Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate Reeves tells The Associated Press he believes there's bipartisan support among lawmakers for charter schools and for trying to improve children's reading skills in early elementary grades.
The Rankin County Republican also says he would support a "reasonable, rational" bond bill that focuses on long-term needs, not short-term projects such as putting new roofs on state buildings. The 2012 session ended without an agreement on issuing bonds to finance projects.
The three-month legislative session begins next Tuesday.
Reeves served eight years as state treasurer. He's beginning his second year as lieutenant governor.
Reeves says he'll look at any immigration-enforcement bills that might be filed before commenting in detail on the issue.
He also says he'll try to ensure "adequate resources" are put into education.