Weekly Session Update: January 30, 2022
This week, I had the opportunity to participate in a legislative forum held at the Trent Lott National Center at the University of Southern Mississippi. We discussed topics ranging from federal stimulus funds to mental health; it was a pleasure sharing my perspective with members of our vibrant business community.
As your state senator, I participate on many committees important to our district. These include the Constitution and Finance committees, of which I serve as chair and vice chair, respectively. I also serve on the drug policy, education, Medicaid, public health and welfare, tourism, and business and financial institutions committees. We have been working diligently to pass important legislation before the Tuesday, Feb. 1 deadline for committees to report out bills originating in the Senate chamber. Expect more updates from me next week as we begin taking up legislation on the Senate floor.
As part of Congress’ American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Mississippi will receive more than $1.8 billion from the federal government. As the appropriating body of the state, the Legislature is tasked with ensuring these dollars are spent in the most effective, meaningful way possible. This week, the Senate passed its first few bills appropriating ARPA dollars to several key agencies that were instrumental during the pandemic, such as the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the National Guard.
This week, the Senate commended Forrest County Agricultural High School student Nyla Covington for her selfless act of kindness to her fellow classmate. After being crowned Homecoming Queen, Ms. Covington crowned fellow Homecoming Maid Brittany Walters, who had just recently lost her mother to cancer. Great job, Nyla! You’re a great reminder of the power of kindness.
Dr. Anita Henderson
The Senate was joined this week by Dr. Anita Henderson of Hattiesburg. I had the pleasure of introducing Dr. Henderson to my Senate Colleagues. Dr. Henderson served as the Legislative Doctor of the Day on Wednesday, January 26.
Caleb Peters of Wiggins recently served as a page for the Mississippi State Senate. I was pleased to sponsor him during his visit to the State Capitol.
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