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Mississippi State Senate

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Mississippi State Senate
Mississippi State Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
New session started
January 5, 2016
Leadership
Tate Reeves (R)
Since January 5, 2012
President pro Tempore
Terry C. Burton (R)
Since January 5, 2016
Structure
Seats 52
Mississippi state legislature diagram senate.svg
Political groups
Length of term
4 years
Authority Article IV, Mississippi Constitution
Salary $10,000/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 3, 2015
(52 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2019
(52 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson.jpg
State Senate Chamber
Mississippi State Capitol
Jackson, Mississippi
Website
Mississippi State Legislature

The Mississippi Senate is the upper house of the Mississippi Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Mississippi. The Senate is composed of 52 senators representing an equal amount of constituent districts, with 54,704 people per district (2000 figures). Senators serve four-year terms with no term limits.

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to the state cabinet, commissions and boards.

The Senate convenes in the State Capitol in Jackson.

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EZGOV.COM STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS. JOINT ASSEMBLE ME OF THE MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE IS NOW IN SESSION. PLEASE, LET THE JOINT ASSEMBLY COME TO ORDER. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE HOUSE CLERK TO INTRODUCE THE ESCORT COMMITTEE. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND SPEAKER ANNOUNCE COMMITTEE OF THE SENATORS. ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES DICKON AND WEATHER BE ESCORT THE FIRST LADY TO THE DESK. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR REEVES SPEAKER GUN ANNOUNCE THE COMMITTEE COMPOSED OF SENATORSES. ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES, ESCORT GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT TO THE DESK. ESCORT COMMITTEES PLEASE GO TO RULES ROOM AND RETRIEVE THE GOVERNOR AND THE FIRST LADY. SERGEANT IN ARMS, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED. [APPLAUSE]. [APPLAUSE]. OF THE IT IS MY PLEASURE AT THIS TIME TO INTRODUCE THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF THE STATE CAN COUNTER PART AND CLOSE FRIEND ONE I ENJOY WORKING WITH VERY CLOSELY THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR. [APPLAUSE]. >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. LET ME BEGIN BY INTRODUCING THE HOUSE SPEAKER PROTEM GREG SNOW. ASK I KNOW MY COLLEAGUES IN SENATE ENJOY WORKING WITH MR. SNOW WENT SPEAKER AND WITH THE GOVERNOR. THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE PRESIDENT PRO TEST MISSISSIPPI SENATE, SENATOR TERRY BROWN. NOW, LET'S WELCOME OUR STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED. SECRETARY OF STATE STATE TREASURER, STATE AUDITOR, AND COMMISSIONER COMMERCE. IT IS OKAY TO APPLAUSE NOW. [APPLAUSE]. WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR GREAT SERVICE TO THE CITIZEN OF OUR STATE NOW, PLEASE HELP ME WELCOME THE MEMBERS OF THE MISSISSIPPI SUPREME COURT. AGAIN BE PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL HAVE BEEN INTRODUCED. FIRST, CHIEF JUSTICE BILL WALLER JUNIOR. PROVIDING JUSTICE JUST DICKENS. PRECEDING JUSTICE MICHAEL RANDOLPH. JUSTICE ANN LA MAR. JUSTICE JAMES KITCHENS. JUSTICE DAVID CHANDELIER. JUSTICE GREEN PIERCE. AND OUR NEWEST JUSTICE COLEMAN. THANK YOU, ALL, FOR YOUR SERVICE. [APPLAUSE]. NOW, HELP ME WELCOME OUR STATE COURT OF APPEALS. CHIEF JUDGE JOSEPHLY. PRECEDING JUDGE TIERY IRVING, PRECEDING JUDGE KENNETH GRIFFEN. JUDGE DONNA BARNS, JUDGE DAVID ISSUE, JUDGE LARRY ROBERTS, SKWRAOUBLG VIRGINIA CARLSON, JUDGE JAMES MAXWELL, THE SECOND. JUDGE EUGENE SPAEU JUNIOR. AND JUDGE JAMES. THANK YOU. NOW, LET'S WELCOME OUR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONERERS. OF THE NORTHERN DISTRICT BRENDAN PRESLEY. OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT LIN POSEY. AND OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT LEONARD. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]. AND NOW, HELP ME WELCOME OUR TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER. OF THE NORTHERN DISTRICT MIKE HAS EARTH. OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT DICK PAUL. AND OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COMMISSIONER TOM KING. [APPLAUSE]. OF THE. AT THIS POINT IT IS MY DISTINCT HONOR AND PRIVILEDGE TO INTRODUCE THE FIRST LADY OF MISSISSIPPI, DEBRA BRYANT. [APPLAUSE]. AND NOW, PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI IS HONOR BROWARD PWRAOEU. -- PHIL BRYANT. [APPLAUSE]. >> THANK YOU! THANK YOU. OH, THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU! >> THAT WARMS MY HEART. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR AND SPEAKER. I AM HONORED TO BE HERE TONIGHT FOR YOU AND TO BE WITH THESE TWO YOUNG DYNAMIC LEADERS THAT WILL HELP ME MOVE THIS STATE FORWARD. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER AND THANK YOU MR. