The 2020 Legislature continued to settle in this week as committees in the Senate and House of Representatives met for the first time.

On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee met for the first time under the new chairman, Briggs Hopson. The committee focused on learning the budget process, as well as discussing the bill that would correct the teacher pay raise funding shortage the House of Representatives passed last week. Following the committee passing the bill, the full Senate passed it on Thursday.

“We appreciate the House and Senate working quickly to correct this funding error in calculating the teacher pay raise during the 2019 Legislative Session,” Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation President Mike McCormick said.

The Senate and House of Representatives adjourned on Thursday and will return on Monday.

In addition to the Legislature getting settled this week, Mississippi’s new governor also began serving in his role. Tate Reeves was sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor on Tuesday in the House of Representatives Chamber at the Mississippi Capitol.

“As we enter a new decade, my staff and I are looking forward to working with Governor Reeves and the new Legislature on issues important to our farmers and ranchers in Mississippi,” McCormick said.