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" This week, Patrick Davis and Kendrick Walker represented Cleveland Central High School and the Mississippi Delta well at the Mississippi State Capitol. It was my honor to have them as my pages. "

-Representative Abe Marshall Hudson, Jr. ( 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: 


 
Happy Birthday to  Sharon Bovan !!! Saturday night, she celebrated 50 years in style at the "Soul Train" themed birthday party in Mound Bayou, MS. Thanks for all you have done for my family and I. And on behalf of the many others whose lives you've touched, we wish you many more years of happiness, health, and success.

Representative Rob Roberson represents Oktibbeha and Winston Counties. We both serve on the Transportation and County Affairs Committees. In this photo, he and I were both outside the House of Representative's Legislative Services Offices preparing to submit our final bills to be drafted. 

Last week, Supervisor Glenn Donald was attending the Mid-Winter Legislative Conference. We talked about a few things that are going on in Sunflower County. Though most of House District 29 comprises of Bolivar County, I am still concerned about the needs of Sunflower County. I have one voting box that I represent but I have always listened to the concerns of its constituents.

People buy hybrid and electric vehicles because they are attempting to be environmentally friendly. However, last session we passed Road and Bridge legislation that hurt Mississippians who own these vehicles. Representative Dan Eubanks is trying to make it right. Check out House Bill 51.

***Currently, there are 284 electric vehicles 13,935 hybrid vehicles in Mississippi.


I was glad to see Jon Delperdang at the Capitol last week. He consistently fights for public education in Mississippi; particularly, the Mississippi Delta.

Delta State Counselor Education  students and faculty came to the State Capitol to advocate on behalf of counselors. It was my pleasure to engage the students in an effort to better understand their profession on a practical level and consider policy implications of cutting mental health.

Carol Burnett is the Executive Director for the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care InitiativeAs their website reads, the mission is to improve the child care assistance program that serves low-income working parents and strengthens the financial viability of the child care centers that serve them. Here a few facts additional facts from their website.

***Mississippi has the highest child poverty rate in country. While sixteen percent of white kids are poor, fifty-one percent of black kids are poor.

***Sixty-five percent of Mississippi's low-income children live with a single mom.

***Mississippi's child care assistance program only serves about 10 percent of the children who qualify.


Both Senator Derrick Simmons and Representative Orlando Paden represent parts of Coahoma County where Coahoma Community College is located. Coahoma Community College President Valmadge Towner is in both photographs.

Facts about Community College you might not know:
  • Mississippi Community Colleges provide a $4.86 Return on Investment.
  • More than 90,000 Mississippians were trained through Workforce Development at Mississippi community colleges.
  • 96% of students attending Mississippi community colleges are Mississippi residents.
  • 70,024 credit students were enrolled at Mississippi community colleges in Fall 2017.
  • 19 is the average ACT score of Mississippi community college students.

This weekend, the Mississippi Alpha Network hosted all the Mississippi chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Vicksburg, Mississippi for the state convention. This year, the Southern Regional Convention will be in Jackson, Mississippi on March 21st through March 24th. Annually, for the last 87 years, brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., living in the southern region of the United States, have convened in various cities of the seven regional states-Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The purpose of these annual gatherings is to share ideas, build on the fraternal bond, and engage in personal and professional development.

Congratulations to Senator Willie Simmons on announcing his candidacy for Central District Transportation Commissioner. Currently, he is my Senator where he serves Bolivar, Sunflower, and Tallahatchie Counties. Good luck and well wishes as you embark on this new journey to continue your distinguished career in service. Click Here to read full article.

2018 Mississippi Legislative
Session (Week 1)

This is the second week of the 2019 Legislative Session. There wasn't a lot of floor action, but my colleagues and I worked to get our bills drafted by the Legislative Services Office. What typically happens is that we each have bills that we brainchild. The goal is to get the support of others before it gets assigned to a committee. Some legislators will get others to co-author bills, but mainly its a frenzy to talk to as many people as you can to discuss your legislation. 

Bills must be passed out of committee before they are considered by the House. The deadline for the introduction of general bills and constitutional amendments is Monday, January 21st. Several committees are waiting until all bills are filed to hold meetings.

Though we had several resolutions come to the floor this week, only one bill made it to the House floor. House Bill 366, or the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, would allow electric cooperatives to provide broadband internet service to its electric customers. This would greatly benefit rural Mississippians. Five amendments were offered and voted on by the House. The first three amended some language and called for the electric cooperatives to be more transparent. These passed without debate. However, the fourth and fifth amendments failed after a vote. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 115-3, and it will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.

On Tuesday, Governor Phil Bryant delivered his final State of the State address to a joint session of the House and the Senate. He spoke of education, job growth, healthcare, foster care and infrastructure improvements. As I sat in the House chamber and listened to his State of the State, I could tell we have different perspectives about Mississippi and some the above policy. In the Mississippi Delta, we have not see some of the successes he was alluding; Nonetheless, I am optimistic we can work in 2019 to make real strides in Criminal Justice, Education, and Healthcare in Mississippi.

Many groups from across the state visited the Capitol this week.  These included the Mississippi Association of Supervisors, Volunteer Mississippi and the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Old Newsletters

Click Here if this is your first time receiving my newsletters. You can read each in session and out of session update since I became a legislator.

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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