Despite news last week that Mississippi Senators were discussing a possible delay until the 2021 session began, spokesman Philip Gunn said Monday morning that the plan was to hammer on January 5, 2021 and go through the session as planned.
Several state senators were considering a possible delay in the start of the session due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19, but the House Speaker said he and Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann are not in talks about this.
“We plan to start at this point on January 5th,” said spokesman Gunn, who joined Paul Gallo on SuperTalk Radio.
Gunn said the state constitution requires lawmakers to meet on the first Tuesday after the first Monday, and that there is no flexibility on that start date, as opposed to being able to extend or pause the session like in 2020 .
“We have to show up on January 5th and our intention is to go ahead and meet,” the spokesman said. “Well, that’s one month off and we’ll see how things look then.”
Gunn said it was likely that lawmakers would implement the same security measures as they did at the previous session, including encouraging people to wear masks and staying socially distant by using the intercom while members are spread out across the Capitol and larger Rooms, even the main chamber, are used for committee meetings and time for members to come into the chamber to cast their votes if necessary.
“But the work has to go on and that’s why we will keep pushing,” said Gunn.