Lawmakers approve budget bills, but there's more work to be done

Lawmakers approve budget bills, but there's more work to be done

Lawmakers approve budget bills, but there's more work to be done

Momentum is building around the nation for protests over pay and benefits for public school teachers.

The bill calls for diverting the $125 million in MDOT funds to another entity controlled by the governor that would oversee their expenditure on transportation needs. When they reconvened, the pension bill was recommitted to the State Government Committee.

Members of the Transportation Commission are expressing reservations regarding a proposal aimed at repairing Mississippi's infrastructure system that will soon be dissected by the House.

News 25's Jaylon Morris gives us an update on the House bill and the next step toward the bill becoming a law. The bill makes changes to prevent teachers and public employees from "spiking" their pensions. And the Herald/Times has learned that Scott has invited the families of the 17 people killed in Parkland to be present in Tallahassee at an event Friday.

After meeting behind closed doors for hours Friday morning, republican leadership in the senate chose to send Senate Bill 1, the pension reform bill, back to it's committee rather than vote on it like they were expected to.

Teachers in the state of Kentucky do not receive social security, for that reason their pension plans are crucial to their time following their work in the classroom. Left inside the budget, lawmakers said, were revenue diversions for which the House had previously advocated - and the Senate opposed - in its original education funding bill. "We're giving them all these tools and they're apparently not doing anything, so if we're just talking about passing more gun laws just for the sake of passing more gun laws, what for?"

Republican Rep. George Moraitis voted no.

"This legislation is not flawless, make no mistake, but, for anyone who has been yelling about mental health and making sure risky individuals can't get their hands on a firearm, that is exactly what this bill does", added Skoufis in a statement. "Also, the testimony we heard, we took two days of testimony, and most everybody except for folks from the gun lobby felt that the bill should be strengthened".

After our stories aired, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto filed legislation to change the legal age of marriage to 18.

Under that bill, individuals who attempt to purchase a gun when legally prohibited from doing so so face up to a year in prison and a $500 fine.

"This bill is not dead", Bowen said Friday afternoon.

John Rodgers, R-Essex-Orleans District, was among the senators who voted against universal background checks.

"We've been told that we need to listen to the children and do what the children ask", Porter said. I think they were feeling the pressure.

"Larsen said it's hard to say whether giving the House's long-term education funding approach one year will be enough time to allow lawmakers to make an accurate assessment of its effectiveness".

The bill passed unanimously on the last day of the 60-day legislative session. Ralph Alvarado, who supports the bill.

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