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David Blount

A State Leader for Education
Supporting education is the best investment Mississippi can make in our future. As a member of the Education Committee, Senator Blount is a leader for quality public education in Mississippi. He supports the work of The Parents' Campaign, the state's leading organization promoting quality public schools for all children. As Chairman of the Public Property Committee, he works to ensure the facilities needs of universities and community colleges are met for current and future students.

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Safeguarding Retirement and Civil Service
The Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) provides a secure retirement for state, county, and city employees, including teachers, law enforcement officers, and fire fighters. These employees contribute to the retirement plan every pay period. The average annual payment to a retiree is about $18,000 and is based on length of service and how much the employee earned during their work years.

David believes we must protect the integrity of our retirement system and honor the commitments we have made. This promise includes protecting the cost of living adjustments that are needed. David opposes the idea, backed by some, to shift our stable retirement system to a 401-k style system that ties benefits to risky investment decisions and the ups and down of the stock market.

David strongly supports the civil service protections of the State Personnel Board. Public employees should not be subject to partisan politics. Senator Blount has been an outspoken leader for state workers and against the return of the "spoils system" in state government.

Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence
Senator Blount has written and helped pass laws to protect victims of domestic violence. These measures prohibit insurance companies from using domestic violence as a pre-existing condition (as has happened in other states), add children to the state's domestic violence statute and impose tougher penalties, improve protection orders, and completely re-write Mississippi's stalking laws. David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Protecting and Expanding the Right to Vote
David is the lead author of the Mississippi Armed Forces Absentee Voting Act, signed into law by Gov. Haley Barbour in 2010. He serves on the Elections & Redistricting Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and as one of two legislators in the nation on the advisory board of the federal Election Assistance Commission.

Government Accountability
Senator Blount received the President's Award from the Mississippi Press Association for his work on behalf of open government in our state. He authored the new law that reduces the waiting time for citizens to obtain public records - basic information on your government - and to provide one-stop notice of all public meetings. He has been the lead sponsor of recent efforts to bring campaign finance reform to Mississippi.

David wrote the law to increase disclosure and competition for state agencies leasing private office space and a law to reduce duplication and increase efficiency in state computer operations.

In all special sessions held during legislative regular sessions, David does not accept extra special session pay, returning it to the state treasury or donating to support efforts to improve public schools in Hinds County.
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David Blount for Mississippi State Senate District 29