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2021 Senate Education Bill Summaries

The summaries attempt to highlight major components of each bill. Click on the bill number to read the bill in its entirety and to view the latest action.

 

SB 2149 - MAEP; Department of Education required to hold harmless school district from calculating 2020-2021 average daily attendance.

  • An act to amend section 37-151-103, Mississippi Code of 1972, to require the State Department of Education to hold school districts harmless when calculating average daily attendance for the 2020-2021 scholastic year
  • To provide that the State Department of Education shall use each school district's average daily attendance for the 2019-2020 scholastic year in place of the school district's average daily attendance for the 2020-2021 scholastic year for the purpose of calculating funding under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program
  • And for related purposes

 

SB 2267- Teacher license; allow reciprocity if teacher possesses standard license from other state and passes background check.

  • An act to amend section 37-3-2, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that the Department of Education shall grant licenses to teachers if they possess a valid standard license from another state and pass a character and fitness background check
  • And for related purposes

 

SB 2664 - Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; prescribe standards and benchmarks.

  • An act to amend section 37-21-51, Mississippi Code of 1972, to prescribe standards and benchmarks under the Early Learning Collaborative Act
  • To authorize technical teacher and teacher assistant support services
  • To require individualized professional development plans and approved curriculum
  • To require the Department of Education to provide the Governor and the Legislature with an evaluation of program effectiveness
  • To require the Peer Committee to review the Department of Education's Evaluations and Annual Reports and submit a summary of its findings to the Legislature;
  • And for related purposes

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

SB 2765 - Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act; create.

  • An act to enact the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act
  • To authorize medical cannabis use by certain patients who have debilitating medical conditions
  • To provide certain protections to patients, caregivers, medical providers, medical cannabis establishments, dispensaries, pharmacies and testing facilities for the medical use of cannabis
  • To provide that the State Department of Health will administer this act and issue registry identification cards to qualifying patients and registrations to qualifying facilities
  • To authorize local governments to enact certain ordinances not in conflict with this act
  • To provide civil and criminal penalties for violations of this act
  • To provide for an advisory committee to make recommendations to the Legislature and the Department
  • To require the Department to make an annual report to the Legislature regarding the operation of this act
  • To create new section 27-65-28, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that the retail sales of cannabis products shall be taxed by 7%
  • To create the Mississippi Workforce and College Opportunity Scholarship Program and Board of Directors, which provide Last-Dollar Scholarships to students enrolled in full-time public and private colleges and universities and workforce training programs from funds generated from the sales and excise tax of cannabis products
  • To provide that revenue generated from the sales tax and excise tax on medical cannabis products shall be deposited in the fund
  • That the first 25% of the revenue shall be allocated to the Department of Education for the state share for Early Learning collaboratives
  • The next 25% shall be allocated to the Department of Education for a standardized dual enrollment program
  • To amend sections 41-29-125, 41-29-127, 41-29-136, 41-29-137, 41-29-139, 41-29-141 and 41-29-143, Mississippi Code of 1972, to conform to the preceding provisions
  • And for related purposes

 

HB 942 - Public utilities; authorize rate-regulated electric utilities to permit broadband provider use of the electric delivery system.

  • An act to amend section 77-3-2, Mississippi Code of 1972, to declare that it is the policy of the state of Mississippi to support deployment of existing and emerging technologies to foster reliable and resilient service and customer access to enhanced services
  • To provide that the Public Service Commission is authorized and empowered to enter into contracts with federal agencies, including, but not limited to, the United States Department Of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications Information Agency, or State Agencies, for the purposes only of providing services for the collection of data for mapping of broadband availability
  • To amend section 77-3-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, to include definitions of "Broadband Service Provider," "Broadband Operator," "Electric Delivery System" and "Enhanced Grid Investments"
  • To amend section 77-3-44, Mississippi Code of 1972, to include fiber-optic infrastructure and enhanced grid investments as an economic development activity, to allow rate-regulated electric utilities to permit broadband providers use of the electric delivery system to provide broadband services, to regulate easements, to allow certain entities to construct fiber-optic infrastructure on public utilities' existing rights-of-way
  • And for related purposes

 

SB 2798 - Broadband services; provide for the participation of rate-regulated electric utilities in the expansion of.

  • An act to provide for certain participation of rate-regulated electric utilities in the expansion of broadband services in the state of Mississippi
  • To amend section 77-3-2, Mississippi Code of 1972, to declare the policy of this state to support expansion of existing and emerging technologies to foster reliable and resilient service and customer access to enhanced services
  • To amend section 77-3-3, Mississippi Code of 1972, to include definitions of "Broadband Service Provider," "Broad and Operator," "Electric Delivery System" and "Enhanced Grid Investments"
  • To amend section 77-3-44, Mississippi Code of 1972, to include Fiber Optic Infrastructure and Enhanced Grid Investments as an economic development activity in which certain utilities are authorized to undertake, and to authorize Rate-Regulated Electric Utilities to grant permission to broadband operators or broadband service providers to use the electric delivery system
  • To create a new section to provide competitive safeguards when a Rate-Regulated Electric Utility grants permission to a broadband operator or broadband service provider to use any part of the Utility's Electric Delivery System
  • And for related purposes