This week, the Mississippi Legislature convened its 2017 session. Over
the next 90 days, your representatives will meet in Jackson to draft, debate, and vote on laws that impact our state.
On Tuesday, the legislature kicked off by commemorating Mississippi’s bicentennial. This year marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for Mississippi,
and celebrations are planned throughout the state.
The deadline for introducing general bills is January 16th, so the House generally doesn’t vote on many pieces of legislation before then. Currently, members
are working to draft new bills and introduce them, at which point they are referred to a committee. The House considered one bill on Wednesday which
spells out the procedures for appointing superintendents who resign before the end of their term. You can read more about that on my blog here.
My commitment to you as your representative is to stand up for the principles that you elected me to defend: limited government, lower taxes, and economic
prosperity for all Mississippians to help move us up and out of last place. I enjoyed meeting with the Madison County Business League and Foundation
prior to the session to discuss upcoming legislation they are supporting for the county. I spoke with the Northside Sun this week about my priorities
for this session, you can read more here.
I also remain committed to representing you with transparency and accountability. This session, I will continue to post every vote online, so you can see
what your legislature is doing and make your voice heard. Each post will include all bills considered by the House with a short description of the
bill, how I voted on each of them, and why.
In addition to my pledge to post every vote online, I want to be as open and accessible to you as possible. I will continue to send weekly email updates
with a recap of the week’s legislative actions, and post updates to Facebook and Twitter.
I humbly ask for your prayers as we seek to make decisions that help the people of our state. I am so thankful for your support and your friendship!
– Joel Bomgar