2020 legislative session will not resume on April 1st

The 2020 legislative session in Mississippi will not be reconvening on April 1. 

When the legislature adjourned for an extended recess on March 18, state leaders announced that the target date to resume the session was April 1 but that was subject to change. 

Now, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have agreed that the resumption of the session will be delayed and no new date has been set. 

A news release from Lt. Governor Hosemann’s office states that he, Speaker Gunn, and members of the legislature continue to analyze the impact of COVID-19 and the new federal stimulus legislation on the state’s emergency response efforts, healthcare facilities, and the wider state budget.  Budget analysts and agencies have advised legislative leadership that all agencies currently have the funds needed to meet the needs of our citizens.

The release goes on the explain that the legislature will not exceed its allotted 125 days for this session by the Mississippi Constitution, and will not incur additional expense.