1/11/21 - 1/15/21 Weekly Sessions Recap
This is the second week of the 2021 Legislative Session. Because it is early in the session, bills are still being drafted, so floor action has been light. More than 200 House bills have already been filed and referred to committees. Bills must be passed out of committee before they are considered by the House. I dropped most of my authored bills this week, with a few more planned to drop on the 18th after I get the finalized versions back from our House lawyers.
The deadline for the introduction of general bills and constitutional amendments is Monday, January 18, so many committees are waiting until all bills are filed to hold meetings. Floor action will pick up next week as bills are brought out of committee.
Governor Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1 into law in a ceremony on Monday, January 11, officially changing the state flag of Mississippi. After the signing ceremony at the Two Mississippi Museums, Governor Reeves and members of the Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag brought the flag to the Capitol and presented it to Speaker Philip Gunn and Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann.
Throughout the latter part of the week, many precautions and security measures were being taken as a result of the supposed threats of upcoming violence at state capitols across the country. With increased security being put in place, I had a chance to meet and talk to this sweet canine bomb sniffer and his handler.