Legislative Update – Monday, January 23, 2012

House and Senate Activities
(Tuesday, January 24, 2012, the House will convene at 4:30 pm; the Senate convenes at 10:00 am.)

Senate Legislation. By referred committee:

Education

Sen. Watson (R- Pascagoula) authored SB2214. This bill would require school districts to spend at least 75% of their funds on direct classroom instructional costs. also referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Watson (R- Pascagoula) introduced SB2242, which would authorize new open-enrollment public charter schools and would set criteria for the conversion of public schools to charter schools. This bill has also been referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Public Health and Welfare

Sen. Collins (R- Tupelo) authored SB2221. This act seeks to require that applicants for public benefits undergo random drug testing.

Sen. Collins (R- Tupelo) introduced SB2224. This act would require that applicants for public benefits perform mandatory community service.

Scheduled Committee Meetings for Tuesday January 24, 2012

House

Committee Time Room
Judiciary A 8:30 am 113
Appropriations 10:00 am 201-A
Public Health and Human Services 2:00 pm 113

Senate

Committee Time Room
Tourism I Immediately after adjournment 408
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Ten minutes after adjournment 408
Agriculture Fifteen minutes after adjournment 210