Coast legislators meet with business leaders
The post-legislative briefing allows for legislators to directly communicate with the business community answering their questions and concerns.
Two monumental bills passed in the 2022 session – medical marijuana and the teacher pay raise.
Legislators explained how the bills will impact local business.
For example – with the teacher pay raise, this could be a deciding factor for where a business will start. A healthy education system with new and returning teachers is valuable to business owners.
“If you don’t have it they’re not coming. And you can see that up in the delt it’s hurting us drastically because we can’t recruit industry to come up there,” said Representative Richard Bennett of District 120. “On the coast we were a lot more fortunate because we have a good education system here.”
Legislators also highlighted what’s coming to students in our high schools with the passage of the Comprehensive Career and Technical Education Reform Act
“We’re going to see more career technology training in classrooms in Mississippi high schools,” said Senator Jeremy England of District 51. “We’re going to see more career coaches across the state that will go on and talk to these folks about a path that might be an alternative path that they can go into a trade. Enter a work force where they can earn a living and support their families immediately.”
While they believed it to be a very successful session, there’s still more work to be done in 2023.
“I know that in the 13 years I’ve been in legislator we’ve passed more bills and have had more monumental legislation,” said Senator Scott Delano of District 50. “But There’s something that did not get addressed and that was the ballot initiative process. I know the legislators wants to address it more vigorously and we will have something passed in the first couple of months in that legislative session.”