MSGOP Update – Mar 7th

Today’s update includes information concerning Governor Bryant’s “Education Works” agenda, Senator Wicker’s response to sequestration and two pro-Second Amendment bills championed by our GOP leadership. Also included is Governor Bryant’s eVideo update.

Education Works

Earlier this week, the Senate Education Committee amended House Bill 890 with a comprehensive education reform package that includes proposals from Gov. Phil Bryant’s Education Works agenda. House Bill 890 includes the governor’s measures to improve literacy and math skills, end social promotion, boost teacher quality and increase pay for effective teachers. The bill also includes language to establish public charter schools in the state.

This session is dedicated to improving the academic performance of students and the quality of public schools, and this bill gives the Legislature the opportunity to accomplish those goals and positively impact education in Mississippi for generations,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said.
“Mississippi’s economic future depends on its educational future, and I applaud Speaker Gunn and Lt. Gov. Reeves for working tirelessly with me to move these reforms forward,” Gov. Bryant said.

“We are getting closer and closer to enacting bold education reform in Mississippi,” Gov. Bryant said. “Children in this state deserve the opportunity to receive an education that will set them on the path to success, and the measures included in this bill will create the changes we need in our public education system.”

Governor Bryant Signs Gun Owner Protection Bills

On Monday, Governor Bryant signed two important gun-owner protection bills into law. These bills deal with both the protection of gun-owner information and the definition of concealed carry. Both pieces of legislation had strong Republican support and are great examples of our GOP leaders working together to protect our rights.

“As a matter of public safety, I remain opposed to releasing personal information on law abiding gun owners,” Gov. Bryant said. “Sensitive gun owner information is entitled to privacy protections—just like medical records, tax documents and personnel files.”

“This legislation strengthens the Second Amendment rights of Mississippians by ensuring gun owners can continue to protect themselves and their families,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “We will continue to defend our liberty by supporting strong pro-gun laws that provide actual protection for gun owners.”

“Law-abiding citizens should not feel like they are doing something wrong by having a concealed carry permit,” Speaker Gunn said.  “This law exempts their names and addresses from being a matter of public record, which we feel will protect their rights and identities.”
Read more HERE.

Wicker: Sequestration Deadline Marks Unmet Budget Challenges

President Stirs Fears about Impact Instead of Working with Congress to Replace Defense Cuts
Read Senator Wicker’s response to sequestration HERE.

Governor Bryant – eVideo Update

In this eVideo update, Governor Bryant discusses federal sequestration and why Mississippi should not expand Medicaid.

Municipal Elections

The candidate qualifying deadline for municipal elections is this Friday, March 8th at 5:00 PM. Let us know if there is anyone in your area who might be considering running as a Republican who hasn’t yet qualified. We will be more than happy to reach out to them this week and discuss their potential candidacy. Contact JD Griffin:
As always, thank you for your support of our Party,

Brandon Payne
Executive Director

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