Today, in a historic vote, the Legislature voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Reeves’ veto of public school funding in HB 1700.
The House vote was 110-6. See the House vote. The Senate vote was 41-1. See the Senate vote.
Those voting no were Rep. Joel Bomgar of Madison, Rep. Chris Brown of Nettleton, Rep. Dana Criswell of Olive Branch, Rep. Dan Eubanks of Walls, Rep. Steve Hopkins of Southaven, Rep. Brady Williamson of Oxford, and Sen. John Polk of Hattiesburg.
Please join us in thanking the legislators who voted in favor of the veto override. The Legislature’s work today means that HB 1700 is now law. The Mississippi Department of Education can notify districts right away of their budget allocations for the year, districts can plan, and teachers can get their classroom supply procurement cards.
Additionally, the Legislature passed HB 1806 which appropriates $28-million to cover School Recognition Program bonuses that were earned by teachers in the 2018-2019 school year.
Many thanks to you, our faithful members, for providing your legislators encouragement and support through this process, and for continuing to stand up for students and school employees during these difficult times.
Today’s votes are an example of the strides we can make when parents, educators, and legislators work together to benefit Mississippi children and our public schools. Together, we’ve got this!