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Work continues on issues facing the state

Parks

BY ZACK STEEN zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Even though the 2018 legislative session ended in April, a lot happened in May.

Sen. Rita Potts Parks said a handfull of items talked about during the session were resolved during the last 30-days.

Among those hot button items include sports betting.

"The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban on sports betting, and this could have significant effects on Mississippi's gambling industry," said Parks. "Mississippians may soon be able to legally participate in sports betting regulated by the Mississippi Gaming Commission."

The opioid crisis has also been in the news with the visit of U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams. He was at the University of Mississippi Medical Center recently to discuss the prevention of opioid overdoses with naloxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids.

"It was a great day when our state health officer Dr. Mary Currier issued an order for all pharmacies to follow standing orders from physicians to sell naloxone without a prescription," said Parks.

Infrastructure, Parks said, took center stage in May.

"At the beginning of the month, Jasper and Smith County supervisors sued Gov. Bryant and several state agencies after the governor closed more than 80 locally-maintained bridges that were deemed unsafe," she said. "The Hinds County Chancery Court denied the supervisors' request, so the bridges will remain closed."

It was also announced Mississippi will soon get a new license plate design.

"The new plates will feature the state seal with the national motto, "In God We Trust," which was added to our seal by the Legislature in 2014," said the Kossuth native.

The new plates will be available in January 2019.