Gov. Phil Bryant appeared on the Paul Gallo Show on April 7th and discussed some priorities during his tenure and a range of legislative accomplishments during the 2014 session. The entire interview is available free from SuperTalk Mississippi.
Regarding some of the successes during his tenure:
- Teen pregnancy: Noted a 10.3% reduction in teen pregnancy over the past year without passing out birth control in classrooms.
- TANF Drug Screening: Signed legislation this year requiring new applicants to be screened from drug use/abuse prior to receiving benefits.
- 2nd Amendment Protections & Sales Tax Holiday: Passed a sales tax holiday for guns, ammo, and related supplies for September 5th – 7th.
- Religious Freedom Restoration Act: Gov. Bryant said the state law mirrors federal law that was written by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and signed by Pres. Bill Clinton.
- Criminal Justice Reform Bill
- Banning Abortion at 20 weeks: “A huge pro-life victory in Mississippi.”
Gov. Bryan talked at length about his biggest disappointment of the session, the failure to pass the special needs education bill (HB 765). Saying it’s a “sorry day” and a “dark day” because public educators refused to release the funding to support 500 special needs children, he says the legislature turned their back on special needs children and he vows to make this a priority “from now on.”
For more information:
- House Bill 49, TANF Drug Screening
- 2nd Amendment Protections and Sales Tax Holiday
- Mississippi Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Bill
- Senate Bill 2681, Religious Freedom Restoration Act
- House Bill 585, Criminal Justice Reform Act
- House Bill 1400, Abortion ban after 20 weeks
- House Bill 765, Equal Opportunity for All Students with Special Needs Act