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" This past Monday was the official Martin Luther King (MLK) Holiday. It turned out to be a very busy day... 

I attended a 9 am MLK oratorical contest in Clarksdale, MS and an 11 am MLK memorial service in Cleveland, MS. Then, I drove to Jackson for a 2 pm Joint Corrections Meeting to discuss criminal justice reform. The entire House gaveled in at 4pm. Finally,  there was a deadline for INTRODUCTION of general bills and constitutional amendments the same day. 

Here, I am pictured dropping my last few bills. Please Click Here to read the bills I introduced for the 2019 Legislative Session. A few of them are bills I have introduced in the past. However, I have additional bills I am introducing this year and several I signed onto with other 
colleagues."

-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: 


Canopy Children's Solutions (Canopy), formerly Mississippi Children's Home Services, is Mississippi's most comprehensive nonprofit provider of children's behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions. In this photo, I am with Jackie Meck (Board President), Representative Steve Massengill, Dr. John Damon (Chief Executive Officer).  Click Here to read more about the organization.

FACTS:

*Nearly 5,000 Mississippi children are in child welfare custody.

*1 in 5 or 131,000 Mississippi children suffer from a mental health disorder.

*1 in 59 or 15,000 Mississippi children are on the autism spectrum.


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The Mississippi Transportation Commission announced Tuesday which projects will receive funds designated for emergency road and bridge repair during the last special session. Bolivar and Sunflower Counties received nearlyly $10 million. I am glad House District 29 will get to begin a few critical projects started.  Click Here to see an entire list of emergency grants.


 
This Saturday, Kierre Rimmer hosted his monthly men's fellowship. In this photo, we watched the short film Meek Mill recently released. Click Here to listen to the video. Even if you don't agree with everything he says, it is thought provoking. Afterwards, we talked about what we had heard and how we can individually and collectively keep young black men out of prison. 

I am proud to serve House District 29 in Jackson, MS but, I love coming back home. Small town living has perks. 

Judson Thigpen, Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce briefly visited me on Friday afternoon. When we finished talking, we took a walk to look at the  $18 million hotel with roughly 100 rooms that will be opening in Cleveland, Mississippi later in the year. I am hopeful that projects like this will continue to drive the tourism economy. 
 

Both Margaret Jones and Linda Gamble Simmons are very smart ladies. They are both nurses that stopped to give me the brief history of Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses Association.  In 1945, due to practices of racial exclusion, colored nurses were denied membership in the Mississippi Nurses Association. Six colored registered nurses in Jackson, Mississippi had the conviction that there was a need for an organized independent colored nurses club. Click Here to read more.


Jesse Peddyfoot (Bolivar County Resident) has a full time job and has his own photography business. His most important task is being a great Dad. While at the Capitol, we got to discuss school choice and why he decided to attend the rally. Just because people have a different viewpoint from you doesn't mean you can't talk. He knows I don't favor school choice legislation that negatively impacts public schools funding; And I understand he had to make the best decision for his family. I am hopeful we can create a public education system so this Brother can keep his money in his pocket, and simultaneously feel good about his kid's public school educational experience.

Mississippi Youth Council  is a group of youth leaders, ages 16-24, pushing for policies that increase access to high-quality sex education in Mississippi. It was great to talk to these future leaders on today!!! From the left: Marchellos Scott, Kimberly Travis, Jervia Powell, & Tevin Boyd.

Last week, the ladies of  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  came to the Capitol. Right before we went into session, I got a call from my high school classmate,  Sharetta Young  (c/o 1994). She asked me to come out to speak with her and a few of her sorority sisters about their legislative priorities. Also, the group had been in Jackson for two days addressing items such as the upcoming census and the 2019 statewide elections. Pictured below: Senator Derrick Simmons, Judge Carol Richards, Netty Seard, & Sharetta Young.

2019 Mississippi Legislative
Session (Week 3)

Legislators had a full schedule during the third week of the 2019 Legislative Session. The deadline for introducing bills was on Monday night, so the calendar quickly became full with bills and resolutions to discuss.  I attended my first official committee meeting. The Agriculture Committee voted on all three bills last week. Although most work is still happening in committees, several pieces of legislation reached the House Floor.

On Tuesday, House Bill 571 was introduced to the House as a whole. HB 571 would work to end the commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children. More significantly, Section 97-29-49 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 was amended in the bill to decriminalize prostitution so minors under 18 cannot be charged with prostitution. The bill comes after the Commission on Public Policy hosted a summit on human trafficking in Mississippi on October 3, 2018. HB 571 passed with a bipartisan vote of 116-3, and it will be sent to the Senate for consideration. 

Other relatively uncontested bills brought to the House floor included a bill prohibiting any food product that contains animal tissue and plant or insect-based products from being labeled as meat ( House Bill 793), legislation increasing the maximum annual gross sales of a cottage food operation ( House Bill 702) and a bill that would exclude equipment operated and owned by the Mississippi Military Department from the definition of commercial motor vehicle under the Commercial Driver's License Act ( House Bill 751).

Visitors at the Capitol this week included members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Mississippi Nurses Association, the American Cancer Society and Canopy Children's Solutions. 

Next week, committees will meet even more frequently as the Legislature approaches the next deadline. After Tuesday, February 5th, no additional bills will be added to the House calendar for consideration, and members will meet in session for longer periods of time to discuss the bills that have made it out of committees. 

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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