The bills dealing with the state flag are not likely to pass.
But when asked of the possibility of other legislation dealing with social issues passing during the 2018 session, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, said, “We have worked hard to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child. We have worked hard to pass laws that ensure religious freedom for all Mississippians. We also worked to allow churches to have the ability to enact and implement a safety plan to protect their members. And if an opportunity presents itself to further strengthen those causes, we will work hard to get it done.”
But the second-term lieutenant governor also said legislators would focus on other important social issues or issues affecting children, such as continuing efforts to improve the foster care system.
“These children come from difficult situations, and the state needs to work where it can to get them into a safer environment,” Reeves said. “And in some ways related to that, the Legislature will keep a focus on how the state can address opioid abuse.”