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Officials to dedicate segment of highway to late legislator

LEAKESVILLE — A segment of Mississippi Highway 63 in Greene County will be dedicated April 17 to state Sen. George Cecil McLeod Jr., D-Leakesville, who died in 2011. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King says dedication of the “Senator George Cecil McLeod Jr. Memorial Highway” will be at 2 p.m. at the Leakesville Presbyterian Church. […] [...]

Legislators approve final version of religious practices bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers yesterday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups. An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one that Arizona’s […] [...]

Lawmakers pass new bill concerning DOR’s tax collections

JACKSON — Lawmakers are moving ahead with changes to tax collections that the state Department of Revenue warns could ultimately cost Mississippi more than $100 million a year. Supporters, though, say the department’s tax collection powers put taxpayers at an unfair disadvantage, especially after a recent state Supreme Court decision. They also dispute whether the […] [...]

Lawmakers hammer out budget just before deadline

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers has to approve dozens of bills in the state’s $6-billion budget before today’s deadline. Representatives and senators will be getting first looks at some measures for the budget year that begins July 1, because place-holder bills, filed Saturday, were sent back to committees to be rewritten yesterday. Several dozen spending bills […] [...]

Lawmakers recommend six members for charter school board

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state’s first charter school governing board. The Education Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm the six. They have been serving since last summer, since three were nominated by the governor and three by the lieutenant governor. The 52-member Senate […] [...]

Legislators up budget estimates for 2014 and 2015

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers are increasing the estimate of how much money state government can spend this year and next. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee made the changes today after hearing that the state economy has performed well the past several months. Committee members added nearly $150 million to the estimate for fiscal 2014, […] [...]

Bryant signs hurricane deductible bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippians will see uniform rules about when hurricane deductibles apply to their homeowners insurance under a law that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed. House Bill 756, sponsored by Biloxi Republican Scott DeLano, requires Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to rule that higher deductibles apply beginning when a hurricane watch or warning is issued somewhere […] [...]

Senators vote down pay raise for state employees

JACKSON — Mississippi senators yesterday rejected a proposal to give a $1,000 pay raise to all state employees, but a top budget writer said legislators still might consider a raise for lower-paid government workers. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, proposed the across-the-board pay raise, saying employees’ paychecks have remained stagnant while their insurance and retirement expenses […] [...]

Cochran supports House’s version of flood insurance bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is praising the passage of legislation in the House of Representatives that, like a Senate-passed bill he helped write, would protect homeowners, businesses and communities from unreasonable flood insurance premiums without jeopardizing the stability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Cochran said the Homeowner Flood Insurance […] [...]

Reeves, Tollison introduce teacher salary legislation

JACKSON — Current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay over the next 16 months while starting salaries would rise under a plan presented yesterday by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison. The proposal also includes a stipend to reward teachers for academic improvement at schools. “The Senate’s […] [...]

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