Posts Tagged ‘legislation’

U.S. Senate to vote on 2014 Farm Bill today

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle yesterday and voted to proceed to consideration of the 2014 Farm Bill, paving the way for a final vote on the measure tomorrow. Cloture was invoked with bipartisan support of 72-22. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, […] [...]

Lawmakers pushing for staggered pay raise for teachers

JACKSON — House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers in 2015 and 2016, and a projected raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenue continues to grow at a healthy rate. The House Education Committee approved the plan yesterday, with […] [...]

After Blue Cross/hospitals dispute, insurance legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Insurers would have to accept any medical provider who meets contract terms into their network under a bill moving forward in the Mississippi House. The House Insurance Committee voted 7-6 yesterday to approve House Bill 553, with four members present but not voting. The measure comes after a dispute between Community Health Services, […] [...]

House bill would require more information from insurers

JACKSON — Lawmakers could require insurers to disclose how much they collect in premiums and how much they pay in claims in each ZIP code. House Bill 753 could spark more debate over how much coastal homeowners are charged to cover against hurricanes, as well as make it clearer what areas private wind insurers are […] [...]

Lawmakers debate bills to fire state employees, shorten school year

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature is considering two education-related bills — one passed out of committee while the other was set aside. The Mississippi Department of Education would have the power to fire state employees at will for two years under a bill being considered in the House. State officials say they need the power […] [...]

Bill to finance new UMMC facility passes in committee

JACKSON — Lawmakers are advancing a $31-million bond bill to finance a new medical school building at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. House Bill 787 passed the Ways and Means Committee yesterday. It moves to the full House for more debate. After that, it would go to the Senate. UMMC officials say the current […] [...]

Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the […] [...]

Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough […] [...]

Cochran introduces bill to preserve nation’s battlefields

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the program that helps preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States, including battlefields in Mississippi. Cochran joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act (S.916). The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP) that provides […] [...]

Lawmakers could rethink law on delinquent taxes

JACKSON — State law currently requires the Mississippi Department of Revenue to garnish 100 percent of the wages of a government official or employee should that person become delinquent in paying taxes. Going back to September 2011, a legislative watchdog group recommended the law be changed to allow garnishment of 25 percent to 100 percent […] [...]

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