Lawmakers throughout the state are hoping they can all work together to get their bills passed into law in the 2019 Mississippi Legislative Session set to open next Tuesday.
The 2019 state legislative session doesn’t open until next Tuesday, but State Senator Philip Moran has already filed several bills focusing on education and pay raises for Mississippi’s teachers. “They need more. That is a very tough job. My hats are off to them. For a teacher in a classroom with 30 to 31 kids, they have their hands full and they deserve more.”
The South Mississippi lawmaker is hoping for somewhat of a repeat, at least when it comes to getting things done this session. Moran says he has plenty of confidence in the state’s lawmakers, pointing to 2018 as one of the most successful years in the state’s legislative history. “This special session that took place back in the fall is without a doubt the most beneficial special session that has ever taken place in the history of our state.”
As evidenced by three milestone pieces of legislation that passed, all serving a different purpose, including the allocation of the state’s BP settlement fund with 75 percent of it staying in South Mississippi and the Infrastructure Modernization Act, a measure that will make way for our state’s roads by receiving additional funding from use tax.
Mississippi residents will no longer have to drive across state lines to play the Powerball or Mega Millions with the state’s first lottery system expected to be ready by the end of this year. “We’re all looking forward to it. People are excited about it. People call and ask about it every day. They’re tired of driving out of state to buy a one dollar or two dollar ticket,” said Moran.
Many Mississippians, including Gulfport resident Karl Jackson, agree the lottery has been long overdue in the state, which was one of only six states without a lottery system before the bill passed last year. “If we got billions or thousands of people driving to Louisiana that live in this state and giving that state money, it doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t add up.”
State Senator Moran tells News 25 the scratch-offs, Pick 3, Pick 5, and Mississippi Lottery will be ready first as they will be run by the state. The state has applied to join the 44 other states who are a part of the Powerball and Mega Millions.