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This issue marks the start of Today in Mississippi’s 70th year of publication. Our first issue was mailed to members in January 1948 as the post-war rural electrification effort in Mississippi was expanding rapidly, making it possible for more residents to have electric light for the first time in their lives.
Another important anniversary comes around this year: Mississippi’s 200th year of statehood. Mississippi became the 20th state in the nation on Dec. 10, 1817, when President James Madison signed the resolution enabling citizens to form a constitution and state government.
Communities around the state will celebrate the Mississippi Bicentennial with events held throughout the year.
If you haven’t been in the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson since its 2009 restoration, I highly recommend making plans to visit this beautiful and fascinating site. Exhibits focus on the historical building itself and major events that have taken place there. On exhibit until Jan. 6 is the 1817 Mississippi Constitution and 20-Star Flag Exhibit. e rare 20-star flag was the first American flag to include Mississippi.
The highlight of the year-long bicentennial observance will be the opening in December of two new “world class” museums in Jackson, the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Excitement has been mounting in the capital city as we’ve watched the buildings rise on a spacious lot across the street from the state fairgrounds.
Visitors will be able to walk from these two museums to the William F. Winter Archives & History Building, the War Memorial Building and the Old Capitol Museum. e Governor’s Mansion and the new Capitol are only a few blocks away. Taken together, these institutions paint a complete picture of Mississippi through its history, government, culture and architecture.
Speaking of government, the 2017 regular session of the Mississippi Legislature convenes at noon on Jan. 3. Do you know who represents your interests in the legislature? You can find pictures of local legislators on the center pages of this issue.
For more complete information, look to the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Legislative Roster. ECM produces the digital roster each year as a guide to state senators and representatives. The roster provides an easy way to identify legislators and all state elected officials, view their biographical information and get contact information. The roster also lists the latest committee assignments for legislators.
Find the roster online at ecm.coop; click on “Government Relations” and “Legislative Roster.”
The roster is also available as a free app for your mobile device. Search for “Mississippi Legislative Roster” in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Your local electric cooperative is part of a statewide network of electric cooperatives who not only deliver reliable electric service but guard that service from harmful legislation. We constantly monitor proposed bills to ensure they will not adversely affect your electricity’s cost or reliability.
As member-owned, not-for-profit cooperatives, we work to provide safe, reliable electric service at the least cost possible. at service includes acting as your legislative watchdog.
No legislator wants to cause you to pay more for electricity, but increased cost can be an unintended consequence of a proposed bill. We work closely with legislators to prevent that from happening. They appreciate our input and we are grateful for their cooperation.