The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus will get the first look at a proposed Human Rights agenda for the 2005 Legislature.
Several advocacy groups from around the state met Monday in Jackson to begin work on their legislative wish list. They'll present the proposals to the caucus Dec. 16, and the session starts Jan. 4.
With a tough budget year ahead, the advocates say it's important to pitch their ideas to lawmakers before January. They said most of their proposals are "budget neutral."
Nsombi Lambright, executive director of the Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union, said the issues include education, juvenile justice, health care, and the rights of workers, inmates and immigrants.