Posts Tagged ‘American Civil Liberties union’

Lack of state-funded public defender at core of ACLU lawsuit

SCOTT COUNTY — In 1997, the Mississippi Legislature’s reluctance to finance a statewide public defender system prompted then-Gov. Kirk Fordice to recommend fashioning a payment plan to encourage private lawyers to handle death penalty cases — the main concern at that time. Fordice proposed increasing the hourly rate paid to attorneys appointed to such cases […] [...]

Children won’t lose welfare if parents fail drug test

JACKSON — Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent’s benefits are cut off because of positive tests for illegal drugs, according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state’s welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but it was delayed after advocates for low-income families said […] [...]

MDHS postpones implementation of new TANF law; awaits hearing

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has agreed to a request to delay the implementation of House Bill 49, a law that would require TANF applicants to complete a questionnaire and possibly be drug tested, until the end of a public hearing comment period. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Civil […] [...]

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