Bryant Suggests Legislators Focus on Public Safety

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant he says he wants to make public safety the top focus of the 2014 legislative session, which begins at noon Tuesday. He wants to train more state troopers and create "strike force" groups to help local law enforcement officers in high crime areas.

Bryant also tells The Associated Press he remains opposed to Medicaid expansion, an option under the federal health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. He said he wants to expand community health centers to provide primary care and deter people from going to emergency rooms for routine services.

Bryant says he wants to require drug testing for recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, a government program that provides money to low-income families with children up to age 18.

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