New House Appropriations Chairman John Read posted the following message on Facebook Wednesday morning:

“Today, the Legislature will convene for the opening day of the 2017 session. This session is slated for 90 days. In it, we will likely see many controversial issues arise, and I pray God’s help for us to make wise and prudent decisions that benefit everyday Mississippians.

“I have long approached new legislative sessions in the same fashion as I approach a new year. Both hold new possibilities. Both will reveal challenges. Both will likely hold accomplishments and unfortunately, a failure or two. But regardless of the circumstances, both will provide opportunities for us to grow as individuals and show kindness to our fellow man.

“Happy New Year to my friends and constituents. And Happy Opening Day to my 121 House colleagues.”