Speaker Gunn/House Recommit MDOT Appropriations Bill
Effort will force Special Session, conversation on Mississippi’s ailing roads and bridges
Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives voted unanimously to recommit House Bill 1509, which is the Appropriations bill for the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).
Without an Appropriations bill, MDOT is not reauthorized or appropriated with the necessary funds to run the agency after July 1. This move will force the Governor to call a Special Session.
The House, led by Speaker Philip Gunn, has made numerous attempts to begin addressing Mississippi’s roads and bridges need. The Senate has rejected all of the House’s attempts to provide funds dealing with this subject.
“Maintaining roads and bridges is a fundamental role of government,” said Speaker of the House Philip Gunn. “The House has prioritized roads and bridges time and time again. We have worked tirelessly to find a solution to start addressing the needs of our roads and bridges.
“We have adjusted our offers each time to meet the concerns of the Senate, only to have them dismiss our proposals,” he continued “We have not been presented with any public policy reasons why our ideas are not worthy of discussion. The House is determined to have a conversation about our state’s infrastructure.”
A Special Session will be called by the Governor at his discretion.
Speaker Philip Gunn Press Release