Posts Tagged ‘lawmakers’

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 […] [...]

Senate approves voter ID bill; House to do more work

JACKSON — Mississippi voters are a little closer to needing to show photo identification before voting. The Senate voted today in favor of House Bill 921, which would provide framework to set up a constitutional amendment that voters approved in November. However, it remains unclear whether the U.S. Justice Department will approve a photo identification […] [...]

Lawmakers approve phone-deregulation legislation

JACKSON — Mississippi would lose most of its remaining regulatory authority over AT&T under a bill the House gave final passage Monday. Telephone service in Mississippi was mostly deregulated in 2006, ending the Public Service Commission’s traditional power to set rates. House Bill 825 would remove the commission’s remaining ratemaking authority over 30,000 local-only landlines. […] [...]

State legislators to vote soon on redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers soon will be asked to vote on new configurations for their own House and Senate districts. It’s a politically sensitive task that could shape their own re-election prospects — and the prospects of their colleagues and their political parties — for the coming decade. The redistricting chairmen, Sen. Merle Flowers of […] [...]

Bill passes that could close state’s lone abortion vclinic

JACKSON — The Senate has given final passage to a bill that could close Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. The bill would require doctors working at abortion clinics to be OB-GYN certified and have admitting privileges to a local hospital. The clinic’s owner told The Associated Press that all of its physicians are OB-GYN’s, but only […] [...]

House chairman abandons attempt to revive immigration-enforcement bill

JACKSON — A Mississippi House chairman today abandoned his effort to revive tougher immigration enforcement provisions that included requiring local police to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities. The bill, which was killed earlier this week by a Senate chairman, now appears to be dead this legislative session. House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy […] [...]

Lawmakers approve workers’ compensation legislation

by Associated Press Published: April 5,2012

Tags: bills, lawmakers, laws, legislation, legislative, legislators, Legislature, workers' compensation

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has advanced a bill to make changes that manufacturers and business groups are seeking in the workers’ compensation system. Senate Bill 2576 passed the House 59-58 today. The bill returns to the Senate for more work. Among other things, the bill says if a worker is injured on the job, […] [...]

Senate bill allows MDA chief to be paid with private-sector funds

JACKSON — The Senate has passed a bill to allow the director of the Mississippi Development Authority to be paid with money raised from private entities. The bill does not cap the MDA director’s salary. If the salary exceeds 150 percent of the governor’s salary, only the portion below that amount would be paid with […] [...]

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