Public Policy Blog

The latest from Southern Bancorp Community Partners’ Policy Team on issues affecting economic security in our markets and beyond.
Advocacy 101: State Decision Makers in Mississippi

Advocacy 101: State Decision Makers in Mississippi

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of blog posts about the legislative process on the state, federal, and local levels, and what you can do to help create and influence policy as a citizen. Entries from the rest of the series are linked...

Advocacy 101: State Decision Makers in Arkansas

Advocacy 101: State Decision Makers in Arkansas

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor's note: This is the second in a series of blog posts about the legislative process on the state, federal, and local levels, and what you can do to help create and influence policy as a citizen. Entries from the series are linked at the...

Advocacy 101: Ideas to Implementation

Advocacy 101: Ideas to Implementation

By Kathryn Hazelett Editor's note: This is the first in a series of blog posts about the legislative process on the state, federal, and local levels, and what you can do to help create and influence policy as a citizen. Entries from the series are linked at the bottom...

2019 Mississippi Legislative Recap

2019 Mississippi Legislative Recap

By Janie Ginocchio In our last blog post, we summarized legislation of interest passed in the 2019 regular session of the Arkansas General Assembly. This week, we turn our attention to the Mississippi Legislature. Below is a summary of and links to select laws passed...

2019 Arkansas Legislative Recap

2019 Arkansas Legislative Recap

By Janie Ginocchio A few weeks ago, we shared exciting news that the Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation making it easier for Arkansans to save at tax time. But Act 774 of 2019 is not the only bill passed during the 2019 Arkansas legislative session that is...

Make Your Voice Heard About Payday Lending

Make Your Voice Heard About Payday Lending

By Kathryn Hazelett Back in 2004, Southern was a part of a group called Arkansans Against Abusive Payday Lenders (AAAPL), whose sole purpose was to remove payday lenders from Arkansas. It took another five years, many hours in court, and strong advocates in both the...