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MDOT News Release

February 17, 2019

MDOT joins national organization to recognize National Engineers Week

JACKSON, MISS. – Stop and think about some of the things you do on a daily basis. Turning on lights in your home. Flushing your toilet. Driving to work. What do these ordinary daily tasks have in common?

The answer: engineers.

The engineering profession covers a wide range of disciplines. Mechanical engineers design the engines that power our vehicles. Electrical engineers design our electric power grids. Civil engineers design our sewer systems and transportation infrastructure.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) joins the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in recognizing the week of February 17 as National Engineers Week (EWeek).

“Many people don’t realize just how much they rely on engineers for some of life’s most basic comforts,” said Melinda McGrath, P.E., MDOT executive director. “From water and sewer to electricity to roads and bridges, engineers play an important role in our lives.”

MDOT has approximately 250 engineers on staff who are responsible for designing and maintaining Mississippi’s transportation network.

“The engineers at MDOT have a heart for public service,” McGrath said. “Their responsibility is to keep the traveling public safe, and they take that responsibility seriously. If you know an engineer, thank them for what they do to help make our lives a little easier.”

Founded by the NSPE in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.


The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network that enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.

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Rep. Bomgar: Legislative Update Week 4


Your Mississippi House of Representatives spent most of this week debating and voting on legislation. Thursday was the deadline for the House and Senate to vote on bills originating in that chamber.

The House worked to consider each bill that was passed out of committee. Dozens of new laws made it past this deadline, while others died.

Here’s a look at some of the significant bills that were passed by the House:


  • HB 732: This bill, referred to as the “Heartbeat Bill,” was monumental progress for the rights of the unborn. This bill prohibits abortions if a heartbeat is detected except in situations that endanger the life of the mother.


  • HB 688: This bill relaxes school regulations by allowing schools within districts of innovation to be graded by the Cambridge Assessment or other nationally recognized assessment standards in lieu of the Mississippi Assessment Program or the State Subject Area Testing Program. This decreases the regulatory burden on the State.


  • HB 816: This bill seeks to reduce the tax burden on recent college graduates who stay in Mississippi. The state should always seek to lower the aggregate tax burden on all individuals, and create an environment that our children can grow and prosper.


You can see every bill that the House considered on my weekly vote post by clicking here. I’ve included a short description of what each bill does, how I voted, and why.

At this point, the House and Senate will now “swap” bills. The House will consider bills that passed out of the Senate and vice versa. Next week will include more committee meetings as committees vet these bills and decide which should move forward in the process.

As the session moves forward, the House will also start to consider more revenue bills dealing with the state’s expenses and budget. I’ll keep you updated on these measures as they move forward.

You can scroll through a list of all of the bills that are still alive in the legislature here.

Be sure to like my Facebook page, where you can see the live stream of debate from the House each day.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or comments about matters before the legislature, or if I can help you in any way.

It’s an honor to serve you!


God Bless,


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Madison County Adult Leadership Class Government Day

The Madison County Adult Leadership Class participated in Government Day on Tuesday, February 12th. The Class met with Madison County Mayors, County-wide Elected/Appointed Officials, Legislators and State Wide Elected Officials. Governor Phil Bryant and First Lady Deborah Bryant hosted a dessert reception in the mansion. The Class was led by Madison County Business League and Foundation Executive Director Jan Collins. Read More

2019 Session update

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2019 Highest Demand Jobs

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