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" Mississippi Heritage Trust and Knights and Daughters of Tabor have received a $284,000 grant from the National Park Service Civil Rights Program. They are continuing to fundraise to complete the $1.5 million restoration to turn the I.T. Montgomery House into a scholarly retreat for Civil Rights and social justice. The project will utilize state and federal historic tax credits. I have been proud to be associated with this project to ensure that the legacy of Mound Bayou, MS continues. In this photo, I am with Executive Director Lolly Barnes and Appropriations Chairman John Read."

-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: 


2019 Mississippi Legislative
Session (Week 8)

The end of this week marked the deadline for House appropriations and revenue bills to be introduced and passed. The House Appropriations Committee finished passing bills regarding budgets for state agencies last week, so most legislation came from the House Ways and Means Committee. 

House Bill 822 from the Ways and Means Committee would impose an annual professional privilege tax of $400 on attorneys who practice law in the state, but who are not domiciled in the state and do not maintain a regular place of business in the state. The bill passed 90-15 and has been sent to the Senate for consideration. 

The Ways and Means Committee also introduced several bond bills on the House floor. Examples of these bills include House Bill 935, which would issue bonds to provide funds for the Small Municipalities and Limited Population Counties Fund; House Bill 958, which would increase the amount of bonds that may be issued for certain Department of Marine Resources improvements; and House Bill 1674, which would authorize the issuance of bonds for general capital improvements for state entities like Institutions of Higher Learning, Community and Junior Colleges and various other state agencies. 

Each of these bond bills passed when presented on the House floor. The Senate has been busy working on similar legislation, and now the two Houses will come together to begin deciding how much money will be put into each bill. This process typically lasts until the end of session when a final decision is reached. 

Committees continued to meet this week to discuss Senate bills. Over the next few weeks, Senate Bills will make their way out of House committees and onto the House floor for discussion. The same process will take place in the Senate as they review bills that passed through the House. 

One Senate bill made its way to the House floor twice. Senate Bill 2901, or the Landowners Protection Act, would clarify the liability of business owners when someone is injured on their property with an intentional and willful act by a third party. Judiciary A Chairman Mark Baker introduced a strike-all amendment revising some language in the original bill. Proponents of the bill said that the bill would protect business owners and give more power to juries. Opponents argued that the bill will make it harder for victims to sue property owners for negligence. On Monday, February 25th, the House passed the bill 73-39 before it was held on a motion to reconsider. On Thursday, Chairman Baker reconsidered the vote for purposes of offering a clarifying amendment. It was voted on a second time and passed 78-36 and was again held on a motion to reconsider. 

Senate Bill 2802 amends the Airport Authorities Law which would limit the ad valorem tax exemption to facilities on airport property as a result of airport-related contracts and leases. The bill passed 113-4 without much debate and has been sent to the Governor to be signed. 

The House also approved Senate Bill 2922, which would prohibit food products derived from animal cultures, plants and insects as meat products from being labeled as meat. This is similar to House Bill 793, which passed the House earlier in the legislative session. Senate Bill 2243 is also a bill that is similar to a piece of earlier legislation ( House Bill 344). The bill would allow the president of a county board of supervisors to declare a local emergency. Both of these bills passed with a bipartisan vote of 117-0. 

Students who are members of Future Farms of America came from all over the state to visit the Capitol on Wednesday. Legislators also received visitors from Farm Bureau, Mississippi Valley State University, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Catholic Charities of Jackson and students from Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi's Youth Leadership Program. 

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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.

Educators are the backbone of our community. Here, I am photographed with Ms. Williams, Mr. Harbin, and Principal Dean. Thanks to Parks Elementary for having me speak at their Black History Program. The topic was "Lead by Example." Please Click Here to see photos and videos from that day.

I was walking back into the Capitol to head to a meeting, and I ran into this young lady and her Dad. They were very succinct and specific in what they wanted legislators to consider. Lauren Compere is the Development Director for One Shred of Hope. It is an organization that empowers people with disabilities. 

This is what I found outside my home in Shelby, MS this weekend. I love country living, but we do have our share of snakes from time to time. Does anybody have any idea what kind this is?

The Capitol was full of kids from all over the state in blue jackets. These kids represent Future Farmers of America. My colleague, Representative Noah Sanford, was answering questions and listening to comments. When I see kids at the Capitol, I am always reminded that we sacrifice being here for them. We are the voice for their future.

Keep Mississippi Beautiful was in the Capitol Rotunda talking to legislators and others to advocate on behalf of making sure MS continues to stay clean. The best way to do that was to give away trash bags. It was a great idea and a way to put the focus on cleanliness. I look forward to continuing to work with this organization.

Cleveland, MS hosted a Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Cleveland. After the parade, this little boy was determined to pick up as many beads as he could. It was a fun day for kids and adults!!! I look forward to next year's parade.

Check out this graphic from Marshall Ramsey that illustrated the Landowners Protection Act ( Senate Bill 2901) .

This is a late post but I just think it is a fun story to tell. I walked into the House Chamber in mid December and I was stopped by this young man, Jude Thaddeus Latenoff, who was the Sergeant at Arms for the day. When I told him I was a legislator, he apologized and said he thought I was too young to be an elected official. "I was told not to let anyone in unless they were part of our group," he said. I went to my desk to grab the mail that had been placed there, and walked back out to take this picture with him. It is great to have kids in the House Chamber modeling what legislators and other support staff do while in session. It prepares them for future roles in Mississippi.

This is one of my favorite photos on the campaign trail back in 2016. I am pictured with my Dad, Abe Hudson, Sr. It was a hot day, but we were determined to get the word out about my House District 29 candidacy. I again look forward to getting into the communities I serve to better understand issues. I won't just be asking for a vote, but I want to listen to so that I can embody the spirit of the people I serve. As I said then and I'll say now, "Together We Can" do so much more than we can alone.

The FLY Zone Monthly Mixer will be Saturday March in Cleveland, MS.
Although this has been a meeting for men the last several months, women are invited to participate this month. 
Please come enjoy a documentary, dialogue, food, games, and fellowship. 

Mississippi State Personnel Board

The average annual salary for state employees in Mississippi's four adjoining states is $49,779.
  • Arkansas: $41,688
  • Tennessee: $64,302
  • Louisiana: $46,246
  • Alabama: $46,881
  • Mississippi: $37,911
In Mississippi, we should treat our state workers with the dignity and respect they deserve.
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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