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"Thursday and Friday, my daughter, Abee, came to work with me at the Capitol. It was good to have her in town. I still can't quite make out what she was writing in this photo, but she kept telling me she was working. A special thanks goes to Luvenia Adams (House Staff) and Zanetta Horton Bowman (Senate Staff) for allowing Abee to color and write in their offices. "

-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: 


Attorney Julian Miller is from Winstonville, MS. He is the founder of the Education Law and Policy Clinic at Mississippi College School of Law where he is an adjunct professor. He has a class with these second year law students. Alexandria is from Chicago, IL and Shayla is from Fayette, MS. I was asked to stop by the night class on Monday evening to share what bills I have introduced and answer their questions about what it is like to serve in the Mississippi Legislature.

Newsletters

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


Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson invited me and other legislators to attend an event at the Mississippi Farmers Market. He served with me in the Mississippi legislator before being appointed. I am glad he is a champion for large and small farmers. 

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is very intentional about  issue engagement. This year, I introduced a bill to deter people from being discriminated against. Several of my colleagues and I had a chance to show our support for this bill with Rob Hill, HRC Mississippi State Director. Check out this bill:  House Bill 1494.

Representative Roun McNeal caught my daughter's attention with his duck cane on her visit to the Capitol. He even allowed her to name it. Click Here to read his Facebook post.

Zakiya Summers usually is busy working her job at American Civil Liberties Union. However, she was on a different task this day. She was helping to bring awareness to legislators and staff about the sickle cell disease. 

Representative Patricia Willis is the Chair of the Drug Policy Committee. Well, that's her legislative job. She is actually a flight attendant who might I add has a law degree. In this photo, she was preparing to hit the friendly skies.

Bolivar County weekly releases those individuals who qualify for county races. Please follow The Bolivar County Circuit Clerk's Office Facebook page to stay informed.

Robin Boyles is the Director of Program Development at Delta Health Center in Mound Bayou, MS. Last week, they were in Jackson, MS at the Capitol to share their journey of success. Please read more about the organization below.

Delta Health Center was the first rural community health center in the country. It has a history steeped in the Civil Rights Movement.  Delta Health Center is one of 21 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Mississippi. They are separate nonprofit organizations. Each is governed by its own Board of Directors but all a part of the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi (CHCAMS). Each receives federal funds from the Health Resources Services Administration's Bureau of Primary Care which allows them to see patients regardless of their ability to pay. While CHCAMS accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurances, they also have a sliding fee scale which allows for a discount for those that are eligible based on income and family size. They turn no one away due to inability to pay. CHCAMS also receives around $160K a year from the state through its Mississippi Qualified Health Center program. This enables them to provide healthcare to those unable to pay.  They offer primary care services that include pediatrics, OB/GYN, and oral health care. Also, they are in the process of opening a behavioral health unit to provide outpatient counseling for mental health and behavioral health.

2019 Mississippi Legislative
Session (Week 4)

As next week's Tuesday's deadline to have House Bills out of their corresponding committees quickly approaches, the c ommittees met frequently during the fourth week of the legislative session. I had Transportation, Agriculture, County Affairs, Ports & Harbors, Corrections, and Energy Committee meetings.  After Tuesday, February 5th, no additional general bills will be added to the House calendar for consideration. Members will also meet in session for longer periods of time to discuss the bills that have made it out of their respective committees.  Although most work is still happening in these committee meetings, several bills reached the House floor and were discussed.
 
House Bill 4 was one of the bills that made it out of committee and onto the floor. The bill would allow private employers to give a permissive preference for certain veterans when hiring. After little debate, HB 4 passed unanimously with a vote of 118-0 and has been sent to the Senate for consideration.

A number of other bills were introduced with topics including insurance regulation, corrections and local government affairs. All bills that reached the House floor and were voted on were passed. 

On Wednesday, Governor Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act ( House Bill 366) into law. The law will allow electric cooperatives around the state to provide broadband internet service to its electric customers. 

An intelligent bill came up that would allow Mississippi inmates to change the degrading uniforms that are currently worn. Though  House Bill 1287  got out of committee, it was recommitted. I hate this happened on the house floor. It's a shame we are willing to humiliate a person instead of rehabilitate an individual.  Commissioner Pelicia Hall thanks for attempting to change the institutional culture  and perception of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

This week, the House recognized the efforts of the Lady Bobcats Softball Team from Jones County Junior College for their National Championship season in 2018. Other visitors at the Capitol from this week included the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, the Mississippi Library Association and the Mississippi chapter of the Human Rights Campaign. 

Educator's Opinion

By 

Renee Lamastus

About that big $1,000 raise for teachers... 

Do you think someone would go to medical school only to look forward to $38,000 starting salary? You may say, well, of course not. They earned it by going to school for 4+ more years after college. Well, I went to school 4+ years after college too. I also went through the grueling board certification. I also did it while holding a full time job and had two small kids. I know many others in my profession that have stories like mine. I know teachers that hold second jobs. 

So when doctors are tired and near burnout, you can just tell them that they "are doing it for the patients" and "you are changing the world one patient at a time." Ok, all of this is true, but once again, would they do it if they were paid $38,000? 

What about if you went into a clinic and doctor was painting his office and counting out copy paper because he could not use too much for reports? What about if he put you all in one room and tried to help each of you all at the same time while the patients' family was giving "subtle hints" about what they read about on WebMD and how he/she is probably doing it wrong? Would you worry about your the quality of care you might receive? 

See, this is really NOT about doctors. I have friends that are doctors and nurses, and they are some of the finest people I have met. Pay them because they are VALUABLE. Some would even make wonderful educators.  It is about how we view EDUCATORS. We do not VALUE them. That is why we don't pay them. Plain and simple. 

We are losing teachers at an incredible rate. Something MUST be done. Pay them, and you will find you might get not only MORE educators, but educators that are some of the brightest, skilled educators we could have. It could CHANGE our state. Let's see how VALUABLE an uneducated workforce will be.

How to Contact Legislators

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