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2017 Mississippi Business Journal’s CEO Awards

The Madison County Business League & Foundation congratulates its members who were recipients of 2017 Mississippi Business Journal’s CEO Awards on January 26, 2017, at Old Capitol Inn.  Read More

MCYL "Lifestyles" Day

The Madison County Youth Leadership Class met for Lifestyles Day on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Brad McMullan, CEO of bfac.com, was the keynote speaker for the breakfast hosted by Greg Centilli, Executive Director, of the Madison Healthplex Performance Center. Rochelle Culp and the MS Tobacco Free Coalition of Madison, Holmes and Yazoo Counties sponsored the breakfast. Read More

2017 Session Underway

After convening January 3, the 2017 Session is now in full swing. Committees have until January 31 to act on the bills moving through the process. Most bills will not survive the first deadline, but the Mississippi House has already acted on significant legislation. As always, you can follow the legislation I have introduced through www.corywilson.ms or the Legislature's website.

I was very happy to be appointed by Speaker Gunn to fill a vacancy on the Education Committee. As with the other committees on which I serve, I will work hard to strengthen Madison County schools and education across our state. My first Education Committee meeting was eventful, as EdBuild made recommendations for modernizing the way we fund education. Many of the recommended changes merit serious consideration. Right now, the recommendations are just that: Legislators will consider EdBuild's suggestions as we look to revamp the school funding formula. Here's a link to the full EdBuild report and the presentation slides.

Other priorities include the Mississippi ABLE Act, campaign finance and election law reforms, and bills to increase government transparency and efficiency, and improve the legislative and budgeting process. The Mississippi ABLE Act, HB162, would provide a savings tool for Mississippians with disabilities and their families. The legislation helps individuals with disabilities establish tax-free savings accounts, which could be used for qualified expenses such as education, housing and transportation. MS ABLE has cleared an initial committee, and has a bipartisan group of cosponsors.

ICYMI, I discussed Session priorities with the Northside Sun. You can read the full article here. I also joined JT on SuperTalk the first day of the Session (starting at 6:30 in this audio), and was interviewed on WYAB's The Full Story. We covered MS ABLE, campaign finance reform, and two bills to reduce the size of the Legislature and meet only every other year.

SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION EXCELLENCE: Newly minted Milken Educator Allison Ruhl was recognized at Madison Station earlier this month as one of the country's top educators. Ms. Ruhl was honored during a celebration of Station's 25th anniversary and Madison County Schools' A-rating. She is one of only 35 teachers nationwide recognized by the Milken Family Foundation.

HOUSE PASSES CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORMS. On Jan. 11, the House passedHB479 by a vote of 102-13. I am proud to be a co-sponsor. Enactment of this legislation would prohibit personal use of campaign funds. And, once an official leaves office, any unused campaign contributions cannot go with him or her. HB479 outlines several ways to close out the campaign account. The vote to strengthen our campaign finance laws is the right thing to do, and is a great step to changing politics as usual. HB479 improves upon the bill we almost passed last year, and I am hopeful that we will finish the job and have real campaign finance reforms by the end of the Session.

As always, I welcome your input, and hope you have a chance to come to your State Capitol while the Legislature is in Session. I am working hard to serve you as your voice at the Capitol. Thank you for your interest, and it is an honor to represent you.

Hope your New Year is off to a great start, and will keep you posted as the Session continues.

Very respectfully,

Cory Wilson


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This Week in Your Legislature

This was a busy week in the state legislature. Tuesday marked the deadline to introduce new bills. You can view all of the bills that have been filed thus far on the legislative website here. Committees are currently working to review all bills, discuss their merits, and approve legislation that will then head to the full House.

On Tuesday evening, the legislature convened in a joint session to hear Governor Phil Bryant’s State of the State address. I applaud Governor Bryant’s commitment to avoid tax increases for the people of Mississippi. I will continue my pledge to stand against any increase in taxes, fees, or fines on the people of this state.

This week, the Education and Appropriation committees of the House and Senate convened to hear recommendations from EdBuild regarding the education funding formula. Their recommendations focused on moving towards a student-centered formula that weights student funding according to the individual needs of students. I support this move towards fairer funding of students. You can view their full report with recommendations here. It’s important to remember that these are just recommendations and legislation has not yet been presented with specific amendments to the current funding formula.

Three other committees on which I serve met this week to work on pending bills. I worked with the committees on Corrections, Drug Policy, and Youth and Family Affairs, among others. We are working on crafting meaningful legislation that will strengthen families, protect public safety, boost employment, and expand personal freedom for all Mississippians.

The House passed a number of measures this week, including several that deal with traffic and parking regulations. You can view each of the bills we passed, along with my votes and an explanation, on my blog post here.

The Governor designated two members of the Mississippi legislature to represent our body at today’s Presidential Inauguration – House Judiciary B Chairman Andy Gipson and Senate Finance Chairman Joey Fillingane. I hope you will join us in praying for guidance and wisdom for the incoming administration.

Please let me know if you have thoughts, concerns, or questions about upcoming legislation, or if I can help you in any way. You can reach me anytime by email at joel@joelbomgar.com or on my cell at (601) 207-0813.

Thank you for your friendship and your support!

 

Joel

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Mississippi House Passes Campaign Finance Reform

On Monday, the Mississippi House of Representatives met for our second week of the 2017 legislative session. Legislators are continuing to work on drafting legislation to introduce. This week marked the deadline to request new bills, and all new bills must be officially introduced by Monday January 16th. You can view all of the bills that have been introduced thus far on the legislative website. This page will be updated as new ones are added through next week.  Read More

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