It’s being called a historic winter storm in Mississippi as 74 of 82 counties in the Magnolia state are being impacted by the continued wintry mix and extremely cold temperatures this week.
Republican Rep. Nick Bain of Corinth played in the icy snow with his kids on Monday morning before attending a short virtual session from the Capitol in the warmth of his living room.
“We met briefly via Zoom on Monday and Tuesday and will reconvene on Wednesday at 2 p.m.,” Bain told the Daily Corinthian. “I believe this may be a first in our state’s history that pretty much all House members have participated in a video call to the Capitol.”
Bain doesn’t expect much actual work to get done this week with a major deadline passing just last week for new bills to be passed out of their original chambers.
Next deadline he said isn’t until Feb. 24 for budget and bond bills and then March 2 is the final day to pass committee bills.
“We are at a good point for the weather to do what it has done,” added Republican Rep. Bubba Carpenter of Burnsville. “We are swapping bills that passed via Zoom.”
Carpenter said he plans to watch the weather and may attempt a trek to Jackson on Friday.
On the Senate side, those lawmakers were still expected to attend short sessions in the Capitol this week.
According to Mississippi Today, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann confirmed that the heat in the Capitol was not working and informed senators that it might not be restored until Wednesday afternoon.
Heating concerns and power outages continue to be a problem across the state. At least 6,000 were without electricity on Tuesday with a second round of wintry weather expected to hit northern Mississippi on Wednesday and temperatures expected to barely reach above freezing through Friday.
Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley said conserving power would be a good idea for electricity during the record low temperatures.
On Twitter, he said doing such would “help preserve our electric supply system as temps plummet and we see historic peak usage in some areas.”
Presley said placing thermostats at 68 or below and shutting off excess lights would be a “big help.”