YP – 2020 #msleg wrap up; Medical marijuana, criminal justice reform, rural broadband and DMR without a budget

In the final days of session, a resolution was passed to suspend the rules and allow for a general bill to be brought forward to remove the state flag and create a commission responsible for designing a flag to be voted on by the people in Novembers election.

In just two days the resolution and bill were passed, and the bill was sent to the Governor for his signature and to officially begin the removal of the current flag.

A major piece of business that was not resolved before adjournment was the budget for the Department of Marine Resources. The House and Senate seemed gridlocked on how the budget should work and chose to adjourn without setting one. It is likely the Governor will call them back within the next week in order to set it.

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Speaker Gunn, other lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

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YP – Moak could be ousted as MS Democrat chairman

It is no secret Mississippi Democratic Party faithful are unhappy with the job Bobby Moak has done as Chairman…

In a Tuesday post, Cole addressed his comments “To all who may be interested,” saying he wanted to make his position regarding the state Democratic Party leadership election “crystal clear.”

“I believe it is time to make changes in the leadership, and toward that end I will be casting my vote for Judge Tyree Irving for state Chairman at the upcoming meeting of the state executive committee,” Cole wrote. “I believe Judge Irving will lead us in a new direction toward a better day.  He is the right man to lead us in a re-imagining of our party in these rapidly changing times.”

YP – Legislature Dedicates $275M in Federal COVID-19 Funds to Rural Broadband, Distance Learning Programs

Rural broadband expansion and K-12 distance learning initiatives will receive almost a fourth of the Coronavirus Relief Fund, under a package appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature.  Mississippi received $1.25 billion in unallocated federal aid to soften the pandemic’s health and economic blow to the State.

“This legislation brings connectivity to the world for our children, educators, and parents and is a giant leap forward for our State’s future,” Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann said.

The “COVID-19 Connectivity Act,” Senate Bill 3046 authored by Senator Joel Carter, establishes a grant program to expand service in unserved or underserved areas.  The program makes $65 million available to Mississippi’s 26 member-owned electric cooperatives at a one-to-one match: for every dollar the co-ops spend, they will receive one federal dollar.  Ten million is available for other service providers.

WDAM – Sen. Fillingane discusses bill allowing alcohol possession in Miss.

Sen. Fillingane discusses bill allowing alcohol possession in Miss.

Earlier this week, Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill that will make it legal to possess alcohol in every county in Mississippi.

“Currently, if you purchase wine or beer or alcohol in some format, and you transport it into a dry county, or even if you live in a dry county and you carry it home, currently, that’s a violation of the law,” said District 41 Sen. Joey Fillingane.

House Bill 1087 will now change that.

Sen. Wicker joins in introducing LOCAL Infrastructure Act

Congressman Guest cosponsors bill to protect Mount Rushmore

ROLLING STONE – Mississippi’s Youngest Black Lawmaker on the Fight to Remove the Confederate Flag

State Rep. Jeramey Anderson, D-Escatawpa, center, listens intently to a presentation by Sergio Molina, senior vice president with MTC, a contractor that manages private prisons and United States Job Corps centers, unseen, at a House Corrections Committee hearing, at the Capitol in Jackson, MissCorrections Hearing, Jackson, USA - 12 Feb 2020

Who were the key figures who pushed on this? Are there people that you would want to call out specifically who had an impact?

I don’t. I’m going to forget somebody. But of course the college presidents. If I’m not mistaken, every single one of our major universities no longer fly the state flag, even prior to this past weekend. I’m from the coast, and there is only three or four cities that still fly the state flag. There were a bunch of business entities that refused to fly the state flag. The vote was historical, but how it got there was, in my opinion, way more historical.

WLBT – Pearl River Ave to be renamed ‘Black Lives Matter’ in McComb

Pearl River Ave to be renamed ‘Black Lives Matter’ in McComb

The City of McComb will rename one of the main streets on the east side of town, Black Lives Matter.

The announcement comes during a wave of change across the nation as people protest for equality and justice for the Black community, following the death of George Floyd.

Devante Johnson is the Selectman on the east side of town where Pearl River Ave is being renamed Black Lives Matter.

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – Belhaven scraps former president’s name from building after segregationist views emerge

The board of trustees at Belhaven University announced the renaming of one of its residence halls Friday. The name change comes after an online petition suggested the namesake of the hall and former school president, Guy T. Gillespie, held segregationist views.

Belhaven University is scrapping the name of its former president from a residence hall after a petition revealed past segregationist and white supremacist views of its namesake.

The university announced on Friday it would change Guy T. Gillespie Hall to Lakeview Hall. Gillespie served as president of the private Christian university for 33 years. His name adorned the on-campus 154-bed women’s residence hall next to Belhaven Lake.