McLean: State should do extra for girls, kids

McLean: State should do extra for girls, kids

McLean: State should do extra for girls, kids
Dana McLean

If District 39 Rep. Dana McLean leaned into one message Tuesday on the Columbus Rotary Membership, it was doing extra for girls.

McLean is serving her first time period within the legislature. She was elected in 2019. McLean works as a Realtor and can be a lawyer.

Within the wake of the USA Supreme Court docket overturning Roe v. Wade, she stated the state should do extra for girls and youngsters.

In June the court docket used a Mississippi lawsuit, Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group, to strike down the federal proper to an abortion, as a substitute turning the problem over to states. Within the wake of the choice many states, together with Mississippi, have partially or wholly banned abortions.

“There are such a lot of single moms, and we should do extra for the training of their kids,” McLean informed Rotary membership members at Lion Hills Middle. “We have to see extra of a pre-kindergarten program and extra reasonably priced baby care. We additionally want to enhance the foster care program, make adoption extra reasonably priced and vet these future mother and father very effectively.”

Baby care for brand spanking new moms additionally must be prolonged, she stated.

“We’re telling these girls they will need to have their infants, and now we have now to step up for them,” she stated. “We have to give Medicaid to these moms for longer than 60 days. We’ve got so many youngsters having infants, and so they’re not prepared. They need assistance. We have to lengthen it as much as 12 months.”

The state lastly, after years of effort, handed an equal pay act, she stated, calling it “some of the vital payments we handed this 12 months.”

“Mississippi was the final state to go an equal pay regulation,” she stated. “It’s a disgrace. For years there have been legislators that had been pushing this. We and Alabama had been the final two. Alabama beat us to the draw.”

The regulation applies each methods and isn’t only for girls, she stated.

“(The Mississippi Equal Pay Act) supplies no employer shall pay an worker a wage at a fee lower than an worker of the other intercourse is being paid,” she stated. “That’s with all of the {qualifications} being equal, related abilities, related expertise, related training.”

McLean stated she authored a invoice altering the authorized definition of rape, nevertheless it didn’t go.

“Mississippi statute defines rape as ‘lavishing of a feminine of beforehand chaste character,’” she stated. “Does that sound like one thing from the 1800s? It does to me.”

She stated prosecutors are utilizing the sexual assault statute to prosecute rape, however she desires to replace the precise rape statute.

“That invoice handed overwhelmingly within the Home, and it failed within the Senate,” she stated. “Management had an issue with the removing of the spousal protection. There’s a protection in case you are married to the sufferer. That’s one thing that actually must be corrected.”

Rape additionally doesn’t simply occur to females, she stated.

“My invoice additionally acknowledged it occurs to an individual, not only a feminine,” she stated.

In different motion, McLean highlighted the passage of Buddy’s Regulation, which has to do with the torture of animals.

“Buddy is a canine that was burned severely by a baby,” she stated. “… There was nothing that could possibly be completed to the kid. Buddy’s Regulation would require psychiatric analysis for any baby charged with ‘the intentional torturing, mutilating, maiming, burning, ravenous to loss of life, crushing, disfiguring, drowning, suffocating or impaling’ of a domesticated canine or cat.”

The canine survived the encounter and was handled on the Mississippi State College School of Veterinary medication. Buddy attended the signing, McLean stated.

Brian Jones is the native authorities reporter for Columbus and Lowndes County.

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