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FOR WHAT YOU DO. [APPLAUSE]. NOW, I KNOW SIN WE BEGAN THIS NEW YEAR BOTH OF THESE LEADERS STAND READY TO BRING POSITIVE CHANGE TO MISSISSIPPI. WELL MR. SPEAKER I WILL TELL YOU THERE WAS SOME DEBATE IN MY OFFICE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD REFER TO YOU AS BEING YOUNG. I USED MY EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE TO SAY THAT WAS STAYING IN MY SPACE TO PRELIMINARIES OF LEGISLATURE I WANT TO THANK YOU AND ADVANCE FOR YOUR SERVICE. I KNOW THAT ALL OF YOU WOULD JOIN ME AND THANKING THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI TO SENT US HERE TO REPRESENT THEM. IN GRAND REPUBLIC THE CITIZENS OF THE WHILE WE ARE THE SERVANTS. WE ARE HERE TO WORK ON BEHALF OF OUR FELLOW MISSISSIPPIANS TO SUPPORT PRODUCTIVE POLICIES THAT WILL BRING POSITIVE CHANGE TO OUR STATE. AND I BELIEVE WE ARE READY FOR THE TASK. [APPLAUSE]. NOW, I HOPE WE HAVE ANOTHER GREAT SESSION ALL OF THE WAY UNTIL WE HEAR ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE LATIN TERMS [FOREIGN WORD]. NOW WHEN I WAS HERE ONE OF OUR LATIN TERMS WAS PER DIEM. AND I AM PROUD THAT MISSISSIPPI'S FIRST LADY IS HERE WITH US TONIGHT. DEBRA HAS TRAVELED ACROSS THE STATE, THIS PAST YEAR SHOWING SUPPORT AND RAISING AWARENESS FOR VARIOUS CAUSES AND INSPIRING THOSE AS I MISIAN WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY DISASTERS. NOW I HAVE BEEN HONORED TO WATCH HER RIDES TO HER NEW ROLE WITH GRACE AND CARING THAT'S BLESSED OUR HOME FOR 36 YEARS. SHE IS LIFE MY WORLD AND AN INSPARE VAGUE TO THOSE SHE REACHES AND PLEASE IF WOULD YOU AGAIN, JOIN ME IN THANKING OUR FIRST LADY. THANK YOU, DEBRA. I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE -- I REMEMBER WE WERE IN SMITHVILLE, MISSISSIPPI, AND SHE WAS WORKING SO HARD THE MAY WE WERE CAME UP TO ME AND SAID DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR AGAIN, AND I DON'T KNOW YOU WILL CARRY SMITHVILLE, BUT SHE WILL. AND 1624 ENGLISH POET WROTE NO MAN IS AN ISLAND ENTIRE OF ITSELF. REMINDING US THAT POWER WE HOLD IS A COLLECTIVE GROUP IS GREATER THAN THE POWER OF ANY SINGLE INDIVIDUAL. THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI MADE CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP A YEAR AGO WHEN THEY EXPECT BOLD ACTION. NOW, EACH OF US IS PART OF THIS GREAT STATE. AND EACH OF OF US HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE. TONIGHT LET US FIRST REMEMBER THAT ANY SUCCESS WE MAY ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS BODY MUST BE COMPLETED TOGETHER. AS I TOLD YOU LAST YEAR BEING WE MAY FAIL SEPARATELY, BUT SURELY WE WILL RISE TOGETHER. NOW, THE CONSTITUTION REQUIRES ME FROM TIME TO TIME REPORT THE YOU STATE OF OUR STATE. AND LADD LAST YEAR WAS GREAT YEAR FOR MISSISSIPPI. YOU NEW JOBS WERE CREATED TAX RELIEF WAS GIVEN WORKFORCE TRAINING PLANS WERE ENACTED AND VEINS IN OUR ENERGY AND HEALTH CARE TOOK HOLD. ACROSS MISSISSIPPI PROGRAMMES WERE TAKING SHAPE PROVIDE MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP LOWER THE DROP-OUT RATES. MORE CHILDREN ARE BEING TREATED FOR DISLEAK YEAH DUE TO LAWS PASSED LAST SESSION AND THANKS TO WORK OF THIS LEGISLATURE, THE DEPARTMENT HE HAD YOU DO INDICATION CHANGED COMPLICATED FORMULA FOR RANKING OUR SCHOOLS TO A SIMPLE ONE. A THROUGH F AND PASSAGE CHILD PROTECTION ACT IS GIVE OBJECT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS MORE TOOLS TO BRING CHILD PREDATORS TO JUSTICE. N 212 YOU HELPED REDUCE ONE OF MOST BUSINESS-FRIENDLY LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS IN MODERN HISTORY, AND I WILL -- I WANT TO THANK YOU. THEREFORE I AM PROUD TO STAND HERE ABLE TO REPORT THAT STATE OF OUR STATE IS STRONG. [APPLAUSE]. >> NOW I WOULD BE REMISS IN NOT RECOGNIZING THOSE THAT HAVE SUPPORTED ME. MY CHILDREN KATIE AND PATRICK, AND SON IN LAW STEVEN ARE HERE WITH US. GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR YOUR OLD DAD. MY LAST JANUARY, I TOLD YOU MY FIRST JOB WAS TO MAKE SURE EVERY MAYSIAN WHO WANT A JOB HAS ONE. WE HAVE MADE GREAT IMPROVEMENTS. AND WITH HELP OF THE AS I MISDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, WE GREW OUR EXISTING BUSINESSES AND BROUGHT NEW WORLD-CLASS COMPANIES TO OUR STATE. AND AS GOVERNOR I AM SO PROUD OF OUR STATE WHEN A NEW BUSINESS OPENS ITS DOORS OR AN EXISTING BUSINESS ANNOUNCES AN EXPANSION. THOSE ARE MOMENTS THAT ARE A TESTAMENT TO OUR PEOPLE. AND COMMITMENT TO JOB CREATION. LAST YEAR, MISSISSIPPI ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS RESULTED IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEARLY 2 -- I AM SORRY 2700 NEW JOBS. 22,000 -- 22,700. I WILL GET THIS RIGHT IN A MINUTE. 2,700 NEW JOHN! SEE, THIS SUCCESS REPRESENTS A PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT OF MORE THAN HALF OF A BILLION DOLLARS. LET ME SHARE FEW 50 ANY ONINVESTMENT TO CONSTRUCT A SECOND JET ENGINE AT THE SPACE CENTER THEY CREATED 35 NEWS JOBS. HIGH TECH JOB ROSE ROEULS ARE INTERGRATE PART OF THE MISSISSIPPI'S AEROSPACE INDUSTRY. AND THEY CONTINUE TO DEVELOP RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY TO FURTHER THE EXPLORATION OF SPACE. AND I REMEMBER IT HAS BEEN SAID MAN MAY ONE DAY GO TO MARS BUT HE WILL HAVE TO PASS THROUGH HANCOCK COUNTY TO GET THERE. OPENING AND MEDICAL PRODUCT DISTRIBUTION FACILITY IN SOUTH HAVEN THAT'S CREATING 10 NEW JOBS MORE THAN QUARTER OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION USES THIS GLOBAL COMPANY'S PRODUCT EVERY DAY. THEY ARE WORKING TO BUILD NEW WAREHOUSE FACILITY AND ALL CORN COUNTY. THIS PROJECT REPRESENTS A FRY SPRAT SECTOR OF MORE THAN 30 MILLION DOLLARS IN CAL PILLAR WILL CREATE 35 ADDITIONAL JOBS IN THAT NEW FACILITY. A FINLAND-BASED PROCESS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY, THAT PLOWS MORE THAN 30,000 PEOPLE WORLD WIDE, ANNOUNCED PLANS TO FURTHER INVEST IN ITS OPERATION. THIS COMPANY ADDING, APPROXIMATELY, 40 JOBS IN INVESTING 4 MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS MISSISSIPPI EXPANSION. NEESEN IN 2000 IF INHE IS PRODUCTION ADDth CENTRAL SENTRA LINE AND 1,000 NEW JOBS TO ITS CANTON FACILITY. JUST TWO WEEK AGO, JUST TWO WEEKS AGO, NISSAN CELEBRATED 10 YEARS OF MANUFACTURERING EXCELLENCE IN MISSISSIPPI. AND ANNOUNCED IT WOULD BUILD YET ANOTHER MODEL IN THIS STATE, THE MORANO CROSS OVER. THEY ARE ALSO COMPANIES CREATING JOBS IN MISSISSIPPI WHOSE NAME MAY NOT BE RECOGNIZABLE BUT, O ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT IN OUR ECONOMIC THESE BUSINESS ARE GLOBAL LEADERS IN THEIR INDUSTRIES. FOR EXAMPLE, WARNER LEADING POWER TRAIN TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURER ANNOUNCED AN EXPANSION IN WATER SALE WILL SEE WATER VALLEY AND CREATION OF 50 NEW JOBS. H IS BOARD THIRD EXPANSION IN MISSISSIPPI IN TWO YEARS. ROCKEL LEADING MANUFACTURER OF STONE WALL INSTEW LAYING PRODUCT INVESTING 130 MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD