Updated committee chairs for 2021 Legislative Session announced

Jackson, Miss. (Lawrence County Press) - Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann announced several new committee chairs on Nov. 2. The resignations of Senators Sally Doty and Gary Jackson, plus the addition of two newly-elected Senators, Jason Barrett and Bart Williams, prompted the new assignments. “The Legislature has the significant responsibility of helping lead the state through recovering from the pandemic, in addition to addressing all of the State’s other needs in education, economic issues, healthcare, transportation, and others,” Hosemann said. “We wanted to make sure our Senators knew of any committee changes well before the start of the 2021 session so they can begin attending hearings and preparing for next year.” District 39 Sen. Jason Barrett has been named vice-chairman of [...]

Pascagoula, Miss. (Mississippi Press) - Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann spent the day in Pascagoula Thursday, meeting with local school superintendents, giving a presentation to other local officials and meeting with Singing River Health System officials about the state’s ongoing battle with COVID-19. After spending the morning meeting with the local educators at the Pascagoula High School Performing Arts Center, Hosemann attended an invitation-only luncheon sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, with many local officials in attendance. Afterward, he took to the auditorium stage to speak on a wide range of topics, including the 2020 legislative session and goals for the future. Of particular note were Tuesday’s vote on the new Mississippi state flag, which was approved by [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Lt. Governor Congratulates Senators-Elect Bart Williams and Jason Barrett

Jackson, Miss. - The below is attributable to Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann: “Senator-elect Bart Williams is a community leader and brings to the table more than 25 years’ experience as a small business owner. His perspective will be critical to growing our workforce and our economy, which is built on small businesses across Mississippi. Senator-elect Jason Barrett has a young family and similar experience running a small law office. Coupled with his legal background, he will be an asset as the Legislature seeks to help our State move forward and recover from the pandemic when we reconvene in January.” ### Bart Williams was elected to serve as Senator for District 15 (Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha, and Webster counties) in a Special [...]

Senate to Hold Hearings in Lull Before 2021 Session

Jackson, Miss. (Y'all Politics) - The Mississippi Legislature has left the building after sine die in what was the longest session in Mississippi history. However, work is still happening among members. Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann is keeping senators busy with hearings scheduled throughout the month of October. He says he hopes that these hearings will result in legislation sooner than usual. Hosemann indicated on the Gallo Show Monday morning that he hopes to see legislation from members before the end of the year. Typically, bills are not filed by members until the return to a legislative session, meaning early January. “I sent them [members] a note and asked them to have most of their bills in by Christmas,” said Hosemann. [...]

PRESS RELEASE: Legislature Reappropriates More Than $60M in Coronavirus Relief Funds

Jackson, Miss. - The Mississippi Legislature concluded its 2020 business by reappropriating more than $60 million from the Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to the State from the federal government. Adjournment sine die, which officially ends the Session, is Saturday, October 10, 2020. New programs made possible by the reappropriations include: $13 million in a grant program for general agriculture and poultry farming losses; $10 million for veterans’ facilities; $20 million in a grant program for residential and commercial rental assistance; $10 million in a grant program for the construction of hospital ICU beds and negative pressure rooms; and $10 million to upgrade emergency wireless communication across the State. “COVID has taken a significant toll on our families, businesses, and communities. [...]

Lt. Governor Joins PSC to Honor Atmos Energy

Jackson, Miss. (WLBT) - Atmos Energy is named a Mississippi Champion for the second year in a row. The Mississippi Public Service Commission, Speaker of the House, Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor, Delbert Hosemann present the company with the recognition on the steps of the State Capitol Tuesday. This is part of the Hire Mississippi program. Atmos is recognized for creating a transparent and open bid process, for boosting economic development and increasing employment in the state. Gunn said, “this is a model that I wish every company in Mississippi would follow. By doing this we have, we are able to keep our citizens at home, we’re able to put them to work.” Mississippi Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann added, “their [...]