The House Constitution Committee, with little notice before, comment after or discussion, on Monday passed an “alternative” to the ballot initiative seeking to force full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula.

House Speaker Pro tem Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, author of the ballot alternative, had little comment on the measure after it passed the committee on a 7-4, partisan vote.

“We’ll talk about it on the (House) floor,” Snowden said. The measure is expected to come for a floor vote in the House as early as Tuesday morning, and promises to be the first major political battle of the 2015 legislative session.

Through a spokesman, House Speaker Philip Gunn declined comment.

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