Posts Tagged ‘legislators’

Negotiators close to agreeing on $5.6B state budget

JACKSON — Negotiators at the Mississippi Capitol say they’re close to agreeing on a $5.6 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1. House and Senate leaders were trying to work out some final details at midday today, and they were hoping to file final budget proposals by this evening. That would be […] [...]

House Republicans push through redistricting plan

JACKSON — Mississippi House Republicans pushed through a redistricting plan yesterday that critics say would cut the number of white Democrats in the 122-member body. House members voted 70-49 for the plan, with 63 Republicans and seven Democrats supporting it. House Elections Chairman Bill Denny, a Jackson Republican, said the changes preserve black-majority districts and […] [...]

Controversial voter ID bill heads to governor’s desk

by Wally Northway Published: April 27,2012

Tags: elections, executive, governor, legislation, legislators, Legislature, Politics, voter identification, voters, votes, Voting

JACKSON — A Mississippi voter ID bill is headed to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he supports it as a way to protect the integrity of elections. The final version of the bill passed the Republican controlled House 79-39 yesterday, with strong opposition from black representatives. It would require voters to show a […] [...]

House redistricting plan could kill four Democratic districts

by Associated Press Published: April 25,2012

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

JACKSON — A proposed redistricting plan unveiled today would increase the number of black-majority districts by one, and could target as many as four white Democrats for extinction. That could increase the House Republican majority from today’s 64-58 margin, before considering changes that could weaken other Democrats. The number of districts with secure black majorities […] [...]

New law aimed at recruiting more physicians to state

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law aims to bring more physicians to the state. House Bill 317 was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant yesterday. The law creates the Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce within the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The legislation also creates an advisory board to oversee the new office. Office […] [...]

Bryant signs bill legalizing in-city liquor sales

JACKSON — The governor has signed a bill that would allow a vote on legalizing liquor sales inside the limits of cities with populations of at least 5,000 people. Under Senate Bill 2497 other residents of the county would not have a vote. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill […] [...]

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 […] [...]

MDA director’s salary bill passes; sent to governor’s desk

JACKSON — Private donors could again boost the salary of Mississippi’s state economic development director, under a plan that House members sent to Gov. Phil Bryant today. The House agreed to changes that the Senate made in House Bill 1349, allowing donations to increase pay to the chief of the Mississippi Development Authority. Right now, […] [...]

State lawmakers pass anti-abortion bill

by Associated Press Published: April 11,2012

Tags: abortion, anti-abortion, baby, birth, doctors, health, health care, legislation, legislative, legislators, medical, medicine, physicians

JACKSON — Lawmakers say a bill that passed the Mississippi House yesterday could lead to criminal prosecutions of anyone who performs an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The abortion restriction was added to Senate Bill 2771, which would set a prison sentence of up to 30 years for anyone convicted of child homicide. […] [...]

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