ITS FIRST U.S. MANUFACTURERING PLANT WHICH WILL CREATE 150 JOBS IN MARSHAL COUNTY. FOLEY PRODUCT A MANUFACTURER OF CONCRETE COMPONENTS ANNOUNCED NEW FACILITY AND AN INVESTMENT OF 7 MILLION DOLLARS IN PRINTERS THERE CREATE 40 JOBS. AGAIN ATOEUPBLG 1 MILLION DOLLARS ITS 7TH, SPANS IN TWO CREATING A 25 NEW YEARS TWO WEEKS AGO, COMPONENTS MANUFACTURER AURORA FLIGHT SIGNS ANNOUNCED 17 MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION CREATING 250 NEW JOBS IN COLOMBUS. BIOMASS ANNOUNCED IT WOULD CONSTRUCT NEW WOOD PELLET PRODUCTION FACILITY IN ATKPWHROU MISSISSIPPI. IT IS MISSISSIPPI MADE PELLETS FUEL THE COMPANY'S POWER PLANTS AND U.K.. THE PROJECT WILLCLY EIGHT 45 JOBS AND REPRESENT AN INVESTMENT OF MORE THAN 80 MILLION DOLLARS BY THE COMPANY. ONE WEEK AGO WE CUT THE RIBBON ON COMFORT REVOLUTION'S NEW FURNITURE MANUFACTURERING FACILITY IN. THE COMPANY IS CREATING 200 NEW JOBS. WHILE I AM NAMED ONLY A FEW OF SOME OF THE HE LARGEL PROJECT HERE IN MISSISSIPPI, EFFORT BY N DAWES HELP ITS FANS ROLE BUSINESS GO ON EVERY DAY. CONTRACT MANUFACTURER, OF LARGE PRESSURE SKRESEL HEADQUARTERS IN HOLLOW SPRINGS MISSISSIPPI, HEADQUARTERED IN HOLLY SPRINGS, IS INVESTING JUST OVER MILLION DOLLARS TO EXPAND. AND CREATE 50 NEW JOBS THERE. TWO -- -- BLAIN, AND ANNOUNCED NEW PARTNERSHIP TO MANUFACTURER SAND USED IN OIL AND GAS RECOVERY BLAIN INVESTED 7 MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS CANADIAN PARTNER INVESTED 27 MILLION IN ITS NEW MISSISSIPPI OPERATION. TOGETHER, THESE COMPANIES CREATED 60 NEW ENERGY-RELATED JOBS. OXFORD BASED MORTGAGE EXPANSION INTO INTERNATIONAL MARKETS, WHICH IS CREATING 10 NEW JOBS. THE COMPANY WAS RECENTLY NAMED -- THIS MAYS COMPANY WAS NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 FINANCIAL TECH COMPANIES IN THE WORLD. C.T. HALL. MARINE HEAD AND THE THE IN MISSISSIPPI CONSTRUCTING SHIP REPAIR FACILITY THAT WOULD GENERATE 400 NEW JOCKS. CURRENTLY COMPANY CURRENTLY PLOWS 2,000 PEOPLE. IT IS MISSISSIPPI SHIPYARD. I AM PLEASED TONIGHT TO MENTION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ANNOUNCEMENT. AND ANNOUNCEMENT HERE TONIGHT, ASHLEY FURNITURE, ONE LARGEST FURNITURE MANUFACTURERS IN THE WORLD, AND A LEADING EMPLOYER IN OUR STATE, IS EXPANDING ITS MISSISSIPPI OPERATIONS. ASHLEY TURN NATURE HAS HAD A MANUFACTURERING PRESENCE IN MISSISSIPPI SINCE 1994. AND THIS WORLD-CLASS COMPANY HAS CONTINUED TO INVEST IN ITS MISSISSIPPI OPERATIONS AND IN OUR PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS. TODAY, THE COMPANY OPERATES MANUFACTURERING FACILITIES IN RIPLY THAT PLOY MORE THAN 30,000 PEOPLE. 2340UZ PEOPLE WITH THIS EXPANSION, WE WITH THIS EXPANSION, ASHLEY WILL SOON BE OPENING A MATTRESS MANUFACTURERING AND COSTUME SERVICE CENTER IN BARONA WHICH WILL CREATE ANOTHER 60 JOBS. NOW JOINING US TONIGHT IS MR. ARE ON, CHAIRMAN AND COOWNER OF THE ASHLEY FURNITURE. RON, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR BELIEF IN MISSISSIPPI. RON YOU GOT A BIGGER ROUND OF APPLAUSE THAN I DID. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MANY YEARS OF SUCCESS FOR ASHLEY FURNITURE IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. NOW I ASCRIBE -- DESCRIBE THESE PROJECT TO YOU SO CAN I SEE AT ONES WHAT I SEE EVERY DAY AS GOVERNOR. IN MAKING CONTACT WITH BY SELECTION. THE BEGINNING COMPETITIVE RECRUITMENT PROCESS. PUTTING DEAL TOGETHER. AND LANDING A BUSINESS WIN. BUT ALL OF THE WORK OUR SISTER STATES HAVE RECENTLY PUT INTO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WE MUST SUPPORT THE CRITICAL ROLE OF M.D. A.. THAT'S PLEASE, PLEASE! TONIGHT I CALL ON YOU MAKE SURE THE WORLD KNOWS MISSISSIPPI WILL NOT TAKE BACK SEAT TO ANY ONE WHEN IT COMES TO ATTRACTING JOBS. [APPLAUSE]. IN FALL OF THIS YEAR, MISSISSIPPI WILL BE THE HOST OF THE UNITED STATES SOUTHEASTERN ASSOCIATION. AND JAPAN ASSOCIATION MEETING ON OUR GULF COURT. OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH JAB NEAT COMPANIES THAT DO BUSINESS IN OUR STATE LIKE TOYOTA AND NISSAN IS STRONG. HOSTING WHAT WE CALL A IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THAT PARTNERSHIP FOR THE COMPANY IN ATTENDANCE. I AM HONORED HAVE HERE WITH US TONIGHT OUR AMERICAN CHAIRMAN OF ZEUSS JAPAN MR. WILLIAM YATES PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY BASED IN PHILADELPHIA MISSISSIPPI. JOIN ME IN WELCOMING HIM. THANK YOU, WILLIAM. THROUGH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS I GET CHANCE TO MEET BUSINESS LEADERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THEY CONTINUALLY EXPRESS ADMIRATION FOR THE CALL FIVE YOU ARE O PEOPLE AND OUR WORKFORCE. NOW THIS SESSION THERE IS ONE DEFINITIVE WAY WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT OUR WORKFORCE WILL REMAIN COMPETITIVE. WE MUST IMPROVE OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. AFTER THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION LAST YEAR, I FORMED A WORKING GROUP OF EDUCATORS AT ALL LEVELS TO IDENTIFY THE CORE PROBLEM MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. AND DEVELOP REALISTIC RECOMMENDATION FOR IMPROVEMENT. STATISTICS ARE TROUBLE. STATE WAIT FIGURES SHOW THAT NEARLY 17% OF MISSISSIPPI STUDENTS THAT BEGIN HIGH SCHOOL, NEVER GRADUATE. WORSE, 22 SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE HAVE DROP-OUT RATE OF 25% OR MORE. WHAT MISSISSIPPI THIRD GRADERS ARE NOT PROFICIENT AT READING. ONE-HALF OF MISSISSIPPI THIRD GRADERS ARE NOT PROFICIENT AT READING. MORE THAN 2 THIRDS OF OUR FOURTH GRADERS AND 8TH GREATERS ALSO BEHIND IN READING, AND MISSISSIPPI'S MATH ATTAINMENTS ARE EQUALLY DISMAL. THESE FACTS JUST CAN'T BE IGNORED. OR EXPLAINED WAY BY CONCLUDING WE JUST AREN'T SUSPENSIONING ENOUGH MONEY PUBLIC EDUCATION. MAKE WHO MISTAKE THESE ALARMING NUMBERS ARE EVIDENCE OF CRISIS IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. AND WE ARE TIED DIRECTLY AND ARE TIED, DIRECTLY TO OUR DROP DROP-OUT RATE. AND OUR POVERTY RATES, AND MORE. OUR VERY ECONOMIC STABILITY AS STATE THREATENED I IF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM IS