With the 2014 legislative session set to begin in a couple of weeks, members of the House of Representatives are gearing up for what looks to be a busy year.
For House members in the Greenwood legislative delegation, 2014 is a year in which a host of ideas and initiatives could come to fruition.
Democratic District 12 state Rep. Anne Parks has been serving in Columbia for more than a decade. She said she is looking forward to the 2014 session and is entering the session ready to listen, learn and work.
“After all these years, I’m kind of open,” Parks said. “Sometimes a session can be very unpredictable. A lot of people don’t think about it, but on the House side, you have 124 different individuals that have to come together, most of the time, to one mind. And that’s a lot. So, I try to keep an open mind.

“I have found true that expression some people say as a joke: ‘Sometimes politics makes for strange bedfellows that get things accomplished.’ I try to keep an open mind.”
Parks said she will continue to work to try to get a section of U.S. 178 — from Mount Pisgah Baptist Church to Mays Crossroads — named in memory of civil rights pioneer and Greenwood County native Benjamin E. Mays. Parks has pre-filed a bill regarding the road name.
She said she wants the issue to be handled in such a manner that those who live on that stretch of road will not have to change their addresses.