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Governor calls special session to keep Medicaid afloat

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he’s calling lawmakers into special session at 10 a.m. Thursday to keep the state’s Medicaid program alive and funded once the new state fiscal year begins July 1. The Republican is not asking lawmakers to expand Medicaid, which is an option under the federal health care law […] [...]

Hood says governor cannot legally operate Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi’s governor does not have the legal authority to operate the Division of Medicaid by executive order, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a nonbinding legal opinion issued Wednesday. The opinion from Hood, a Democrat, contradicts Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The governor has said for weeks that he thinks he can run the […] [...]

Governor, MDA leading mission trips to Brazil, Chile

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Sept. 9-13. MDA will also host a preceding business development mission to Chile from Sept. 5-7. The trips are designed to connect […] [...]

Bill amendment aimed at giving state say in La. levee project

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Senate has accepted an amendment authored by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) aimed at giving Mississippi a role in a proposed levee project that could result in new flood threats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast if not carefully studied with input from affected parties. The Cochran amendment was incorporated into […] [...]

Dems crafting Medicaid proposal ahead of possible special session

JACKSON — Mississippi legislative Democrats say they’re working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1. They say they’re doing this in case Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session before the end of June. However, Bryant said last week he believes he can run Medicaid […] [...]

Coast residents to vote on tax hike to fund recreation projects

PASCAGOULA — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation allowing Pascagoula residents to vote on a proposed 2 percent prepared food tax, says city recreation commission chairman Mike McElhaney. The tax would fund recreation projects outlined in the city’s recreation master plan, which the board adopted in October. Senate Bill 2921 was signed into law April […] [...]

Governor says he can run Medicaid; questions challengers

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks he can run Medicaid even if lawmakers don’t reauthorize the program or set its budget by the time the state’s new fiscal year starts July 1. “As head of the Governor’s Division of Medicaid, I will do all I can to continue and to provide Medicaid to […] [...]

State leaders ask Washington for more offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — Six coastal governors have called on Washington to open up more waters to offshore drilling and to make permitting a quicker, more efficient process. The governors of Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Alaska spoke Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Officials from Louisiana and Virginia also […] [...]

Law clears way for UMMC to take over hospital

GRENADA — Legislation that would allow the University of Mississippi Medical Center to take over a hospital in Grenada has been signed into law. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1721. It takes effect immediately. Grenada County has been shopping around the county-owned Grenada Lake Medical Center since last summer. The bill would allow the […] [...]

Governor signs anti-corruption bill, auditor pleased

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering is applauding a new law that he says will help fight government corruption. Gov. Bryant approved Senate Bill 2625 and it is now law with an effective date of July 1. In a release, Pickering’s office wrote: “Under this important anti-corruption legislation, an individual who has been convicted or […] [...]

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