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Legislators returned to Jackson Tuesday with a full slate of labor
Medical Marijuana, trainer pay, revenue tax reduction, redistricting, and the way $1.8 billion in federal COVID-19 reduction funding can be spent, are only a few of the objects that lawmakers should take care of this session.
“I feel it’ll be a busy session,” Rep. Tom Miles mentioned Monday. Senator Tyler McCaughn and Rep. Randy Speeding mentioned they really feel the identical means.
“The session is more likely to be seen with anticipation and hope because the state is blessed with plentiful coffers,” McCaughn mentioned. “From the tax collections to the federal funds raining down, I count on the legislature to have a tricky row in determining find out how to divide funds. It’s typically mentioned that legislators battle extra in years when funds are plentiful than when the funds are scarce. I hope that we are able to energy by these expectations.”
Speeding mentioned that along with monitoring the American Rescue Plan distributions to verify they’re spent properly, he plans to introduce a invoice that can cut back the retirement for any legislation enforcement to twenty years.
“A newly employed Legislation Enforcement Officer is required to have 30 years minimal to retire because the legislation at the moment stands,” Speeding mentioned. “Altering this could assist in recruitment for our native police departments and sheriffs.”
The District 78 Consultant added, “I wish to see us proceed to lift the pay of our decrease paid state staff so we wouldn’t have a heavy flip over and recruitment drawback. Similar goes for our academics. We have to proceed to lift their pay to get them as much as the Southeastern common. Lastly, Medical Marijuana must be handed, however we want to verify we’re strict in its use and availability.”
Miles mentioned he too can be monitoring how the state goes to be spending the cash coming down from the American Rescue Plan. “That in all probability can be one of many greatest points, how we delegate the portion coming to the state,” Miles mentioned. “The cities and cities have already got a few of the cash and they’re ready to see how the state delegates it earlier than they determine find out how to use theirs. My precedence is doing all we are able to go get extra web service to the agricultural a part of the state. Personally I suppose the largest financial improvement software for rural Mississippi as an entire is to get WiFi in the entire houses.”
The District 75 Consultant added that he’s very focused on how the Legislature will tackle the trainer scarcity. “Schooling as an entire is at all times a problem,” he mentioned. “You’ll hear a variety of speak on the medical marijuana difficulty. We’ll take care of redistricting this yr as effectively. We handed a plan final yr giving a break on the state revenue tax. I feel these issues would be the core of what’s going to be occurring within the Home. It’s going to be a busy session.”
McCaughn listed 5 focused points:
1. In the beginning, the state faces redistricting on the state and federal stage. So far as District 31 goes, it seems that there can be little change to the general construction of the district resulting from a really minimal discount in inhabitants. Although we can not know for positive till the ultimate vote is forged, it’s my hope that we are able to maintain Scott and Newton Counties collectively as an entire together with the remaining inhabitants to return from surrounding counties.
2. Sadly, it seems that the 2 points that won’t go away are COVID and Medical Marijuana. I count on the 2022 Legislature to tackle Medical Marijuana pretty early within the session. As at all times, the Legislature and the Governor should proceed to barter with a purpose to discover a mutually acceptable resolution to the stalemate. Ultimately, I count on that the work of Senator Blackwell and Consultant Yancy will present a worthwhile product for these battling power sickness.
3. As Vice Chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, I’ve been engaged on in depth options to the grain elevator collapse within the Delta. Sadly, the monetary collapse of this enterprise has impacted row crop growers statewide. Senator Youthful and myself proceed to work to strengthen the legal guidelines to ensure that such a travesty by no means occurs once more. Moreover, there may be a lot work going right into a program aimed toward helping farmers who’re impacted by such actions sooner or later.
4. Lt. Governor Hosemann was very gracious in appointing me as Chairman of the Senate Forestry Committee. As such, I’m dedicated to rising this committee right into a formidable advocate for the Forestry Business in East Central Mississippi. East Central Mississippi has the timber, it has the freeway, it has the railroads and it has the employees. All we want now could be to safe the industries to construct vegetation for lumber and secondary timber merchandise in our space. As we transfer ahead, I count on that we are going to look to make websites close to shovel-ready for future enlargement each in East Central Mississippi and throughout our state. Forestry is a prime trade in our state and employs folks statewide.
5. Lastly, I proceed to take a look at issues inside our judicial system and the way we are able to streamline sure areas. I’ll be authoring sure payments to repair loopholes in our system and to make our system as environment friendly as doable.
“Total, I count on that this session will see nice strides made in laws as long as the main focus stays ahead,” the senator concluded.
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