business was discussed. The Senate was adjourned until 10:00 AM tomorrow, January 9th, 2020.

In the House today:

House of Representatives was gaveled in by Speaker of the House, Philip Gunn today at 2:00 PM.

The role was called and then went into recess. They were brought back in and then back into recess for the Rules Committee to meet.

When brought back in, the House introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 501.  This calls for a joint assembly of the House and Senate for the inauguration of statewide elected officials.

Also, House Concurrent Resolution 1 was introduced. This is to appoint a joint committee of the House and Senate to arrange the inauguration of Governor-Elect Tate Reeves.

To end the House Session for the day, a list of members for the Appropriations Committee was read aloud and then a meeting was held directly after the House adjourned.

They are scheduled to meet tomorrow at 1:30 PM January 9th, 2020.

In the Appropriations Committee:

Chairman of the Committee, John Oliver Read, held the meeting and addressed the teacher pay deficit.

This Committee passes HB1 which addressed the teacher pay raise deficit from last year’s $1,500.00 difference. After the raise was passed last year, lawmakers were made aware of some teachers that were coded incorrectly, meaning they did not get the correct raise intended.

This bill will cover over $18.4 million more in raises which will fund right over 42,000 teacher raises. According to Rep. Richard Bennett, this money will come from the general fund.