February 2, 2021 is not only Groundhog Day throughout the world, but in the Mississippi Legislature, it is Committee Deadline Day! Thank goodness we will be finished doing zoom committee meetings by the end of this day. I'm ready to start floor action tomorrow, even though it will be somewhat complicated from distance restrictions placed on us because of the virus, it will be nice to be back at the Capitol seeing everyone in person and negotiating bills.
I told my husband just last night that I feel like I have been robbed of the total experience of being in the Legislature. Last year at this time, I was able to entertain school groups, present awards to athletes, and invite different missionaries to pray over us. Now, nothing. Absolutely nothing. I'm so glad that Punxsutawney Phil did not find his shadow this morning. I'm taking that as a sign that not only will spring be early, but we will be out from being stuck in our holes and back to living life in no time!
Out of 1,500 general bills submitted, only 140 were able to see their shadow. Out of that 140, I only have 2 that stand a chance to see the light of day: HB949 would prohibit a new landfill in a county where 2 or more exist, unless a referendum is held; and HB951 which would authorize DHS to use additional methods of communication to send notices relating to child support to financial institutions. Click on this link to see the bills that survived and go to the floor for a vote either this week or next.
I could really use some help getting HB949 passed in the House and Senate. If you have a chance, please send two emails: one to the Representatives and one to the Senators at the following addresses asking them to support HB949:
As always, thank you for allowing me to serve you, and pray I stay focused on God's face!
With love, Jill