Legislature honors Lake native Randy Houser

By TERRY C. BURTON,

We passed Senate Bill 2895 that allows the University Medical Center to remove from its campus and reinter in a mausoleum on the grounds of the old Farmers Market, the graves of up to 7,000 persons who once lived in the former state asylum. It would free land for future development at UMC and would cost $2 million to $3 million.

We passed Senate Bill 2459 that extends reemployment protections to Mississippi service men and women when they are activated by other states.

Senate Bill 2777 suspends the purchase of new cars by government for another year. The extended moratorium has saved up to $35 million. The conservative measure does not stop law enforcement and emergency responders from making needed purchases.

Our passage of Senate Bill 2778 would allow the Department of Finance and Administration to charge other agencies for the use of the Mississippi Management and Reporting Systems. The pass through charges would be federal dollars that could bring in $6 million for the state.

The passage of Senate Bill 2277 would protect consumers by having branded titles issued to salvage vehicles that are resold in the state, stopping the practice of some who receive clear titles to rebuilt damaged vehicles.

We passed Senate Bill 2089 that clarified the fact that the legislature is the sole decider of election results in disputes involving legislative races.

Other bills passed included:

• Senate Bill 2698 would exempt certain technology related information from the Public Records Act because of its sensitive nature.

• Senate Bill 2621 would require motorists to stop for railroad repair vehicles riding on rail tracks.

• Senate Bill 2527 would protect from liability any persons who provided to authorities information that reveals insurance fraud.

• Senate Bill 2936 would continue to allow free usage of Fairground livestock facilities for groups such as 4-H.

• Senate Bill 2924 will allow Mississippi’s agriculture department to hire food inspectors in a contract with the federal government so state officials can deploy and use them as needed.

• Senate Bill 2179 would provide immunity to persons who request assistance for medical emergencies related to alcohol.

• Senate Bill 2220 would allow community colleges to have county taxes directed straight to their treasuries instead of being dispersed by chancery clerks, which could take them longer to receive the funds.

• Senate Bill 2072 would place campaign finance reports on county and municipal websites for public inspection.

Please call on me at 601-359-3209 if I can be of service to you. I thank you for the honor of being your voice in Jackson.

The week was filled with committee meetings where potential legislation was under review and budget requests by agencies continue to be made.

We have continued to ask agencies to be more financially responsible.

We passed Senate Bill 2758 that creates a committee to study the management of state owned vehicles. In the past we have saved millions of dollars by placing a moratorium on the purchase of vehicles excluding those needed by law enforcement and firefighters. We think this committee will show us ways to better manage the existing fleet and save taxpayers even more money.

We welcomed Miss Hospitality Emma Grace McGrew, to address the senate. Emma Grace previously served as a Senate Junior Page and has done well.

We also passed a rules calendar that honored exemplary Mississippians.

I had the chance to visit with country music star Randy Houser, a native of Lake, whose hits include “How Country Feels,” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.” He was presented a resolution, declaring December 18, 2018, as “Randy Houser Day in Mississippi,” by the Mississippi Tourism Association, for his efforts to help the state increase tourists visits.

Please call on me if I can be of service to you. I thank you for the honor of being your voice in Jackson.

Terry Burton, R-Newton, represents Senate District 31. Call 601-359-3234 to contact Burton in Jackson.