NOT IMPROVED. OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM SPENT MORE THAN 35 MILLION DOLLARS LAST YEAR ON THE REMIDATION, AND ONLY 11% OF MISSISSIPPI STUDENT WHO TAKE THE ACC, MET ALL OF ITS MARKS FOR COLLEGE READINESS. WE MUST MAKE REFORMS NOW. SO THAT OUR CITIZEN CAN BE PRO DOCUMENTSIVE, IN CONTRIBUTION TO OUR REAL I ADMINISTRATION ISSUED SET POLICIES TO IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS. KNOWN AS EDUCATION WORKS THESE MEASURES ADDRESS OTHER MOST PRESSING NEEDS. ONE OF THE POLICIES MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD ME SPEAKING IT WHAT I CALL THE THIRD GRADE GATE. THAT'S SIMPLY MEAN WE WOULD WILL END SOCIAL PROMOTION STUDENTS, TO WHO CANNOT READ AT THIRD GRADE LEVEL. LET'S TAKE ADDITIONAL TIME TO INSURE STUDENT HAVE QUARTER LITERACY SCHOOLS WILL PREPARE THEM FOR SUCCESS LATER GRADES. I CALL ON YOU TO ENACT THIS IMPORTANT REFORM THIS YEAR. ALSO, I WOULD ALSO ASK YOU TO FUND 15 MILLION DOLLARS TO ASSIST LITERACY IMPROVEMENT EFFORT. THESE FUND WILL HELP US TRAIN, TEACHERS BETTER ON TEST PRACTICE. AND READING AND INSTRUCTIONS ALSO HELP PROVIDE READING INTERVENTIONIST, THAT STRUGGLE THIRD GRADERS AND OTHER STUDENTS. OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM, DOES A BETTER JOB EARLY ON MAKING SURE THAT STUDENT CAN READ ON GRADE LEVEL WHEN WE DO THAT. WHEN WE MAKE SURE THOSE STUDENTS CAN READ EARLY ON. ON THEIR GRADE LEVEL, AND WE KNOW REMIDATION COSTS WILL DECLINE. I ALSO DISCUSSED PAPER FOR ANSWER OR MERIT PAY FOR YOUR TEACHERS. NOW I BELIEVE WE YOU HAD HE WRAEURD BEST TEACH BEERS COMPENSATION. LET ME BE CLEAR. THANK YOU. LET ME BE VERY CLEAR NO TEACHER WILL BE LOSE ANY SALARY. LA MAR -- FOUR DISTRICT HAVE AGREED TO PILOT THIS PROGRAM. AND RESULTS, WILL BE HELP IMPLEMENT EVALUATIONS USING FRAMEWORK TO ESTABLISHED BY THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. REWARDING OUR BEST TEACHERS WITH HIGHER PAY IS A BEST WAY TO KEEP GREAT TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS. AND ADDITION, TO KEEPING AND REWARDING GREAT CLASSROOM TEACHERS, WE MUST RAISE THE BAR FOR NEW TEACHERS. THE BILL I SUBMITTED RAISES TRENT TRANS STAND SCARED FOR EDUCATION PROGRAM. UNDER THIS ACT, IS A STUDENT, MUST HAVE A 21 ACP SCORE AND A MINIMUM GPA OF 3.0 TO BECOME A TEACHER. NOW ANY THING LESS FOR OUR STUDENTS? WE CAN ALSO INCENTIVIZE THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST STUDENTS TO BE SCHOOLTEACHERS. BY PAYING FOR THEM TO ATTEND INSTATE COLLEGE. I AM ASKING FOR YOU FUND 20 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE A 28 ACP SCORE AND 3.5 GPA, TO COMMIT TO TEACHING, IN MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR FIVE YEARS. [APPLAUSE]. WHEN COMES TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION EARLY WE MUST BE REALISTIC. I BELIEVE THAT PARENT, HAVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CHILD'S EARLY LEARNING. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, MANY HAVE ABANDONED THAT DUTY. TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WE SHOULD WORK WITHIN EXISTING FRAMEWORK WITH CHILD CARE CENTER THROUGH OUT THE STATE, AND CONTINUE TO ASSIST AND IMPROVING THEIR EFFORTS BY WORKING WITH SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM NOW I AM ASKING YOU TO FUND 3 MILLION DOLLARS TO CONTINUE THE LITERACY RESEARCH BUILDING BLOCKS, THAT'S SO HE WOULD CAN HELP MAKE SURE CHILDREN BEGIN SCHOOL READY TO LEARN. BEFORE TOO LONG, A FAMILY STREET ADDRESS LOCKED THEM BEHIND WALL INTO ONE SCHOOL. WHAT IF THAT SCHOOL WHY FAILING? THAT WHAT DOES PARENT HAVE? AS OF TODAY, THE ANSWER IS NONE. TONIGHT I AM CALLING ON YOU TO CHANGE THAT. WHEN DISTRICT LISTEN CLOSELY, PLEASE WHEN DISTRICTS HAVE CHOOSE TO ACCEPT STUDENTS FROM OTHER ATTENDANCE ZONES WE SHOULD ALLOW THEM TO DO SO. OPEN ENROLLMENT WILL CREATE COMPETITION AND OFFER FREEDOM FOR RESTRICTIONS THAT KEEP CHILDREN IN FAILING SCHOOLS. THIS MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURES LET US TEAR DOWN THOSE WALLS. I AM ASKING YOU TO PASS AN FACT THAT WILL CREATE PRIVATELY FUNDED OPPORTUNITIES COLLARSHIPS SO STUDENTS WHO ARE BELOW 250% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL AND LIVE IN D AND F SCHOOL DISTRICTS, AND HAVE A CHANCE TO TAKE RESOURCES AND GO ELSEWHERE. AND TONIGHT LET US COMMIT OURSELVES TO GIVE PARENTS A CHOICE SO CHILDREN CAN HAVE A CHANCE. NOW, WE SHOULD ALSO HAVE A WORKABLE SUCCESSFUL CHARTER SCHOOL ACT THAT PROVIDES CHOICES FOR PARENTS. MORE THAN 40 OTHER STATES HAVE THIS OPTION. SHOULD WE ALLOW SUCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR OWN CHILDREN? NOW I SAW SENATE AND HOUSE FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE. WHEN GOOD CHARTER SCHOOL BILL REACHES MY DECKS I INTEND TO SIGN IT. [APPLAUSE]. THANK YOU. I AM ALSO ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT DROP-OUT PRE VENGE PROGRAM LIKE JOBS FOR MISSISSIPPI GRADUATES. NATIONALER IS STPEU INDICATION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND ENROLLED NO WORKFORCE TRAINING. AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT TEACH FOR AMERICA AND THE MISSISSIPPI TEACHER COURT. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN REMINDED US IN HIS 1982 STATE OF UNION OF THE COUNTLESS -- COUNTED AMONG THOSE HEROS ARE PARENT WORKED SO HARD TO BRING MORE OPPORTUNITIES AND A BETTER LIFE TO THEIR CHILDREN. IT IS FOR THESE QUIET HERO THAT WE STRIVE. WE MUST MAKE AVAILABLE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED. NO LONGER SHOULD WE TIGHTLY GRIP THE KEY TO GATE TRAPS CHILDREN IN POORLY-PERFORMING SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT. THAT KEY SHOULD BE FREELY OFFERED. TONIGHT, I URGE YOU TO PROTECT MISSISSIPPI ECONOMIC FUTURE BY ENACTING THE BOLD REFORMS. [APPLAUSE]. IT IS EMPAIRIVE THAT WE REMEMBER WHAT OTHERS HAVE ALSO KNOWN. THE PATH TO MISSISSIPPI ECONOMIC SUCCESS MUST PASS THROUGH THE SCHOOL HOUSE DOOR. I AM HONOURED THAT BOTH CHAIRMAN OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE HAVE AGREED TO AUTHOR EDUCATION WORKS ACT FOR 2013. AND I THANK SENATOR GRAY AND