2020 Legislative Update
Monday, February 17th, 2020 | Week 6
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Mississippi Heritage Trust and the I.T. Montgomery Home (Mound Bayou, MS)
The Mississippi Heritage Trust continues to fight to help revitalize the Mississippi Delta. In this photo, I am at a reception with Representative Karl Gibbs, Erica Speed, and Lolly Rash. Last year, the Mississippi Legislature allocated $250,000 toward the improvement of the Isaiah T. Montgomery House in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Additionally, the National Park Service Civil Rights Grant program contributed $284,000 to the same project.

Newly elected Representative Kent McCarty and Representative Dana McLean are quickly acclimating to the process. I have spoken to them both about legislation that interests me, and they have both been open to working to improve Mississippi through good legislation. I must say I was a bit surprised when I noticed Representative McLean in our photo. It was too funny to delete so we took another one with her.
Joint House Corrections and Judiciary B Meeting to address MDOC Issues
Both Judiciary B and Corrections House committees met for a joint session. While I am not on the either committee, I felt it was necessary to get first hand knowledge for myself so I could communicate the findings to my constituents. Both Cliff Johnson (Director of the McArthur Justice Center) and Steve Pickett (Chairman of the Mississippi Parole Board) were there to present on behalf of their respective organizations. Here are several photos from that hearing. Also, please CLICK HERE to hear a video excerpt from that meeting.
Photos of the Week
Yvonne Robinson Horton is an elections commissioner in Hinds County. It was fascinating to hear the concerns of elections commissioners at their annual reception. These folks are on the front lines for elections and get praised very little for the warm they execute. 
During session on Thursday, the House was visited by Miss Mississippi Mary Margaret Hyer. She addressed the House and spoke of her platform to increase the number of registered organ donors across the state. 
My deskmate, Representative Cheikh Taylor, brought his son, Ahmir Taylor, to the Capitol to serve as a youth page for a week. He is a great kid with a bright future!!!
Both Senator Sarita Simmons and I enjoyed meeting future doctor Kierra Jones. She was at the Capitol with the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians and the Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. Fortunately, Kierra is coming back to work in the Mississippi Delta so that she can contribute back to the area that gave so much to her.
Brenda Scott is a staunch advocate for state employees in Mississippi. I was happy to see her at the joint Judiciary and Corrections meeting that focused on the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ recent issues.
I knew Representative Daryl Porter before he got elected. I am proud to serve in the legislature with this young attorney. 
Here, I am photographed with my legislative colleague Representative Karl Gibbs and members of the Foundation for Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks . Their goal is to augment the state's efforts to ensure the conservation and enhancement of our fish and wildlife resources so they survive and thrive for current and future generations.
Dan Harris, Susie Daniels, and Willard E. Pugh and I attended a Valentines Day Gala in Shelby, Mississippi. Mr. Pugh, as you may recall, played Harpo in the Color Purple. He has been a longtime supporter of Shelby, Mississippi. He has several relatives that live in the area.
I am starting to think Jeremiah Smith is a legislator. He is at the Capitol every week it seems. Well, I am always glad to see him. He came to the Capitol and spent about two hours with me as I was preparing to submit bills.
Please CLICK HERE to see the plan a few Mississippi Delta lawmakers and I presented to Governor Reeves to address some of the issues at Parchman State Penitentiary.
Black History Month
Marcus Garvey , in full Marcus Moziah Garvey, (born  August  17, 1887, St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica—died June 10, 1940, London England). He was a charismatic black leader who organized the first important American black nationalist movement (1919–26), CLICK HERE to read more about this visionary. While he didn't achieve his ultimate aim, he did inspire many to understand the importance of being connected to the mother land and remembering your roots.