State of the State Address Tuesday Evening

Gov. Phil Bryant will give his first State of the State Address Tuesday on the South Steps of the Capitol, where he will highlight issues facing Mississippi and outline his priorities for the 2012 legislative session.
The address will air live on Mississippi public television, starting at 5:30 p.m.

According to his office, Bryant intends to address education reform, economic development initiatives, budget reform and workforce development plans.

The Mississippi Constitution, requires the governor to update the legislature on the state’s status and advise on potential changes.

According to the State Department of Archives and History, between 1900 and 1912 governors fulfilled the constitutional requirement via written update to the Speaker of the House. It was not until 1918 that a governor actually gave the address to a joint session of the legislature inside the House Chamber.

Tuesday will mark the first time the State of State has been given outdoors, and the public is encouraged to attend.

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