Reeves Announces His Legislative Agenda

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

First-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he's supporting bills to create charter schools statewide and to require consolidation of three school districts in Sunflower County into one.

In announcing his 2012 legislative agenda Wednesday, Reeves mentioned many items he and other Republicans pushed during campaigns last year.

Reeves said he wants legislators to improve state finances by limiting long-term debt and by resuming the practice of putting 2 percent of state revenues into a rainy day fund.

He says he wants to put new regulations on the way the attorney general hires private lawyers to file lawsuits for the state.

Reeves said he also supports proposals aimed at tracking information about adult males who impregnate underage girls.

Gov. Phil Bryant reacted to the announcement.

"I hope the legislature, as recommended both by Lt. Gov. Reeves and by my Executive Budget Recommendation, will set aside two percent of general fund revenues to bolster state reserves in these tough economic times," said Bryant. "Further, I look forward to signing the Child Protection Act and protecting Mississippi’s children."

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