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 [...]

Lawmakers Approve New MEMA Warehouse

Jackson, Miss. (WAPT) - The Mississippi Legislature has finished its session by making final appropriations that will help the state's response to the coronavirus. Among the last measures passed was House Bill 1808. The measure allows the purchase of a warehouse for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The 103,000 square foot warehouse on Mendell Davis Drive in south Jackson cost the state just under $2.4 million. MEMA Executive Director Greg Michel says that was below the asking price, and it also came with a significant parcel of land that will be utilized in the future as a regional logisitical re-supply site for disaster response that has the capacity for military aircrafts to land. Michel says Mississippi is not the only state [...]

State Leaders Discuss Their Bouts with COVID-19, React to President’s Diagnosis

Jackson, Miss. (WDAM) - After a coronavirus outbreak at the highest levels of the White House, with the president and First Lady now infected, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn reflected Friday on how COVID-19 affected at least 30 of his coworkers at the State Capitol. “I was very blessed and fortunate that my case was very light and the little symptoms and was able to recover in short order, but I have some members who really got, they got hit hard," Gunn said. Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann described his experience with COVID-19 as a flu at first, but then it got more difficult for him to move. “I personally could hardly get out of bed some days. My challenge [...]

Mississippi Lawmakers Reappropriate Coronavirus Relief Funds to Hospitals, Veterans

Jackson, Miss. (Clarion Ledger) - Mississippi lawmakers returned to the Capitol Thursday to discuss coronavirus relief funding and other legislation. They reallocated tens of millions of dollars in CARES Act funding that hasn't been spent. Much of the money was intended to help small businesses, but hasn't been used. Legislators have come and gone numerous times this year in order to hammer out coronavirus relief, budget issues, and to recover after dozens of members and staff got sick themselves. But Friday will be the Legislature's last day at the Capitol until the 2021 session. Lawmakers are set to complete most of their business by Thursday evening. Here are updates from throughout the day. The House passed bills that should financially [...]