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"Bolivar County Headstart visited the Capitol last week. As always, Bolivar County represented well. Early childhood education is critical in the lives of children. Elnora Littleton thanks for all you and your team do to ensure a quality education for our babies. Your advocacy matters!!!"

Representative Abe Marshall Hudson Jr.
House District 29 (Bolivar & Sunflower Counties)


Information that Impacts Mississippians

Below are a few items I believe you, as a constituent, Mississippian, or friend, might find intriguing. Please click the BLUE links below for information about the following topics: 


John Eze Uzodinma visited the Capitol and brilliantly played his violin. Please Click Here to here his rendition of Amazing Grace.

Newsletters

Missed my old newsletters for the 2019 session? No problem. Please click the blue link below to catch up on what's been happening in the Mississippi Legislature.

The Mississippi Small Business Development Center is a great resource to Mississippians who want to start a business. Over 10 years ago, I got to work on their team in the Mississippi Delta. In this photo, I am with the State Director Sharon Nichols. If you have questions about entrepreneurship, please visit their website:  http://www.mssbdc.org/.

Cathy McGruder-Jones and Ruth Jackson Braxton were at the Capitol on behalf of Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board. Ironically, Cathy had helped me with a constituent issue months prior but this was our first time meeting. It was a great chance meeting. If you have any question about Veterans Affairs, Click Here to better understand their services.

This weekend, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated hosted the Southern Regional Conference in our very own Jackson, Mississippi. Below, I have various photos from the weekend.

Dr. Temika Simmons and her team kicked off the Winning the Race Conference at Delta State University on yesterday. They started the festivities by honoring the third class of heroes at the Amzie Moore Home in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Voss family was recognized for their entrepreneurial endeavors in Bolivar County. The FREE conference is March 24-26th.

Saturday, Pastor Seth Still and I hosted the Medical Marijuana 2020 campaign in Cleveland, Mississippi. The goal was to get signatures in support of making compassionate care safe and legal for qualified patients in Mississippi who suffer from  debilitating medical conditions. Thanks to all who came out to sign the petition!!!

***Currently, there have been about 75,000 signatures garnered. The goal is to gather at least 120,000 signatures. The number of signatures needed is collectively 86,000 over 5 different districts. (The districts are broken up into the 5 old congressional districts.)

My constituent Shenika King sent me a text my wife (Adrienne) and I to let us know her church was having Friends and Family Day at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Shelby, Mississippi. While it was great singing and an amazing word, I was most impressed by the fact the church has been in existence since 1891. The church is fortunate to boast that it has the family members of several original founders who are still active.

The Mississippi Book Festival will celebrate its 5th Anniversary on August 17. More than 180 authors will join thousands of readers on the grounds of the State Capitol complex in downtown Jackson to turn a hot August weekend into a cool celebration of reading and writing. 

2019 Mississippi Legislative
Session (Week 11)

This was the eleventh week of the 2019 Legislative Session. Because it is late in the session, much of the week was spent deciding whether to concur with any changes made to House bills by the Senate or to invite conference on those bills. In conference committee, representatives and senators work together to finalize the details of each bill before they are sent to the Governor. Included in the bills being sent to conference are most of the revenue and appropriations bills from both the House and Senate, which will decide the state's budget.

On Thursday, Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2116 into law. "The Heartbeat Bill," as some have called it, makes it illegal for someone to have an abortion after there is a detectable heartbeat in the womb. Usually this occurs at or around week six of a pregnancy. This law is now one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the United States. Though it is signed into law, I still adamantly oppose this bill. Hopefully, the courts can help to reverse this legislation.



At the beginning of the week, the House welcomed two new members who won their special elections last week. Representative Solomon Osborne (District 32) and Representative Ronnie Crudup, Jr. (District 71) were sworn in on Monday afternoon prior to session by Speaker Philip Gunn. Districts 32 and 71 were left open last November when former House members Willie J. Perkins, Jr. and Adrienne Wooten, respectively, each won elections for judgeships. Two House seats (Districts 73 and 101) remain vacant at this time.

Legislators at the Capitol honored many Mississippians this week for their positive representation of our state. While on a class field trip, teenagers Jacob Humphrey, Seth Humphrey, C.J. Holland and Austin Macklemore were recognized before the House for rescuing a child from drowning two weeks ago in Leland. The House also recognized U.S. Marine Corps Corporal David Potts, Sr. for his long life of service as one of the first African-American Marines ( House Resolution 71). Several sports teams from around the state were also recognized for their accomplishments.

The House also honored Representatives Nolan Mettetal (R-Panola) and Ray Rogers (R-Rankin) for their many years in the Mississippi legislature. Both representatives previously announced they would not be seeking re-election in 2019 and had decided to retire. They were each joined by family and friends and were presented with House Concurrent Resolution 93 (Rogers) and House Concurrent Resolution 94 (Mettetal) commending them for their service.


Want to be an organ donor?

Today there are more than 116,000 people waiting for a life-saving transplant.  Every 10 minutes, a new person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list, and everyday an average of 20 people die waiting for a transplant that never comes.  In Mississippi, there are more than 1,300 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Many of these Mississippians may get a second chance at life due to the generosity of those who designate themselves as an organ, eye and tissue donor. Click Here to see how you can help.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 95% of U.S. adults support organ donation but only 48% are actually signed up as donors
  • Anyone can be a registered donor regardless of age, race or medical history
  • All major religions support organ, eye and tissue donation as a person's final act of love and generosity
  • A commitment to donation never interferes with medical care
How to Contact Legislators

Please email your Representatives and Senators via group email at the following addresses: Representatives@house.ms.gov or  Senators@senate.ms.gov.

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