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Which bills passed, and which failed, this session?

by Wally Northway Published: May 6,2012

Tags: bills, lawmakers, laws, legislation, legislators, Legislature, Politics, state governmment

JACKSON — Here is a look at some of the major items that passed and failed during the 2012 Mississippi legislative session: PASSED • ABORTION: A bill signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant requires doctors who work at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges to a local hospital and be certified OB-GYN’s. Could close […] [...]

Auditor’s Office tells city to put tax money in escrow

HORN LAKE — The state Auditor’s Office says Horn Lake needs to place money collected from an unauthorized hotel-motel tax into an escrow account until the issue is resolved. City officials told The Commercial Appeal yesterday they have already been doing so. The issue stems from a $2 per night tax on hotel and motel […] [...]

State Legislature wraps up work on redistricting plan

by Associated Press Published: May 4,2012

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

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are finished with their part of redistricting, and new House and Senate maps await federal scrutiny. The Mississippi House voted 70-50 yesterday to approve a state Senate plan that increases the number of majority-black districts and reduces the number of split precincts. The Senate approved its own plan Wednesday. Both chambers […] [...]

Bill cutting Hood’s authority headed to governor’s desk

JACKSON — A measure to limit Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood’s ability to control state legal business is on the way to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The Mississippi Senate voted 34-18 yesterday to pass House Bill 211, after the House voted 64-55 for final passage Tuesday. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans. Hood opposes the […] [...]

State lawmakers pass dual enrollment legislation

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow high school dropouts and potential dropouts to enroll at community colleges, earning a high school diploma while getting worker training. The state already has a law allowing such dual enrollment. But, Gov. Phil Bryant has been pushing Senate Bill 2792, saying it will be […] [...]

Bill passes to consolidate Delta county’s school districts

BOLIVAR COUNTY — Five Bolivar County school districts would be merged into two in 2014, under a bill headed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk. Senate Bill 2760 passed the House 66-53 and the Senate 31-19. It would require that the Benoit, West Bolivar and Shaw districts merge into a new West Bolivar district based in […] [...]

Senate approves redistricting plan; needs House approval

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate today adopted its own redistricting plan that includes more majority-black districts and fewer split precincts. The Senate also rubber-stamped a House map that the House approved last week. The Senate plan still needs House approval. Legislative maps have to be updated each decade to balance the population in the districts. […] [...]

Senate unveils redistricting map; scheduled for vote today

JACKSON — A proposed new map for the Mississippi Senate includes more majority-black districts and fewer split precincts statewide. The Republican senator who led the redistricting effort, Merle Flowers of Southaven, said he’s confident it will be adopted with bipartisan support. “We have worked hard to draw a plan that’s fair and complies with the […] [...]

Lawmakers pass new income tax credit legislation

JACKSON — A bill to give businesses a larger income tax credit when they pay inventory taxes is headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The final version of Senate Bill 2934 passed the Senate yesterday, two days after clearing the House. The bill would increase the tax credit in phases. First, it would double the […] [...]

Workers’ comp legislation headed to governor’s desk

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators offered sharply different views of a bill they passed yesterday to change the way compensation is awarded to workers injured on the job, or to survivors of those killed at work. If Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill, it will become law July 1. The measure is pushed by the […] [...]

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