REPRESENTATIVE JON MOORE FOR THEIR COURAGE AND SUPPORT. JUST FAILURE AND PUBLIC EDUCATION CAN THREATEN OUR ECONOMIC STABILITY SO, TOO CAN OVERREACHING FEDERAL MANDATE. MISSISSIPPI IS FACED WITH SHOULDERING COST OF THE SO-CALLED AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR SOME CALL IT OBAMACARE. THE MANY OF THESE COSTS WILL BE THRUST UPON US WITHOUT OUR CONSENT. HOWEVER, SUPREME COURT SAID WE DO RESERVE RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHETHER OR NOT WE EXPAND MEDICAID. LET ME BE CLEAR. ANY LAW THAT WILL ADD 300,000 MISSISSIPPIAN TO FEDERAL ENTITLEMENT PROGRAM HARSH PA LIE FUND BY STATE WILL EITHER RESULT HUGE TAX INCREASE OR DRASTIC CUTS EDUCATION PUBLIC SAFETY JOB CREATION AND OTHER BUDGETS. IT WILL LEAVE OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WITH A BALLOONING FEDERAL DEBT. THE RESEARCH COMPANY MILMAN ANALYZED AFFORDABLE CARE ABILITY. AND POTENTIAL IMPACT ON MISSISSIPPI. THEY DETERMINED THAT IF MISSISSIPPI FULLY EXPANDS MEDICAID, OUR STATE WILL SPEND MORE THAN 12 BILLION DOLLARS ON THE PROGRAM BETWEEN 2014 AND 2020. THESE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING. NOW, INSTEAD OF ASSUME MORE HUGE COSTS WE CANNOT AFFORD, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE SPEND OUR TIME AND EFFORT IN FINDING GOOD JOBS FOR ALL MISSISSIPPIANS. WE SHOULD BE COMPASSIONATE BY LOWER MEDICAID POPULATIONS THROUGH ECONOMIC TKPWROERBGTS AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. ACCESS PRIVATE SECTOR HEALTH CARE. APPLAUSE. NOW THE HEALTH -- FURTHER OUR MEDICAL INDUSTRY AND TO IDENTIFY WAYS TO IMPROVE OUR PERSONAL HEALTH TO DO BOTH, I AM PLOWSED TO ANNOUNCE, TONIGHT, THE FOUR PLACE OF THE MISSISSIPPI HEALTH CARE SOLUTIONS INSTITUTE. ABOUT DR. CLAY HAYES RESPECTED CARED OLDGIST FOREMAN CHAIRMAN JACKSON AREA CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP WILL SERVE AS THE FIRST CHAIR OF THIS NON GOVERNMENT NON PROFIT GROUP. THIS INSTITUTE WILL SERVE AS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, IF YOU WILL OF HEALTH CARE. BRINGING OUR MEDICAL INDUSTRY TOGETHER IN SUPPORTING HEALTH CARE AS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER IN OUR PLEASE JOIN ME THANKING DR. CLAY HEYS FOR ASSUMING THIS CRITICAL RESPONSIBILITY. THANK YOU, DR. HAYS. ONE ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE STEP WE MUST TAKE IS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF DOCTORS IN MISSISSIPPI. WE KNOW THAT PHYSICIAN CREATED ABOUT 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC IMPACT MINUTE THEY ENTER THEIR COMMUNITIES. THIS INCLUDES PEOPLE THEY HIGHER AND EQUIPMENT, AND SUPPLIES THEY BUY RUN THEIR OFFICES. HAVE WHO WILL CREATE BETTER HEALTH CARE ACCESS FOR ALL OF MISSISSIPPIANS. THEY ARE BY LOWER COST OF HEALTH CARE. JUST THIS MORNING I JOINED THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MEDICAL CENTER TOO BREAK GROUND ON NEW EXPANSION SCHOOL OF PHEFD CIN. WITH ADDITION OF NEW CLASSROOMS, AND LABORATORYS EACH INCOMING CLASS AND MEDICAL STUDENT WILL INCREASE MORE THAN 160. THIS MEANS MISSISSIPPI WILL GRADUATE MORE DOCTORS. THE UNIVERSITY ESTIMATES THAT BY 2025, AND AN EXPAND MEDICAL SCHOOL WILL PRODUCE 1,000 NEW PHYSICIANS THAT'S MORE THAN 19,000 NEW JOBS. NOW, I -- I WILL ASK THE LEGISLATURE TO CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF THIS MEDICAL SCHOOL ON OUR STATE. AND PLEASE SUPPORT ITS GROWTH. WE SHOULD ALSO LOOK TO OUR ENERGY SECTOR FOR GROWTH AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES. MISSISSIPPI IS A LEADER IN MANY ENERGY-RELATED POLL SEES AND INDUSTRY PRACTICES. BY SUPPORTING ENERGY DEVELOPMENT AND INVESTMENT WE CAN BRING MORE JOBS TO OUR RESIDENTS. AS CHAIR OF THE SOUTHERN STATE ENERGY BOARD, I WILL WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE MISSISSIPPI IS THE POSITIONED AS LEADER IN THE ENERGY ECONOMY OF OF THE FUTURE. AS I KNOW UNDERSTAND. MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS CLIMATE PLAYS AN CRITICAL ROLE IN TRACKING NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND NEW JOBS FOR OUR STATE. AND MY EXECUTIVE BUDGET RECOMMENDATION PROPOSE A SMALL BUSINESS TAX RELIEF MEASURE THAT WILL FURTHER STABLIZE OUR BUSINESS CLIMATE. BY EACH JUNE CERTAIN SMALL EMPLOYERS IN THE STATE ARE REQUIRED TO FREE PAY PORTION OF THEIR TACKS. THIS IS KNOWN AS THE DELAY ACCELERATED TAX PAYMENT. NAME ONLY GOVERNOR COULD CREATE. DELAYED ACCELERATED TAX PAYMENT. AND THIS MOVE PUTS A LARGE BURDEN ON OUR STATE'S JOB CREATORS. MY BUDGET PROPOSES RELIEVE FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS AND I URGE THE LEGISLATURE TO SUPPORT IT. NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES JOINS ME IN CAUSE AND I HOPE YOU WILL JOINS. LAST YEAR TOOK STEPS TO PROTECT MISSISSIPPI'S FINANCIAL STABILITY. YOU WERE VERY RESPONSIVE TO MY WEEST SEND NO MORE THAN 98% OF THE GENERAL FUND REVENUE AND I MADE THE SAME REQUEST THIS YEAR AND ASKED YOU TO JOIN ME IN THIS COMMIT TO ENTER THE TO SAVING THAT I KNOW YOU WILL. I ALSO ASKED YOU TO HEED GUIDANCE FROM MY AND SUPPORT THE CENTRAL TPUFPBGS OUR GOVERNMENT. STAINED THIS DIFFICULT TO DECISIONS REQUIRE WHEN ALLOCATING LIMITED RESOURCES FOR MULTIPLE THE I SUBMIT GOVERNOR. AND AS LIEUTENANTS GOVERNOR, I SERVED DURING THE BEGINNING OF THE WORST FINANCIAL CRISIS IN A DECADE. WE HAD TO MAKE TOUGH CHOICES TO BUT MORE THAN 100 MILLION DOLLARS IN STATE GOVERNMENT IN FOUR YEARS. