…and that’s a Sine Die for the 2023 Session!
In the thirteenth and final week of the 2023 legislative session, the Senate adjourned on Saturday, April 1, with a motion to “Sine Die” at midnight, Wednesday, April 5. This type of motion simply means to adjourn without a specific date for reconvening and marks the conclusion of the regular session.
Most successful session – ever!
I am delighted that 2023 represents the most bills I have ever been able to work through the legislative process and ultimately get signed into law by the Governor. In addition to these 7 bills below, I also authored the Senate’s tax cut bill to provide relief for our job creators as well as served as the lead negotiator on many tax-related bills in my role as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. I am grateful to my legislative colleagues for their support and guidance as I continue to learn the ropes on your behalf!
State Budget & Local Investments
After budget and finance negotiations wrapped up, I was pleased to support additional investments in our state’s priorities like education, community colleges and universities, law enforcement, infrastructure, and healthcare. The total state support budget was approximately $7.6 billion, with some $3.06 billion of this toward K-12 education efforts. I was very pleased to help secure $4 million for Hattiesburg’s Midtown infrastructure development and $750,000 for the Perry County industrial park. These investments will contribute to our continued economic growth.
Saying Farewell to Friends
I will miss my friend and Senate colleague, Chris Caughman of Simpson County. He chose not to seek re-election.
Retiring Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King honored
Retiring Southern District Transportation Commissioner and former legislator Tom King is currently in his third term and serves as Chair of the Mississippi Transportation Commission. King served as a state lawmaker for nearly 20 years, being elected to the House of Representatives in 1993, and in 2000, he began his tenure in the Senate from District 44, representing Forrest, Lamar and Perry Counties.
2020-2024 Senate Freshman
What a great looking freshman class! I have enjoyed working alongside these folks over the past four years.
Mallory Ard was a Senate page, and her aunt lives in my legislative district. Thanks Mallory for your service!
Ole Miss Champions
Even though the picture is fuzzy, their playing skills are always on point! Congratulations to the Ole Miss baseball team that won the 2022 NCAA national baseball championship.