January 23, 2012 In News
JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant will give his first State of the State Address on Tuesday on the South Steps of the Capitol, where he will highlight issues facing Mississippi and outline his priorities for the 2012 Legislative Session.
The address begins at 5:30 p.m.
Bryant intends to address education reform, economic development initiatives, budget reform and workforce development plans.
“This is an exciting time for Mississippi, and I look forward to working together with the Legislature to move this state forward,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.
Mississippi’s governor delivers an annual State of the State address because the state constitution requires the governor to update the Legislature on the state’s status and advise on potential changes.
According to the State Department of Archives and History, between 1900 and 1912 governors fulfilled the constitutional requirement via written update to the Speaker of the House. It was not until 1918 that a governor actually gave the address to a joint session of the Legislature inside the House Chamber.
Tuesday marks the first time the State of State has been given outdoors, and the public is encouraged to attend.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting will air a live broadcast of Tuesday’s address and will also stream live coverage online at www.mpbonline.org.