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YP – Speaker Gunn: University employees, students should not be forced to get vaccinated against COVID-19
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn wrote a letter to Dr. Alfred Rankins, the commissioner for higher education, asking him to stop applying the COVID-19 vaccine mandates implemented eventually October in response to President Joe Biden’s federal actions.
Gunn also reminded Rankins of a previous request he had made prior to the Council of Higher Education Institutions (IHL) decision to comply with federal mandates, saying that despite the two-three-week phone call, the IHL Council still proceeded with the mandates.
“Our dedicated university employees shouldn’t be forced to choose between their jobs and their right to control their health decisions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine,” wrote rapporteur Gunn. “I have argued and continue to argue that Mississippians take their COVID-19 vaccine if they feel it is right for consultation with their doctor, but I strongly oppose forced COVID-19 vaccinations.”
YP – What to know ahead of the first meeting of the MS Senate Subcommittee to advise on how to spend $ 1.8 billion on ARP funds
On Monday, a subcommittee of the Mississippi Senate they will meet to review and make recommendations regarding the use of $ 1.8 billion in American Rescue Plan funds sent to the state by the federal government.
State Senator John Polk was named chair of the subcommittee, and Senators Dennis DeBar, Walter Michel, Rita Potts Parks, Bart Williams, Albert Butler, and Hillman Frazier were named as members.
Senator Polk told Y’all Politics on Friday that Monday’s meeting is essentially an organizational meeting. The first thing he tried to do is organize everything and make everyone understand where they are going, which is to understand for Deputy Governor Delbert Hosemann and Senate Appropriations Chair Briggs Hopson just how to spend the $ 1.8 billion.
State Auditor White talks about accountability in workforce development spending
You may have seen the results of a recent survey of state workforce development spending.
– OSA (@MSStateAuditor) November 12, 2021
Central District Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey joined Y’all Politics on Friday to discuss a range of topics, including on-site exchange, recent Mississippi renewable energy investments, and cost impact. that consumers are seeing today.
There have been calls for a greater voice of consumers to balance corporate interests when the PSC considers rate cases and future energy investments in the state. Commissioner Bailey says he is not opposed to somehow having a dedicated consumer advocate, but the question will be where that role will play and how it would be funded.
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has released the Fall 2021 Assessment for Kindergarten Preparation.
Among the 33,265 kindergarten children tested, 31.8% achieved a kindergarten-ready score with a score of 530 or higher on the Evaluation of preparation for asylum. Across the state, the median score was 487.
The results of students who achieved the Kindergarten-Ready Score in previous years were 36.6% in Fall 2019 and 36.1% in Fall 2018.
Senator Rick Scott speaks at the MSGOP Victory Reception
With principled leaders like Senator Scott in Washington DC and a strong GOP, we are poised to keep the red wave alive in 2022 and 2023. pic.twitter.com/sSC1i55RKa
– Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) November 14, 2021
YP – The US Court of Appeals temporarily prevents the Jan.6 committee from obtaining Trump White House documents
On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld former President Donald Trump’s request to temporarily prevent the National Archives from turning over his White House documents to President Nancy Pelosi’s Jan. 6 commission.
The decision was made to give the court time to consider Trump’s arguments against the release of the documents, scheduled for Friday without a court order.
“The Select Committee wants to know every detail of what happened in the White House on January 6 and in the days before. We need to know precisely what role the former president and his aides played in efforts to stop the electoral vote count and if they were in contact with anyone outside the White House trying to overturn the outcome of the election, “the member 2nd District Congressman of Mississippi Bennie Thompson, chairman of the select committee said.
MSDH COVID-19 reporting
Today MSDH is reporting an additional 299 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 4 deaths and 25 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. State # COVID-19 total: 507,775 cases, 10,182 deaths and 1,384,515 people fully vaccinated. Complete information on COVID-19: https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/chn0fEwlGL
– MS Department of Health (@msdh) November 10, 2021
Commissioner Sean Tindell announced the appointment of Hannah Harrison as director of human resources.
Harrison is an established professional with over ten years of administration experience. Prior to joining the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Harrison worked at the Mississippi Bar as a director of communications and engagement. Previously he held the position of Director of Administrative and Support Services at higher education institutions. Harrison also served in the Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Harrison holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree from Mississippi College. He recently completed his PhD in Human Capital Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. His thesis work specialized in a study on the return on investment of a state educational initiative, Complete 2 Compete.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan will make his first stop on his “Journey for Justice” trip to Jackson on Monday, November 15.
Regan will embark on this journey to experience firsthand how environmental concerns are affecting marginalized communities.