Bryant creating legislative agenda

Published: Dec. 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2011 at 6:42 PM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - In a few weeks he'll become the most powerful political figure in Mississippi and when the gavel sounds for the upcoming legislative session, governor-elect Phil Bryant wants his policy agenda to be ready.

"Vision without action is just a hallucination," said Bryant.

Putting the pieces of his political puzzle together Bryant formed 11 policy committees, and appointed chairmen, ranging from education and health care to public safety and energy. Bryant then tapped more than 200 leaders from those same fields to have one big discussion.

"We want to have diversity. We want to have people who have been on the ground," said Bryant.

They come from across the state and Thursday they were in one room, ready to give their input on what challenges the state will face during Bryant's first year in office, such as unemployment, the dropout rate and a strained budget.

By putting those minds in one place, Bryant says solutions for the state's problems can better be addressed.

"We really need your brain power. We really need what it's going to take four the next for years for this very promising administration to make Mississippi a better place," said summit leader Mark Garriga as he addressed the crowd.

After a lot of talk, Bryant says it'll be time for action, carrying what happens inside a hotel conference room to the chambers inside the state capitol.

"We want real substantive material to come out of here that we can translate into legislation," said Bryant.

To make any progress, Bryant must get the legislature on his side and plans to work closely with lawmakers to help shepard any legislation spurred at the summit.

"This is not just an exercise in futility, we really need to implement these goals," said Bryant.

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