Miss. House speaker sets listening tour in October

Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said Friday that he’ll travel the state this fall to gather ideas for the 2014 legislative session.

The Republican from Clinton said he’s looking for solutions to the state’s problems. He has supported charter schools and has said frequently during the past year that he opposes Medicaid expansion.

The 2014 legislative session runs from early January to early April. Gunn conducted a similar listening tour in 2012, leading into the 2013 session.

“Last year, we received an overwhelmingly positive response,” Gunn said in a news release. “A variety of people from all different backgrounds attended these meetings and shared some of their biggest concerns and opinions regarding core issues most Mississippians grapple with daily. This year, I want to focus on how we can fix those problems.”

Gunn plans to hold meetings Oct. 7 in Clinton, Clarksdale and Olive Branch; Oct. 8 in Oxford, Corinth and Starkville; Oct. 9 in Vicksburg and Natchez; and Oct. 10 in Laurel and Pascagoula.

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