LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Speaker of the House Philip Gunn met with Pine Belt residents Thursday morning in Laurel to discuss a number of issues as part of his 2nd annual Mississippi Solutions-An Ideas Tour.
About 50 people from Laurel, Hattiesburg, Quitman and other areas gathered at the Laurel Train Depot to speak to Gunn about Medicaid expansion, education, recycling, election reform, gun rights and other topics.
Several local lawmakers also attended.
Gunn has been making several tour stops across the state this week to hear the concerns of state residents and discuss ideas for possible legislation.
"We like to hear from them about the things that keep them up at night, the things they think can improve our state and this provides a great forum for them to do that," said Gunn.
"I think it's a wonderful idea," said Jane McArthur, one of the residents who attended. "It certainly helps everyone to have the opportunity to be heard by their legislators," she said.
"I think we had a good cross section of Democrats, Republicans and independents and just good, concerned citizens that care about their country," said Chris Hodge, another resident who attended.
The tour wrapped up in Pascagoula Thursday afternoon.