Mississippi legislators are home after suspending the 2020 session until at least April 1st but they are still actively discussing the coronavirus pandemic and the response across the state.
Here is what some of the state senators and representatives are saying on social media:
Speaker of the House Philip Gunn talks testing locations on Facebook:
State Rep. Dan Eubanks shared an updated from Speaker Gunn where in it he mentions a conversation with Herb Frierson, Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, about moving the state tax filing deadline until May 15.
According to Gunn, “He thinks that is a good idea. This will give needed relief to our citizens. We have both made a request of the Governor to do that, and hopefully he will. As you may know, the federal government has extended the federal tax deadline until July 15.”
There are also efforts underway to move the Mississippi filing to coincide with the federal deadline of July 15, according to State Sen. Jeremy England‘s comment on a Facebook thread where he states, “…this is being worked on now. I just confirmed. I’ll let you know what I hear.”
State Rep. Jeramey Anderson calls on Gov. Tate Reeves to close beaches, saying on Twitter, “Governor @tatereeves, I strongly urge you to reconsider. Beaches will become a breading ground for this virus if we don’t act now. The infection rate for our young people could increase and turn into an infectious gateway that could impact other vulnerable groups. #COVID19″
State Sen. Joel Carter had a Twitter fight with Jackson Free Press owner Donna Ladd over some of his statements:
Donna you are nothing but a left wing propaganda mouth piece. All you do is insult. Since you have all the answers, I suggest you run for office. Make a real difference rather than further dividing this State.
— Senator Joel R. Carter, Jr. (@JoelCarterMS) March 22, 2020
State Rep. Trey Lamar took to Facebook to discuss the “brain storming’ with other legislative leaders and Gov. Reeves.
State Sen. Brice Wiggins shared a discussion on a possible curfew where coast law enforcement was suggesting residents remain in their homes.