My name is Joey Hood and I represent District 35 in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Every ten (10) years the Legislature is required to redraw the legislative districts to account for population shifts. Due to redistricting in 2012, District 35 will now cover parts of Winston County.
I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the citizens of Winston County. I am married to the former Cynthia Oswalt of Ackerman, Mississippi and we have two children, Jonah age 5 and Owen age 3. We are members of Enon Cumberland Presbyterian Church and reside in Choctaw County. I am a graduate of Mississippi State University and Mississippi College School of Law. I am a self-employed attorney in Ackerman. My mother, Jane Wood, is married to Paul Wood of Winston County and they live in the City of Louisville. My stepmother is the former Rita Alexander of the Nanih Wayia community.
I was elected to the House of Representatives in 2011 as a Republican. I serve on Banking and Financial Services, Public Health and Human Services, Public Utilities, Energy, Apportionment and Elections, Judiciary B, and Judiciary En Banc committees. Speaker Philip Gunn recently appointed me to the position of Vice Chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Committee.
I want to hear from the citizens in Winston County if they have any questions or concerns this legislative session. I also encourage citizens to like my Facebook page at Representative Joey Hood for additional legislative updates. I plan to submit a legislative update article each week to the Winston County Journal that summarizes legislation passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives. Below is my legislative update for the week of February 10, 2014.
Two big deadlines faced House members this week as they made their way through the Calendar. Thursday, February 13, was the deadline for Original Floor Action on general bills and constitutional amendments. If a bill was reported out of a committee but was not addressed before this deadline, it died. Friday, February 14, was the deadline for the reconsideration and passage of general bills and constitutional amendments. Monday, February 17, was the deadline to table any remaining motions to reconsider.
Inspection Stickers Eliminated
House Bill 104 eliminates the requirement of an annual inspection sticker for automobiles. I voted for the bill.
DNA Testing Violent Crimes
House Bill 68 requires DNA testing of people who are convicted of violent crimes. Proponents of this legislation hope that enactment of the measure would help prevent the incarceration of innocent people. The bill passed by a vote of 105-15. I voted for the bill.
Statewide Strike Team Act
House members engaged in a lengthy debate regarding Governor Bryant’s Statewide Strike Team Act. If enacted, House Bill 749 would create three strike teams within the state comprised of local law enforcement officers. The strike teams would assist local municipalities and counties throughout the state should local law enforcement request it. The bill passed by a vote of 69-48. I voted for the bill.
Autism Insurance Coverage
House Bill 542 requires the State and School Employees Health Insurance Plan to include coverage for treatment of autism spectrum disorders. I voted for the bill.
Speed Limit Increase
House Bill 1009 increases the speed limit on the interstate from 70 miles per hour to 75 miles per hour. I voted for the bill.
House Bill 705 ensures that in times of distress, a person’s gun(s) may not be confiscated from them if they are in lawful possession. This bill passed 112 to 2. I voted for the bill. House Bill 314 confirms that state law preempts local ordinances as it relates to possession of weapons. This bill passed 85 to 33. I voted for the bill.
Keith Allen Crenshaw Memorial Highway
House members unanimously voted to pass House Bill 616, which I authored, designating a segment of Highway 82 in Webster County as the “Keith Allen Crenshaw Memorial Highway.” Officer Crenshaw gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to protect the citizens of Webster County. The segment of Highway 82 in Webster County beginning at its easternmost intersection with Mississippi Highway 182 and extending westerly to its westernmost intersection with Mississippi Highway 182 shall be designated as the “Keith Allen Crenshaw Memorial Highway.”
Phyllis A. Graham-Steven B. Moss Memorial Highway
House members unanimously voted to pass House Bill 615, which I authored, designating a segment of Highway 9 in Choctaw County as the “Phyllis A. Graham-Steven B. Moss Memorial Highway.” The memorial highway will be a part of Mississippi Highway 9 beginning at the Choctaw-Webster County line and extending southerly to the corporate limits of the Town of Ackerman. The student body requested this bill to honor the memory of Steven Moss and Phyllis Graham.
I would like to thank the people of District 35 for allowing me the opportunity to serve. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. You can contact me at the Capitol at P. O. Box 1018, Jackson, Mississippi 39215 or call (601) 359-3339. You may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website at www.joeyhoodmississippi.com.