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Lawmakers primarily focused on cost of expanding Medicaid

JACKSON — Cost is the primary concern for Mississippi lawmakers faced with a decision on whether to expand the state Medicaid program with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Clarion-Ledger reports lawmakers discussed the matter during a joint committee meeting of the Public Health and Welfare and the Insurance committees. After the three-hour […] [...]

Lawmakers urging SEC to appeal decision over Stanford victims’ compensation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting a legal appeal to try to overturn a federal court ruling that would deny compensation to victims of the multi-billion fraud perpetrated by the Stanford Financial Group. Cochran is one of 14 senators who have signed a letter encouraging Mary Schapiro, chairwoman of the Securities and […] [...]

State tax collections exceed forecast, but agencies still face budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi tax collections are up, but lawmakers say state agencies still might face budget cuts during the 2013 session. Because of a sluggish economy, Mississippi still hasn’t recovered from the Great Recession. Tax collections remain below where they were during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008. The Northeast Mississippi Daily […] [...]

Senate approves 60-day extension of federal flood insurance program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) issued the following statement following Senate approval of a 60-day extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in conjunction with an agreement to begin debate on a long-term reauthorization measure in June: “I am pleased an agreement has been reached that will allow a short extension of the […] [...]

Sen. Flowers to resign from Legislature to spend time with family

SOUTHAVEN — Republican Merle Flowers of Southaven says he is resigning from the Mississippi Senate to spend more time with his wife and their four children. The 43-year-old Flowers said today that he would step down as of July 11. His District 19 is entirely inside DeSoto County. Flowers has been in the Senate since […] [...]

Judge orders Rep. Aldridge to pay more than $200K to aunt

TUPELO — A state judge yesterday ordered Rep. Brian Aldridge to pay more than $200,000 to his aunt, whose estate was plundered by his father who held her power of attorney and ultimately wiped it out. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Chancellor Michael Malski ordered Aldridge to pay Florence Aldridge $218,355. Malski said that […] [...]

Bryant signs bill limiting attorney general’s power to hire lawyers

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday signed a law limiting the attorney general’s control of the state’s legal business. The law, which takes effect July 1, requires the attorney general to appoint outside lawyers if he declines to represent an agency or elected official, or if there is a “significant disagreement” with an agency […] [...]

Former state Sen. Lee dies of cancer at age 74

PICAYUNE — Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died today after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012. Lee served most of his career […] [...]

State House recognizes Bomgar founder business success

JACKSON — The Mississippi House of Representatives recently commended Joel Bomgar, founder and CEO of Bomgar Corporation, being the innovative force that created Bomgar, an international provider remote support software. In House Resolution 94, the House of Representatives noted the technological developments made by Bomgar and his company, which have furthered the state’s stand in […] [...]

Federal lawmakers ‘disappointed’ in EPA’s air quality decision

DESOTO COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), in addition to Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.), have expressed their disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to list parts of DeSoto County as noncompliant for air quality standards. The EPA listed northern DeSoto County in its final designations for areas that […] [...]

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