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Chairmanships open in House, Senate, look to be filled

It is day two of the 2018 Mississippi Legislative session, and many legislators are saying that they will be discussing Medicaid, a re-write to the MAEP education formula, and of course, there’s talk of the lottery coming to the Magnolia state. However, with the session starting, chairmanship positions have yet to be filled.

Meg Annison, spokeswoman for Speaker of the House, Philip Gunn said that there are four chairmanships currently open in the House. There is also one chairmanship position open in the Senate.

The chairmanships include:

  • Performance-Based Budgeting committee formerly chaired by Toby Barker who left to become mayor of Hattiesburg.
  • Revenue and Expenditure General Bills committee, formerly chaired by Mark Formby who stepped down to take a position with the Workers Compensation Commission
  • Ports, Harbors, and Airports formerly chaired by Alex Monsour who retired
  • Education committee that was chaired by John Moore who retired in December.
  • (Senate) Judiciary A committee formerly chaired by Sean Tindell who moved over to the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Annison said that Speaker Gunn is in the process of assigning the chairpersons.

“We hope to have committees readjusted and new chairpersons assigned by the first week or so of Session,” said Meg Annison, spokeswoman for Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

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