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MEMORANDUM
To: MAS Membership
From:Executive Director, Derrick Surrette
Date: 7/7/2017
Re: U.S. House to Vote Next Week 

House to Vote Next Week - Bigger Trucks Back in Play

Memorandum

Pursuant to Mississippi Code Ann. 77-13-31, the Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Board has declared its intent to consider the adoption of rules under its authority. In addition, pursuant to Mississippi Code Ann. 77-13-29 (subsection (L)), a Mississippi Association of Supervisors (MAS) representative is appointed to the Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Board.

The Mississippi Association of Supervisor’s office was contacted by the Mississippi Forestry Commission to distribute the attached press release. Due to State budget cuts, there will be a reorganizing of the Mississippi Forestry Commission resulting in the consolidation of the current seven districts into four new regions. Numerous job positions will be eliminated once the reorganization process has been completed beginning July 1, 2017. We ask that you keep the Forestry Commission employees and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration South
Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1
Centennial Plaza – Gulfport, Mississippi

On behalf of the South Mississippi Bicentennial Committee together with the Mississippi Development Authority, we invite you to make plans to join us for the Party of the Century!  This is a free ticketed event so please go online to print your tickets at www.ms200south.org.

Severe weather struck several areas of Mississippi on Jan. 21, resulting in severe damages in multiple counties.  That same day, Gov. Bryant issued a State of Emergency and authorized the use of the National Guard.  On Jan. 25, President Trump declared Forrest, Lamar, Lauderdale and Perry Counties federal disaster areas.  The declaration includes individual assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.  

At the Mid-Winter Legislative Conference, the MAS Membership adopted a resolution in support of additional funding for transportation infrastructure.  Click here for the official resolution.

Nationwide and NACo will award four college scholarships ($2,500 each) to high school seniors whose parents or grandparents participate in the NACo/Nationwide Deferred Compensation Program.  Fore more information, visit the Nationwide website or click here.  

HURRY!  Deadline for applying is March 5, 2017!

The consulting firm (EdBuild) hired to study and evaluate how the State of Mississippi funds public education released their recommendations on Monday January 16th.  Of the various recommendations, one in particular stood out as it relates to ad valorem taxes.  EdBuild’s executive director (Rebecca Sibilia) stated that lawmakers should consider giving school boards the freedom of raising local funds above the state cap of 55 mills.  The MAS lobbying team is very concerned about this part of the recommendation, and the possible negative impact this could have on local ad valorem taxes. 

ANNOUNCING 2017 MAS Minority Caucus Scholarship Application.  Please click here for the application.

Application packets must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2017.  Scholarship winners will be announced May 7, 2017.  

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