Jackson, MS (MLR)- With the Mississippi Legislative session slated to end soon, the House and the Senate passed a bill Tuesday moving hurricane season to the winter. Mississippi’s hurricane season will now run from November 1 through March 31.
Proponents of the bill claim that moving hurricane season out of the summer will benefit Mississippi’s tourism industry.
The sponsor of the bill was Rep. T. Frank Buck (R)- North Derby. “It just came to me one night sitting at the bar at Tico’s”, stated Derby. “I thought, hey, we’re moving squirrel season, why not move hurricane season too, so we aren’t competing with hurricane season in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. It’s stupid having hurricane season in the summer when the beaches are packed.”
State Senator Chris McDaniel stated that he supported the bill. “Our hurricane season is old and decrepit. We need a younger hurricane season without a bunch of earmarks,” McDaniel stated from the wheel of his campaign Winnebago parked outside the capital.
Other republicans applauded the bill as a step in making it easier for Mississippians to legally shoot each other. “I was really sad that after Katrina all the gun-play was in New Orleans,” said Sen. Eugene Tackleberry (R), East Kiln, “I just want to shoot some looter types.”
Democratic leaders also supported the bill. “We think this paves the way for some largess sponsored by the feds,” noted Steve Sands, one of two democrats currently serving in the Mississippi legislature.
Attorney General Jim Hood noted that the bill’s passage occurred the day after his office settled a massive lawsuit on behalf of the state against the makers of Yahoo chocolate drink for $132. Republicans complained that out of state lawyers will make a fortune in contingency fees on the settlement. “The lawyers are going to get, what? Like $30 or something?” asked Andy Wilson, (R), South Bayou View, “that’s ridiculous.”
“This is a great day for Mississippi,” proclaimed Governor Phil Bryant, “moving hurricane season to the winter will aid in my plan to bring a NASCAR super-speedway to Mississippi, so we can have an Indy 500 here.”
When reached for comment, former Governor Haley Barbour said: “Gawd, this just reminds me of why even most of the democrats loved me in Mississippi.”