Mississippi Senate Weekly Report- March 14
JACKSON, Friday, March 7, 2014 – This week we passed House Bill 1096 that will allow cities to clean up abandoned blighted properties in commercial and residential corridors by dropping the $20,000 cap currently in place to allow for removal of asbestos when needed.
The bill would be helpful in areas where abandoned older structures exist, yet owners have been slow to repair them or tear them down.
We also passed House Bill 504 using Senate language to authorize a teacher pay increase that raises starting pay to $34,390 by July 2015, gives a $1,500 raise in July 2014 and a $1,000 boost in July 2015. The plan would also reward teachers at schools that show academic improvement each year under the School Recognition Program implemented in Fiscal Year 2017.