House speaker wants to hear from Mississippians

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal Jackson Bureau

JACKSON – House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he hopes to hear suggestions during his upcoming Mississippi Solutions Ideas Tour that can be converted into legislation.
Gunn, who is in his first year as speaker, will host nine town hall-style meetings next week, including Oct. 9 in Tupelo.
The tour will kick off at 9 a.m. Monday in the Capitol in Jackson to be followed by two events that day in west Mississippi.
The following day, the Tupelo City Council chamber will be the site of a Gunn meeting at 9 a.m.
A 1 p.m. meeting at Columbus City Hall later that day will be the only other stop in Northeast Mississippi.
“After the session ended, I knew I wanted to hear from people around the state about their ideas they have for the future of Mississippi,” said Gunn in a news release. “We thought the best way to do this would be to set out on an Ideas Tour where we could hear from the public about topics they wanted to see addressed in future sessions.”
Gunn, the first Republican speaker since the 19th century, said he hopes the events are nonpartisan. He said he is inviting all House members in the area where the meeting is taking place to participate.
“This is not for people to hear us talk,” he said. “It is to hear from Mississippians. ‘What are your ideas for improving the state?’ Hopefully, they can give us some ideas that we can make law.”
Each meeting is slated to last 75 minutes.
bobby.harrison@journalinc.com