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE PROBABLY PUBLIC SAFE TOO ECONOMIC ARE IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS OF OUR GOVERNMENT. PUBLIC SAFETY ESSENTIAL. AND THEY SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. NOW I WILL ACCEPT THAT ANY AGENCY CAN DO A BETTER JOB OF MANAGE THEIR RESOURCES BELIEVE ME. I CAN CONTINUALLY CHALLENGE MY EXUSIVE AGENCIES TO DO JUST THAT. I ESPECIALLY ASK IF YOU WILL, IF YOU WILL WORK WITH BEST OF YOUR ABILITY WITH MY NEW OUR NEW OUR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MDA MR. BRENT CHRIS JOHNSON TO SUPPORT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS RECRUITMENT, AND TOURISM IN MAYS. BRENT THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. BOND BY THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RISK AND MANY CASES GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE LIVES SOMEONE ELSE. HUMAN ACTS OF SELF LESSNESS. OR WHAT SUSTAINED DIE FINE OUR GREAT NATION. AS MISSISSIPPIAN ONE COULD SAY OUR MOST ACTIVE SECURITY THREAT IS THE STRIKE OF SECTOR WEATHER. AND LAST YEAR LYING MANY YEARS PRAIRIE MIND US SUDDEN DANGER THAT SEVERE WEATHER CAN BRING. THIS IS MISSISSIPPI SUFFERED IMPACT OF THE HURRICANE ISAAC JUST A FEW SHORT MONTHS AGO. THIS STORM DESTROYED HOME THREATENED DAMNS AND FLOODED COMMUNITIES. FAMILIES WERE RESCUED FROM THE RISING FLOODWATERS BY SWIFT WATER BOAT TEAMS. I AM PROUD TO HAVE PERSONALLY WITNESSED BRAVERY OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO MISSISSIPPI NATIONAL GUARD, TO WILD LIFE FISHERIES AND PARKS. AND DEPARTMENT PUBLIC SAFETY AND MANY LOCAL RESPONSE AGENCIES. IN ALL, NEARLY00 MISSISSIPPIAN OWE THEIR LIVES TO THE DARING RESCUES OF THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THANKING THESE MISSISSIPPIIAN HEROS. [APPLAUSE]. SO NOW WE AND THIS GOVERNMENT AT THIS PLACE AND WE WILL TIME HAVE BEGUN OUR SECOND YEAR OF SERVICE. NOW I KNOW EACH OF YOU UNDERSTAND THAT NOTHING WHICH TRULY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IS EVER ACHIEVED ALONE. IS YOUR GOVERNOR I STAND READY TO LEAD OUR STATE FORWARD. I HAVE ASKED YOU TO CONSIDER SOME BOLD INITIATIVES TONIGHT. AND I AM UNDER NO ILLUSION THAT ACCOMPLISHING THEM WILL BE EASY. BUT PREPARE PARAPHRASE JON F. KENNEDY, WE DO NOT ATTEST THESE THINGS BECAUSE THEY ARIZE. BUT BECAUSE THEY ARE HARD AND WE ARE WILLING TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE. I KNOW THAT ALL OF US SHARE GOOD INTENTIONS, AND GREAT HOPES FOR OUR MUTUAL SUCCESS. I AM REMINDED OF CHAPTER ONE VERSE 18 IN BOOK OF ISAIAH WHERE THE PROVE AT THE TIME WRITES, PROPHET WRITES. LET US REACH THEM TOGETHER. HERE MY PLEDGE TO YOU. WORK IN GOOD FAITH WITH ME ON ITEM BOTH EASY AND HARD AND I WILL PLEDGE TO YOU TO DO THE SAME. WE ARE STATE OF GREAT PEOPLE. WE ARE CONFIDENT, AND PURSUING A PROMISING FUTURE. REMEMBER, NO MAN IS AN ISLAND BITESSELF. WE MUST WORK TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE BIG THINGS AND TOGETHER WE WILL. GOD BLESS EACH OF YOU. GOD BLESS MISSISSIPPI. WE AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THANK YOU. [CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]. THANK YOU GOVERNOR BRYANT A WE COME TO CLOSE, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE AGAIN FROM PEARL RIVER, DON TO DISSOLVE JOINT SESSION. I MOVE THIS SUE PWHRAOEPL BE DESOLLED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU HAVE HEARD THE MOTION FROM THE GE GENTLEMAN FROM PEARL RIVER. THIS JOINT SUE PWHRAOEPL ALTHOUGH IN FAVOR SAY I. AND ALL SAY NO. JOINT ASSEMBLY NOW DISSOLVED. NOW DIGITAL RESPONSE. GOOD EVENING. I AM BRIAN CLARK REPRESENTATIVE HOUSE DISTRICT FOR 47. REPRESENTING. IT IS HONOR GIVE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE TO GOVERNOR BRYANT ON BEHALF HALF MY DISTRICT AND MY FELLOW DEMOCRATICS LEGISLATURES, AND THE MISSISSIPPI DEMOCRATIC PARTY. AS YOUNG BOY TRAVELING COP TOM WITH MY FATHER I LEARNED SERVICE DIFFERENT LIVES OF OTHERS. THIS YEAR WE LOST THREE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE WHO HAVE BEEN SERVICE HERE. I WILL STATE GREAT SENATOR BENNIE TURNER SENATOR ALEX SKPHAOUPB REPRESENTATIVE DAVID. NOW, WE MUST HONOR LEGACY BY RECOMMITTING OURSELVES TO MAKING MISSISSIPPI BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF OUR FAMILIES. IT IS A SAD TRUTH THAT AT TIME WHEN SO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES ARE STRUGGLING, WITH SERIOUS KITCHEN TABLE ISSUES SUCH AS PAYING BILLS, SAVING FOR COLLEGE AND FINDING WORK, MISSISSIPPI REPUBLICAN FIXED ON AGENDA AIMED DEEP EGG-DIVISION BETWEEN US, RATHER CALLING TO COMMON PURPOSE. IF MISSISSIPPI TO ACHIEVE THIS POTENTIAL, WE MUST STOP PLAYING POLITICAL GAMES AND PUT A PROPER FOCUS ON JOB CREATION. THOSE SAME REPUBLICAN WHO CAST CRITICAL EYE ON THE NATIONAL DEBT, AND EMPLOYMENT RATE DURING LAST YEAR'S ELECTION HAVE FORGOTTEN. THIS WOULD MUST TAKE CARE OF HOME FIRST. 8.6 WHO HAVE STOPPED LOOKING FOR WORK, MISSISSIPPI UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS HIGHER THAN NATIONAL AVERAGE. INSTEAD OF FIGHTING TO PUT MISSISSIPPIAN BACK TO WORK WE SPENT FAR TOO MUCH TIME, ON PAIR POLITIC APP ISSUES THAT HAVE MADE IT HARDER ON OUR WORKERS. THERE SIMPLE REASON THAT MISSISSIPPI HAS NOT SEEN ECONOMIC GROWTH UNDER THE NEW REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP. THEY DON'T HAVE A JOB PLAN. WE CAN DO BETTER. AND AS DEMOCRATIC AND LEGISLATURE, ARE CHITTED TO AGENDA THAT CREATES JOBS BY GIVING SMALL BUSINESSES TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED AND BY PUTTING MISSISSIPPIAN BACK TO WORK BUILDING OUR STATE INFRASTRUCTURE. SUCCESSFUL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN MUST INCLUDE UTILIZING BOTH OF THE APPROPRIATATION AND BONDING PROCESS PROVIDE FUNDS FOR ROADS BRIDGES, AND BY COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES, FOR REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS. AND HELP US OUR SMALL CITIES AND COUNTIES WHO ARE FILL TPAOELING PRESSURE OF A SLOW CON. THE TRUTH IS SMALL BUSINESSES RELY ON THESE PROGRAMMES TO KEEP CURRENT EMPLOYEES ON THE PAYROLL. AND GROW THEIR BUSINESS. AND GOOD NEWS IS, WE CAN MEET ALL OF THESE GOALS WITHOUT RAISING ANY TAXES. THANK YOU YEARS REPONSIBLE BUDGETING WE HAVE MORE THAN 19 MILLION DOLLARS UNACCOUNTED FOR GOVERNOR BRYANT'S BUDGET. THESE DOLLARS REPRESENT TAX PAYMENT FROM MISSISSIPPI FAMILIES, THAT WERE SENT TO JACKSON TO KEEP STATE GOVERNMENT RUNNING. INSTEAD OF PUTTING THAT MOINE TO WORK, POLITICANS ARE PARKING THAT MONEY IN ACCOUNT. MAKE THEMSELVES LOOK BETTER. THIS IS NOT BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR STATE RESOURCES. WE SHOULD NOT ACT OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TO SUFFER WE HAVE MONEY BANK