Monday, April 27, 2020

Legislature Returns May 18

Leftenent Governor Delbert Hosemann issued the following statement. 


By agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, the Mississippi Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session on Monday, May 18. 


The Legislature recessed its 125-day Session temporarily on March 18, following the Governor’s issuance of a State of Emergency related to COVID-19. 

Hosemann, Gunn, and members of the Legislature continue to analyze the impact of the pandemic and federal funds from the CARES Act relief package on the State’s emergency response efforts, healthcare facilities, and wider state budget.  Budget analysts and agencies have said all agencies currently have the funds required to meet their immediate financial needs.  Hosemann and Gunn have specifically reserved the right to reconvene earlier than May 18 if necessary.

Legislative leadership is also working on establishing protocol for working within and visiting the Capitol as shelter-in-place restrictions begin to be lifted.  Their goal is to allow as much access as possible while prioritizing the health and safety of those in the building.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Watch for it: Reconvene on Monday, then adjourn. Thereafter reconvene at 10:00 daily, Tuesdays through Thursdays with daily adjournment at 3:00. Per diem rocks on. Perhaps even granting themselves some version of 'hazard pay' like they've done up in Madison County. These people are thieves and skin-flints.

Digburt and Gun will spin it as if they're sacrificing to do the people's work. Hold on while I puke.

Anonymous said...

Will Koestler Prime, Tico's and Shapley's be open in time???

Anonymous said...

The sunlight is a key ingredient to limiting the impact of Covid 19. These are the longest days. It makes sense to get people out in the sun and back to work.

Anonymous said...

1:25 - and just what would solution be to this hideous problem???

Anonymous said...

As much as you think it is fun to ridicule the legislature coming in on Monday and adjourning, 1:25, there is actually good reason for this practice.

Not all legislators live in and around the metro area; in fact, most dont. Many have to drive for half a day or more to come to Jackson. If you expected the legislature to be in session all day Monday, more than half of the members would have to leave on Sunday -,causing both additional per diem and taking away the 'part time concept' of the body.

Some of the members have real jobs and use the late Friday, weekend, and early Monday to attend to matters at home. Many like you want to ridicule the practice, but if you lived in Tupelo, or Tunica, or Waveland, and had a real life there as well, you would not be so snide about the late Monday convening and would focustomers on the crap that they do while they are in session. Frankly, I am glad that they don't have that extra time in the chamber passing more laws

Anonymous said...

Question - for every percentage point unemployment increases, how many people are expected to die because of it?

Is it worth it?

Anonymous said...

The first thing the legislature needs to do is approve additional dollars to the "Open for business" campaign and be advertising in states like Louisiana, Michigan, and New York where the prolonged shutdowns and new restrictions are going to shut down those businesses long term.

Mississippi has a chance to attract new businesses to the state if the legislature chooses to be pro business. If they choose to be pro big government, they'll be the big fish in a very poor and small pond.

Anonymous said...

" As much as you think it is fun to ridicule the legislature coming in on Monday and adjourning, 1:25, there is actually good reason for this practice."

Hell, they did that before all of this started.
Please explain your argument in more detail.
Thank you.

Perhaps they can stay an extra few minutes and revamp the leadership at the Department of Employment Security,

It's a damn joke over at that agency.

Yeah . . . they remain overwhelmed, I understand that fact.
But they've had almost two months to "tweek their systems".

The "executives" at that agency haven't done one thing except to make a simple phone call or email even more difficult.

Customer service at MDES is also starting to break down.

Gawd their reps are also becoming rude !







Anonymous said...

3:15 -- they ran for election and signed on for this. And they are expected to represent their districts 12 -months.This isn't volunteer service. They are getting paid. DO THEIR DAMN JOBS!

Anonymous said...

"Some of the members have real jobs and use the late Friday, weekend, and early Monday to attend to matters at home. Many like you want to ridicule the practice, but if you lived in Tupelo, or Tunica, or Waveland, and had a real life there as well,"

So what ?

When they chose to "run" for office, they knew the State Capitol was in Jackson.
I don't care if they live in a tent on Horn Island or under a moonshine still in Chickasaw County . . .
If they didn't want to travel to Jackson, they never should have entered a state election,

Anonymous said...

3:15 must be a snowflake legislature.

Anonymous said...

3:15 - Please tell us from what point in this state it takes a 'half day or more' to drive to Jackson...unless you're riding a mule? The fact that some of them have other jobs is irrelevant. Almost as irrelevant as the fact that several were retired on PERS. Gaveling in and out within the same hour is a hideous practice which allows them to grab some cash for showing up. Sadly, though, the liquor stores and steak joints are not open for bidness. I got no idea whether Danny's is still in town.

Anonymous said...

"Will Koestler Prime, Tico's and Shapley's be open in time???"

What a foolish insinuation. It's Krystal drive-thru for this bunch. They all have three ring binders to study for the next morning. Gotta hit the books - There's business to be did.

Anonymous said...

4;11, I can’t wait. Put up signs at every interstate welcome center that say “Virus be damned, come on in!”

Anonymous said...

Corinth is 4 hrs easy, and try Iuka, Booneville, Ripley...Union

Anonymous said...

Don't expect legislators to provide the example of innovative use of technology to work from home. No, they expect school children to do that and call them lazy and irresponsible if they don't. After all, the school children cannot make their own rules for bloodsucking and they don't have a per diem account to protect. Hell, we're too old to figure out Zoom and
conference calls and all that other stuff. Jackson or bust!!

Anonymous said...

"Some of the members have real jobs..." LOL!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant!! The Legislature, gathering people from every corner of the State, is the perfect Petri dish. Why not meet and vote for by Zoom? Gunn and Tate need to be creative and adapt.

Anonymous said...

Are they meeting at the coliseum? According to Gunn, that's where the Arkansas legislature just met last week.

Cynical Sam said...

You can take it to the bank that the smoke filled back rooms at Koestler Prime, Tico's and Shapley's will be available exclusively for them (and lobbyists).

Anonymous said...

Jackson needs to let them meet at the convention center in exchange for utilities paid. There’s nothing else going on down there and everyone can keep the six foot distance. They have up to date technology, which is nowhere to be found on the fairground or the old Capitol. Jackson could build up a little “goodwill” with the legislature. They do not need to meet ate the Capitol - a breeding ground for Covis19. These members come from every part of the state. Think about it people, would you want to meet in a closed air building?

Anonymous said...

to 5;01pm....you don't know much about the after-hours dining habits of legislators do you?
i dont deny they are the krystal hamburger types , but when they come to jackos its ticos every night. thats because the lobbyists pay for everything. tell me, 5;01....whos out there lobbying for you?

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