Gov. Bryant signs law to protect teachers’ August paycheck

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a new law designed to ensure teachers get a full paycheck in August, even if they work fewer days than usual because the school year will start later.

House Bill 71 became law as soon as Bryant signed it Monday.

The new law directs school districts to pay all employees in equal monthly installments. It’s meant to end problems created by an attorney general’s opinion that said school districts would violate the state constitution by paying employees for work not yet performed.

The Mississippi School Boards Association has said it believes a new law can’t overcome the constitutional hurdle. But, Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison of Oxford says he believes the law will be constitutional and solve the problem.