Posts Tagged ‘bills’

Construction bond package misses legislative deadline

by Associated Press Published: April 30,2012

Tags: bills, bonds, construction, investments, lawmakers, laws, legislation, legislative, legislators, Legislature, state government

JACKSON — A bond package that would have provided funding for repairs and new construction across Mississippi died when a Saturday deadline passed, though the legislature continued making strides yesterday to finish the budget process. Republican Lt. Gov Tate Reeves held his line this weekend, demanding a smaller bond package than the $250 million proposal […] [...]

Negotiators close to agreeing on $5.6B state budget

JACKSON — Negotiators at the Mississippi Capitol say they’re close to agreeing on a $5.6 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1. House and Senate leaders were trying to work out some final details at midday today, and they were hoping to file final budget proposals by this evening. That would be […] [...]

House Republicans push through redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan yesterday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body. House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it. House Elections Chairman Bill Denny, a Jackson Republican, said the changes preserve black-majority districts and […] [...]

House redistricting plan could kill four Democratic districts

by Associated Press Published: April 25,2012

Tags: bills, elections, lawmakers, laws, legislation, legislators, Legislature, maps, Politicians, Politics, redistricting, voters, votes, Voting

JACKSON — A proposed redistricting plan unveiled today would increase the number of black-majority districts by one, and could target as many as four white Democrats for extinction. That could increase the House Republican majority from today’s 64-58 margin, before considering changes that could weaken other Democrats. The number of districts with secure black majorities […] [...]

New law aimed at recruiting more physicians to state

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law aims to bring more physicians to the state. House Bill 317 was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday. The law creates the Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce within the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The legislation also creates an advisory board to oversee the new office. Office […] [...]

Bryant signs bill legalizing in-city liquor sales

JACKSON — The governor has signed a bill that would allow a vote on legalizing liquor sales inside the limits of cities with populations of at least 5,000 people. Under Senate Bill 2497 other residents of the county would not have a vote. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill […] [...]

House could unveil redistricting map today; Senate unsure of timing

JACKSON — The Mississippi House could unveil its own redistricting plan today, capping months of speculation about a new map that could shape lawmakers’ political fortunes for the coming decade. Senate leaders say it could be a few days before a new Senate map is shown to the public because experts and attorneys are still […] [...]

Cochran: Committee-approved funding should advance NASA’s missions

WASHINGTON — Funding outlined for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) by the Senate Appropriations Committee for the upcoming fiscal year should enable the space agency to advance its post-Space Shuttle missions, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says. Cochran is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that has approved the FY2013 Commerce, Justice […] [...]

Senate revives charter school bill; sets up showdown in House

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate revived charter school legislation yesterday, giving new life to a cornerstone of Republican leaders’ agenda. The move sets up a showdown in the House, which has been closely divided on broadening Mississippi’s provisions allowing alternative public schools. An earlier bill was voted down in a House committee. Senators amended House […] [...]

Senators vote to restrict Hood’s power to hire attorneys

JACKSON — Senators still support efforts to limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power to hire outside lawyers. The Senate amended House Bill 211 and sent it back to the House yesterday on a 35-17 vote with little debate. The Senate would limit the share of a verdict that outside lawyers could be paid as a […] [...]

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