Yep they did. I’ll add Lieutenant Gov. Phil Bryant put him there. Follow the money guys.
When Victor Hugo said that “there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come,” he obviously did not have the Mississippi Legislature in mind.
Among some legislators, especially committee chairmen, ideas are not nearly as powerful as politics.
This session’s prime example of that is Eugene S. “Buck” Clarke, the chairman of the insurance committee in the state Senate.
A Republican from the Delta town of Hollandale, Clarke continues to be an insurmountable barrier for the Coast’s own David Baria, a Democratic senator from Bay St. Louis.
Baria has tried and tried to get the Legislature to deal with insurance issues that have plagued Mississippians since Hurricane Katrina.
But Clarke has blocked Baria’s every effort because, as Clarke has put it: “I think placing a bunch of mandates on insurance companies increases costs.”
Yet one of Baria’s rejected proposals would permit school districts to combine their purchasing power to save money on insurance coverage.
Clarke appears to be more concerned about insurers making more money than consumers paying less of it to them.