THEY CAN HELP. AND AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE PROBATION PROCESS IS ABOUT VALUES AND PAUSES. AND, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE 2013 SESSION WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE OUR RESOURCES ARE BEING USED TO CREATE JOBS. AND GROW OUR ECONOMY. F. WE HAVE HOPE GET OUT OF MISSISSIPPI'S DOUBLE DIP RECESSION WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE A RENEWED FOCUS ON OUR ECONOMY. ACCORDING TO ONE OF OUR STATE ECONOMIST WHILE OTHER STATES SAW ECONOMIC GROWTH IN 2012. MISSISSIPPI WAS ONE OF ONLY HAD STATES IN THE COUNTRY THAT ACTUALLY WENT BACKWARDS AND SLIPPED BACK INTO A RECESSION. IT IS NOT HARD TO DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEM. DURING LAST YEAR SESSION YOU PAID 174 LEGISLATURES TO SPEND COUNT LESS HOURS OF COMMITTEE TIMES AND FLOOR DEBATE ON THE PERSON HOOD ISSUE. AND ISSUE THAT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY REJECTED BY MISSISSIPPI VOTERS DURING 2011 ELECTION. AND IN FACT, THERE WAS 13 BILLS FIVE BY MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE THAT WAS COPY SIGNED ADDRESS PERSONAL HOOD. AND ALMOST ALL OF THOSE PROPOSALS FOUND THEIR WAY ON TO COMMITTEE AGENDA WE ALSO WAIT TIME ON IMMIGRATION BILL, THAT DIDN'T EVEN HAVE THE SUPPORT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. BUSINESS LEADERS IS OUR CITIES NOR OUR COUNTIES. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WASTE ANY MORE TIME STAYED -- HELPING THEM BUILD POLITICAL RESUME TIME GET REAL FOCUS LAKE ON OUR STATE ECONOMY. WE HAVE ALL HEARD POLITICANS TALK ABOUT EDUCATION DURING ELECTION. AND MISSISSIPPI NO DIFFERENT. EVERY CANDIDATE FOR MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE PROMISED THAT IF LEAKED THEY WOULD GO TO JACKSON AND FIX OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM. UNFORTUNATELY, I LEGISLATIVE LEADER FORGET TALK WITH PARENTS. EDUCATION AND TAXPAYER ABOUT THEIR PLANS. THAT'S WHY WE SPENT SO MUCH TIME TALKING ABOUT EACH OTHER'S SCHOOL BILL THAT WAS NOT VETED BY ANY ONE EXCEPT OUT OF STATE GROUPS THAT WANT TO PROFIT OFF THE BACK OF OUR CHILDREN. BUT WE CAN'T JUST SAY NO. THAT'S WHY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY EDUCATION PLAN IS TO SEEK OUT NEW INKNOW WAYS IMPROVE EDUCATION UNDERER IS SFD PARTS OF STATE AND STRESS THOSE GETTING RIGHT. MISSISSIPPI HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW ITS ECONOMY, AND BY USING PROPOSED FORMULA CHANGE MEDICAID PROGRAM. RIGHT NOW, 25% OF MISSISSIPPIAN ARE ENROLLED ON MEDICAID S.. NEW CHANGES WILL ALLOW STATE INCREASE MEDICAID COVERAGE BY USING INDEX OF 133% OF THE POVERTY LEVEL. THAT MEANS A MISSISSIPPI FAMILY OF FOUR WITH HOUSEHOLD INCOME OF 30 THOUSAND WILL BE ELIGIBLE. BY ALLOWING THEM HAVE EXCESS HEALTH CARE, WE CAN SAVE STATE NEARLY HALF BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN FUNDS BEING USED TO PAY FOR UNCOMPETENCE SAY THED CARE. FOR EXAMPLE. 6 MILLION OF YOUR TAX DOLLARS WENT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL CENTER COVER UNCOMPENSATEED WITH FOLKS WHO NEEDED EMERGENCY SERVICE, BUT DIDN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. BY GIVING SOME OF AI MISIAN ACCESS, THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO USE THE EMERGENCY ROOMS LIKE DOCTOR OFFICE AND THEY CAN INSTEAD HE RECEIVE THE KINDS OF ONGOING CARE THAT WILL HELP PREVENT SOME OF THE ILLNESSES THAT CURRENTLY CREATE DRAIN TURN ECONOMY. MEDICAID CHANGED ALSO, HELP SOME PEOPLE COME OFF THE OVERPRICED PLANS THAT CAUSE MISSISSIPPI TAXPAYER TOO MUCH. BY MOVING QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS OFF OF THE STATE INSURANCE PLANS ON TO A MEDICAID PLAN, STATE WILL SAY MORE MONEY. MEDICAID ALSO OFFERS MIHEVIC RARE OPPORTUNITY TO FIX SOME RECENT BUDGETING ERRORS. DURING THE 2012 SESSION, WE REPUBLICAN MOVED 70 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE BUDGET, AND NAME OF ENDING THE INVENTORY. AND THERE WAS NO EFFORT REPLACE THESE FUNDS. MEDICAID CHANGE COULD PROVIDE 6.4 BILLION DOLLARS IN FIRST THREE YEARS THAT WOULD PUT TO WORK AND IMOFING OUR KETTLE CARE SYSTEM AND CREATING A JOBS. CAN FOURTH YEAR, WE COULD PROVIDE OUR ASSESSMENTS OF 160 MILLION DOLLARS RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL 1.BILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. TO REVOLUTIONIZE MISSISSIPPI'S HEALTH CARE. AND PUT MISSISSIPPI INTO WORK. THIS TEN INVESTMENT GROWING I CON THAT IS ADD IMPACT OF MAKING UP SOME SPHRAOEP BUDGET WORK DONE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO SIMPLY SAY THAT THEY THINGS YOU HAVE FOR OR AGAINST. YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOLUTIONS. DID DID MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE HAVE FIVE NUMBER ONE, LEGISLATION FUND INFRASTRUCTURE. LIKE ROADS, BRIDGES, AND SMALL CITIES AND COUNTIES, AND OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES. TWO, EDUCATION REFORMS THAT TARGETS FAILING SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND THREE, TAKING ADVANTAGE CHANGES MEDICAID PROGRAM. THAT WILL ROW I HAD HEALTH CARE AND CREATE JOBS. AND FOUR, MAKING SURE THAT WE USE ALL OF THE AVAILABLE RESOURCES TO HELP OUR STATE. SIMPLY DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO HOARD TAXPAYER FUNDS WHILE MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN ARE WORK FAMILIES SUFFER. WHEN WE DO USE SAVING ACCOUNT, IT SHOULD BE PUT IN ACCOUNT THAT GIVES THE STATE PREFERRED RATE. FINALLY, MISSISSIPPI DEMOCRATS PROUD STATE STATE PLOY NECESSARY THAT FIRST RESTAND DERS CLASSROOM TEACHERS, THOSE PUBLIC SRAERPBTS HELP MAKE MISSISSIPPI GREAT. WOULD WOULD REMEMBER THE PROMISE WE MADE TO THESE EMPLOYEES, WE WILL NOT ALLOW THOSE PROMISE TO BE BROKEN IN NAME OF POLITICAL WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT TO REUSHER TIME OF SUSTAINABLE GROWTH FOR ALL MISSISSIPPIAN. WE ASK MISSISSIPPIAN JOIN US THIS EFFORT. TO TOGETHER MISSISSIPPI CAN AND WILL DO BETTER. THANK YOU. YOU HEARD GOVERNOR APRIORITY LEGISLATURE. WHAT LAW MAKE GOING TO DO? MATCH THE REVIEW AT OBJECT [ ♪♪♪ ]

