Committee again delays vote on charter school legislation

JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee has again delayed a vote on a charter school bill.

It’s unclear whether Senate Bill 2401 can pass the House Education Committee, though it has been narrowed by amendments.

Some Republicans and conservative Democrats on the 31-member panel continue to voice opposition. For example, Rep. Steve Massengill, a Hickory Flat Republican, says he remains opposed. Massengill is among four Republicans that the Mississippi Tea Party asked supporters to lobby yesterday.

The committee met twice yesterday without considering the bill after a Wednesday meeting on charter schools ended abruptly. Members are scheduled to meet again Monday, with Tuesday the deadline for House committees to act on Senate bills.

The committee voted 14-12 earlier this month for a charter school bill that never came to the House floor.

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