Video: Mississippi Senate Approves Alternative Ballot Initiative

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi ballot this November will list two education funding measures.

One is an initiative that got there after more than 116,000 people signed petitions.

The other is an alternative put there by the Legislature.

The Senate voted 30-20 Wednesday to put the alternative on the ballot, with Republicans voting yes and Democrats voting no.

The action came a day after the Republican-controlled House adopted the alternative proposal.

Initiative 42 would require the state to fund an “adequate and efficient system of free public schools.” If legislators fail to provide that, people could ask a chancery judge to order the state to provide the money.

The legislators’ alternative would require funding of an “effective system of free public schools.” It would not allow an appeal to chancery court.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Senate, on a 30-20 vote Wednesday, approved House Concurrent Resolution 9, which would place an alternate version of an constitutional amendment dealing with K-12 education funding on the November ballot

A yes vote was a vote for the resolution, while a no vote was a vote against it.

Voting yes were 30 Republicans and no Democrats. Voting no were 20 Democrats.


Republicans voting yes (30)

Burton, Newton; Carmichael, Meridian; Chassaniol, Winona; Clarke, Hollandale; Collins, Tupelo; Doty, Brookhaven; Fillingane, Sumrall; Gandy, Waynesboro; Gollott, Biloxi; Hill; Picayune;

Hopson, Vicksburg; Hudson, Hattiesburg; G. Jackson, French Camp; Kirby, Pearl; Lee, Mendenhall; Longwitz, Madison; Massey, Nesbit; McDaniel, Laurel; Moran, Kiln; Parker, Olive Branch;

Parks, Corinth; Polk, Hattiesburg; Smith, Poplarville; Sojourner, Natchez; Tindell, Gulfport; Tollison, Oxford; Ward, Louisville; Watson, Pascagoula; Wiggins, Pascagoula; Younger, Columbus.


Democrats voting no (20)

Blount, Jackson; Bryan, Amory; A. Butler, Port Gibson; K. Butler, McComb; Dawkins, Pass Christian; Frazier, Jackson; Hale, Senatobia; Horhn, Jackson; R. Jackson, Marks; S. Jackson, Preston;

Jolly, Houston; Jones, Canton; Jordan, Greenwood; Montgomery, Bay Springs; Norwood, Jackson; D. Simmons, Greenwood; W. Simmons, Cleveland; Stone, Holly Springs; Turner, West Point; Wilemon, Belmont.

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