The 2020 session of the Mississippi Legislature begins Tuesday at noon. There will be many changes around the Capitol following the November 2019 elections.
Here are the Top 10 things you need to know as the new legislative session gavels in:
- Over a quarter of the Mississippi Senate (14) and a tad over 20% of the Mississippi House of Representatives (25) are new members to their respective chambers.
- Republicans hold a supermajority in both chambers, as well as all 8 statewide offices and a majorities in the Public Service Commission and Transportation Commission.
- Due to retirements and a few upsets in the November General Election, there will be a number of new faces chairing committees once Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker Philip Gunn make their appointments. For his part, Hosemann has promised that he will “hit the ground running” and appointments will happen quickly.
- With all of the freshmen scurrying about, it is a good thing that the 2020 session is longer than usual, scheduled for 125 days with Sine Die by Sunday, May 10th.
- State Sen. Dean Kirby has been tapped by Hosemann as the Senate President Pro Tem. State Rep. Jason White will be the Speaker Pro Tem in the House as chosen by the Republican Caucus following the election loss of longtime representative Greg Snowden. Former Sen. Buck Clarke will serve as Secretary of the Senate and Andrew Ketchings will likely be re-elected as House Clerk.
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