JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – As Mississippi’s new legislative session gets underway, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus (MLBC) is pushing forward with policies they say are needed in each state.
Their top items include healthcare, education, COVID-19, economic reform, criminal reform and election reform.
“If you have a chance to speak with some of our more season members, they can tell you about the conversations they’ve had with leadership, with their colleagues to try to advance these issues they have gone fruitless and unheard,” said MLBC Chairwoman Senator Angela Turner Ford.
Caucus leaders said they understand that it will be a tough task to get their priorities passed.
“I’ll just have to be frank about this, a lot of the our agenda consist of about 30 points. And in years prior, they have not gotten traction as we would like. There have been some issues that we have seen progress, but it’s just our intention; if we can get these as stand alone bills, identify other legislation that’s pending, try to offer amendments.”
Leaders are pushing to expand early voting, Medicaid and fully fund MAEP. They also plan to push the ball on criminal justice reform.
“I did have a conversation with Senator Juan Barnett, and he told me that they are working to try and reach a compromise or collaboration with the various entities concerned throughout the state. So I believe there is progress.”
The MLBC is looking to leverage past momentum to be a part of the leadership’s decision making.
You can watch the full news conference below.