Donnie Named to Legislative Roles for 2020

Donnie Scoggin was named as Vice-chairman of Universities and Colleges Committee last week in the Mississippi Legislature. Scoggin was also named to roles on the Agriculture Committee, Judiciary B, County Affairs and Public Health Committees.

This was the third week of the 2020 Legislative Session. Speaker Philip Gunn made the much anticipated
announcement of committee assignments on Thursday of this week. With this announcement,
legislators will now begin meeting in their respective committees. The deadline for the introduction of
general bills and constitutional amendments is later in the session, and after this deadline passes,
committees will meet more often.

Because of the recent outbreak of prison violence across the state, legislators have begun to focus on
our corrections system. The Legislative Black Caucus Criminal Justice Reform Task Force held a meeting
this week to discuss different policy solutions. Many lawmakers and visitors also attended a prison
reform rally held on the Capitol grounds on Friday morning.
Visitors at the Capitol this week included the Mississippi Nurses Association, gifted K-12 students from
around the state, the Junior League of Jackson and the Mississippi Tourism Association.

Next Monday, Governor Tate Reeves will deliver his first State of the State address before a joint session
of the House and the Senate. It will be held outside on the south steps of the Capitol, weather
permitting.