Senate Update: Dyslexia Education, More DeSoto Prosecutors & Allowing Innovation
On Tuesday, I managed an amendment to HB488 which inserted the provisions of my legislation to create a grant program by the State Department of Education to assist schools in addressing the needs of students with dyslexia.
My amendment provides additional resources to school districts that institute a dyslexia program in the public schools through financial grants for the purchase of curriculum materials and supplies for dyslexia therapy services.
To qualify the school must:
1) Use licensed dyslexia therapists or individuals from an approved training program resulting in State Department of Education licensure to provide dyslexia therapy to students diagnosed with dyslexia;
2) Use daily Orton-Gillingham-based therapy;
3) Possess school leadership trained in dyslexia; and
4) Maintain a current School Program Verification and Assurances form on file with the State Department of Education
A school district meeting these qualifications could apply for up to $50K in funding for these curriculum supplies subject to appropriation. Such funding would not be coming from MAEP but would be appropriated from the IHL Financial Aid program which also funds the dyslexia Education program.
The amendment passed by voice vote and the Senate passed the legislation 44-8. The measure now returns to the House of Representatives.
More DeSoto Prosecutors
On Thursday, SB2677, which I authored, was sent to the Governor after passing both the Senate and the House. This measure authorizes the Board of Supervisors of DeSoto County to employ and pay additional part-time assistant county prosecuting attorneys. This will allow our local government to make the determination of the number of prosecutors necessary to continue to move the criminal justice system forward in DeSoto County.
Also on Thursday, HB222 – the House companion legislation to the measure I authored, SB2225 – was released from further consideration in the Senate and sent to enrolling, the final step before it heads to the Governor. This is the legislation that will revise state motor codes to create a new classification of “autocycles” which will not fall under traditional motorcycle regulations and allow a new gas efficient vehicle to be used by consumers in Mississippi. Removing obstacles to this innovative new vehicle will be a big help to citizens of Mississippi. It is always necessary to adjust laws to keep pace with new developments. As technology progresses, old definitions no longer fit and this bill updates our motor code to give consumers more options without diminishing safetyRead More...