Posts Tagged ‘legislative’

New law allows tax collectors, deputies to get pay raise

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi county tax collectors and deputy tax collectors could get pay boosts up to $6,500 a year. Gov Phil Bryant has signed Senate Bill 2505. It allows tax collectors and deputies to get a $2,000 yearly raise for completing a first stage of official training and another $2,000 raise for completing a […] [...]

Criminal justice legislation passes, heads to Bryant

JACKSON — Legislation to make Mississippi’s criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval yesterday from state lawmakers. The House voted 105-13 and the Senate voted unanimously to send a revised, final version of House Bill 585 to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it. If he does, it […] [...]

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 […] [...]

House members add more than $61m to Senate’s bill

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving toward negotiations on state borrowing in the 2015 budget year. House members yesterday added $61.2 million before passing Senate Bill 2975. Representatives are seeking $30 million to allow the North Central Mississippi Regional Rail Authority to buy a rail line, $20 million to aid Tupelo’s Cooper Tire and Rubber […] [...]

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 […] [...]

OSHA backs off regulations on small farms’ grain storage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are pleased that small family-owned farms will not be subjected to unlawful scrutiny by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Under pressure from Cochran, Wicker and other lawmakers in the Senate and House, OSHA has agreed to withdraw its 2011 guidance memorandum on […] [...]

Senate committee approves Wright as state superintendent

JACKSON — State Superintendent Carey Wright is one step closer to being confirmed to her post. The Senate Education Committee voted 14-1 today in favor of Wright, who was hired by the state Board of Education to lead Mississippi’s public schools. The measure goes next to the full Senate for consideration. Wright, who previously worked […] [...]

Holland returns to hospital after surgery to get shunt

PLANTERSVILLE — A longtime state lawmaker was back in a Jackson hospital to have a medical shunt installed to help with drainage from the gallbladder surgery he underwent last week. Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson last week after having abdominal pain. The first […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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