Legislative Update – Week 2
It was a short second week in the Mississippi Legislature. The House adjourned on Thursday afternoon, after passing another bill that diverts tax dollars from the state back to cities and counties for road and bridge repair. These measures provide funding for local infrastructure without raising taxes.
Yesterday we passed HB 722, which sends about $108 million in current state tax collections back to cities and counties for road and bridge repair. It passed the House unanimously. You can read the full bill here. I was happy to support this legislation so that these tax dollars can be spent more effectively at the city level to repair local infrastructure.
Several bills passed out of committee this week, and are awaiting action by the full House. You can view each of those, along with a short explanation, on my House Calendar page here.
The deadline to introduce bills is this coming Monday. After that time, we will have a clearer picture about which legislation might become law. You can scroll through more than 1,000 bills that have already been introduced on the “All Bills” page.
On Tuesday, Governor Phil Bryant delivered his annual State of the State address. If you missed it, you can watch the recording from C-SPAN.
This session, the legislature will be considering a new funding formula for public schools. This bill hasn’t yet been brought before the Education committee, but it likely will be soon. You can read more about the proposed funding formula in this report from the Clarion Ledger.
I will continue streaming Facebook Live videos directly from the House, so be sure to like my Facebook page for live videos throughout the week!
As always, you can see all of the votes I have taken so far, with bill details, on my website.
If you have any questions, comments, or requests, please send me an email at Joel@JoelBomgar.com or call me on my cell at (601) 207-0813.
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