MSGOP Update, Feb 12th

Good Morning,

Today’s MSGOP update includes information on the recent Pine Belt storm damage and several legislative topics.


Pine Belt Tornado

The MSGOP’s thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the tornado that struck the Pine Belt Sunday evening. In response to the devastation that occurred, Governor Phil Bryant issued a state of emergency for the following counties: Forrest, Lamar, Marion and Lawrence. “As local and state officials work together to assess the damages, this State of Emergency will help expedite the support needed,” said Governor Bryant.


Governor Phil Bryant

A press conference was held on USM’s campus Monday with Governor Phil Bryant and Congressman Steven Palazzo, both graduates of Southern Miss, to provide updates on the recovery effort. “The people of Hattiesburg and the areas affected by Sunday’s severe weather remain in our thoughts and prayers,” Said Congressman Palazzo.

If you’d like to help, visit the Salvation Army link HERE.


(photo by Patrick Lowery)



Congressman Gregg Harper

Congressman Gregg Harper has set his legislative goals for 2013. Some of his goals include eliminating government waste, improving or removing unnecessary regulations, promoting innovation, and advocating for intellectual disabilities. You can read more about his proposals HERE.

Congressman Harper


Lenora’s Law

“Lenora’s Law” passed unanimously in the Mississippi Senate yesterday. SB2732 calls for GPS monitoring of sex offenders who get convicted of violating the state’s sex offender registry. If convicted, the offender would wear a GPS monitor that tracks their movement for the remainder of their sentence, up to five years. The MSGOP would like to congratulate the bill’s author, Senator Will Longwitz, and co-authors: Sen. Josh Harkins, Sen. Sally Doty, and Sen. Brice Wiggins.

“If it were up to me, we would track every sex offender. We can’t,” Longwitz said. “But we can use GPS technology to put real teeth in our sex offender registry.”


Reading Proficiency Program

Yesterday, the House passed the Third Grade Reading Gate Bill by an overwhelming majority. This bill will establish a ‘reading proficiency program’ that will prevent children from falling through the cracks when it comes to their reading ability. Speaker Philip Gunn expressed his thoughts on HB955’s passage.

Speaker Philip Gunn

“No other measure that we pass this year will have a greater impact on our educational system than this bill,” said Speaker Gunn. “The aim of this bill is to require children to be able to read on a third grade reading level before being promoted to the fourth grade. This bill will have a more sweeping and immediate impact than any other education reform we pass this year,” continued the Speaker. “I commend the House, both Democrats and Republicans, for having the vision to pass this bill.”


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Senate Charter School Bill

Last week, we provided a summary of the House Charter School Bill. Today, we have the Senate’s breakdown. You can read it HERE.


Dixie National Rodeo

This year’s Dixie National Rodeo has had a very successful run, and the last day to attend is tomorrow. The MSGOP would like to thank Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith and the rest of the Department of Agriculture for their hard work to bring revenue and fun to Mississippi. Last year, the rodeo brought in more than $6.7 million dollars to our state.



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As always, thank you for your support of our Party,

Brandon Payne
Executive Director

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