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Court sets hearing on rewording initiative ballot

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court said Friday oral arguments will be heard June 9 on a lawsuit challenging a judge’s decision to reword a legislative alternative to an education funding ballot initiative.

Briefs are to be filed by June 1.

The citizen-led Initiative 42 would require lawmakers to fund “an adequate and efficient system of free public schools.” People could sue if funding falls short.

The Legislature put an alternative, Initiative 42-A, on the ballot. It originally said lawmakers must fund “an effective system of free public schools.”

Circuit Judge Winston Kidd on April 2 rewrote the title of 42-A to say the Legislature should fund “effective public schools” but specify there’s no court appeal.

Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Bryant are asking the Supreme Court to reject Kidd’s decision.

 

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