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Membership, terms and elections

According to the current Mississippi Constitution of 1890, the Senate is to be composed of no more than 52 members elected for four-year terms. Elections to the Senate are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November during the state general elections.

Powers and process

The state legislature is constitutionally-mandated to meet for 125 days every four years and 90 days in other years. The Mississippi Senate has the authority to determine rules of its own proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and expel a member with a two-thirds vote of its membership.[1] Bills must undergo three readings in each house, unless two-thirds of the house dispenses with the rules.[1] Amendments to bills must be approved by both houses.[1]

The governor has the power to veto legislation, but legislators can override the veto with a two-thirds decision.[1]

Leadership

The Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi serves as the President of the Senate, but only casts a legislative vote if required to break a tie. In his or her absence, the President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate. The President Pro Tempore is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the entire Senate through a Senate Resolution. Unlike other upper houses in state legislatures, the President Pro Tempore's power is limited. The Lieutenant Governor has the sole ability to appoint the chairmanships or vice chairmanships of various Senate committees, regardless of party size. The other Senate majority and minority leaders are elected by their respective party caucuses.

The President of the Senate is Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. The President pro tempore is Republican Terry C. Burton.[2]

Composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 23 28 51 1
Begin 21 31 52 0
End of previous legislature[3] 20 32
Begin 20 32 52 0
January 19, 2016[4] 31 51 1
March 8, 2016[5] 32 52 0
July 25, 2017[6] 19 51 1
October 16, 2017[7] 31 50 2
November 28, 2017[8] 32 51 1
December 19, 2017[9] 33 52 0
Latest voting share 36.5% 63.5%

Although the Democratic party retained their majority (27D to 25R) in the state Senate after the 2003 general election, a party switch by former Democratic Senator, James Shannon Walley of Leakesville threw control of the chamber to the Republicans. Walley was elected as a Democrat in 2003 to represent District 43, which includes George, Greene, Stone, and Wayne counties, then announced he was switching parties and won re-election as a Republican. Because the Lieutenant Governor at that time, Amy Tuck, was a Republican (and also a previous party switcher), this gave Republicans control of the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction and a defacto majority only on a tie vote.

Until January 2008, the Senate contained 25 Democrats and 27 Republicans. Democrats enjoyed a net gain of three seats in the November 6, 2007 statewide elections and won back control of the chamber by a 28–24 margin until Senator Nolan Mettetal announced his party switch in February, 2008. The Senate balance was 27–25, with the Democrats holding the slim majority until Cindy Hyde-Smith switched parties, giving the GOP a 26–26 de facto majority, with Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant holding the tiebreaker vote. After the switch of Ezell Lee on February 17, 2011, the GOP expanded their majority to 27–24, with one vacancy. The majority was expanded in the general election later that year to 31-21, including the party switch of Sen. Gray Tollison.

Members of the Mississippi Senate (2016–2019)

District Name Party Residence Gender
1 Chris Massey Rep Nesbit M
2 David Parker Rep Olive Branch M
3 Nickey Browning Rep Pontotoc M
4 Rita Potts Parks Rep Corinth F
5 J. P. Wilemon Dem Belmont M
6 Chad McMahan Rep Guntown M
7 Hob Bryan Dem Amory M
8 Russell Jolly Dem Houston M
9 Gray Tollison Rep Oxford M
10 Bill Stone Dem Holly Springs M
11 Robert L. Jackson Dem Marks M
12 Derrick Simmons Dem Greenville M
13 Willie Lee Simmons Dem Cleveland M
14 Lydia Chassaniol Rep Winona F
15 Gary Jackson Rep French Camp M
16 Angela Turner Dem West Point F
17 Charles Younger Rep Columbus M
18 Jenifer Branning Rep F
19 Kevin Blackwell Rep M
20 Josh Harkins Rep Flowood M
21 Barbara Blackmon Dem F
22 Eugene S. Clarke Rep Hollandale M
23 Briggs Hopson Rep Vicksburg M
24 David Lee Jordan Dem Greenwood M
25 J. Walter Michel Rep Ridgeland M
26 John A. Horhn Dem Jackson M
27 Hillman Terome Frazier Dem Jackson M
28 Sollie Norwood Dem Jackson M
29 David Blount Dem Jackson M
30 Dean Kirby Rep Pearl M
31 Terry C. Burton Rep Newton M
32 Sampson Jackson II Dem Preston M
33 Videt Carmichael Rep Meridian M
34 Juan Barnett Dem M
35 Chris Caughman Rep Mendenhall M
36 Albert Butler Dem Port Gibson M
37 Bob Dearing Dem M
38 Tammy Witherspoon Dem F
39 Sally Doty Rep Brookhaven F
40 Angela Burks Hill Rep Picayune F
41 Joey Fillingane Rep Sumrall M
42 Chris McDaniel Rep Ellisville M
43 Dennis DeBar Rep M
44 John A. Polk Rep Hattiesburg M
45 Billy Hudson Rep Hattiesburg M
46 Philip Moran Rep Kiln M
47 Joseph Seymour Rep M
48 Deborah Jeanne Dawkins Dem Pass Christian F
49 Sean Tindell Rep Gulfport M
50 Tommy Gollott Rep Biloxi M
51 Michael Watson Rep Pascagoula M
52 Brice Wiggins Rep Pascagoula M

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d Constitutional Provisions The Legislature And Legislation Rules of Procedure, Mississippi Legislature (accessed May 31, 2013)
  2. ^ Aldridge, Donesha (January 5, 2016). "Burton elected as Mississippi Senate President Pro Tempore". WJTV. Jackson. 
  3. ^ Sen. Nickey Browning switched parties in early 2013 from Democrat to Republican.
  4. ^ Sen. Will Longwitz resigned to be appointed Madison County Court Judge. [1]
  5. ^ Walter Michel was elected to fill the vacancy left by Will Longwitz and assumed office March 22.[2]
  6. ^ Sen. Bill Stone (D-10) resigns [3]
  7. ^ Sen. Sean Tindell (R-49) resigns after a judicial appointment [4]
  8. ^ Republican Neil Whaley elected in non-partisan election to replace Sen. Bill Stone (D-10) [5]
  9. ^ Republican Joel Carter elected in non-partisan election to replace Sen. Sean Tindell (R-49) [6]

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