Mickens: Relationships are Key to Being Productive this Session

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JACKSON, Miss. (WCBI) — Lawmakers say the key to being productive at the state capitol depends on their relationships with each other.

Republicans have a supermajority this year, and about a fourth of the legislature is new to the job.

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With so many important issues this session, lawmakers will have to work together to get things done.

“If I’ve got a relationship with someone, then the possibility of you working with them is better than the possibility of not working with them,” said Rep. Carl Mickens, (D) District 42. “We’d get to know each other, and we’re all human beings. We’re all created the same, so it shouldn’t be no problem on finding some common ground on some of the issues.”

Mickens says he plans to focus on education and prison reform this session.