Posts Tagged ‘Legislature’

Bill: Let home school students play public school sports

JACKSON — Mississippi home school students would be able to participate in sports and extracurricular activities at their local public schools under a bill moving forward in the state Senate. The Senate Education Committee approved it on a split voice vote Tuesday, sending it to the full Senate for further debate. Proponents say home school students […] [...]

Plan would give up to $1.5M to music recording, concerts

JACKSON — Mississippi license plates and highway welcome signs proclaim the state as the Birthplace of America’s Music, bowing to the state’s blues heritage. Now, a legislative proposal wants to pay to make sure more music makes a home in Mississippi. The House Tourism Committee passed House Bill 907 on Wednesday, moving to subsidize some […] [...]

Reeves: Eliminate inspection stickers, revamp school funding

by Published: January 19,2015

Tags: Business, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, Tate Reeves

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to eliminate Mississippi’s $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker and decrease the cost for a concealed-carry gun permit. Republican Reeves is seeking his second term, and he announced his election-year legislative agenda Monday during a speech at the Capitol. He says he wants to revamp the school […] [...]

Musgrove asks judge to order state to pay school districts

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove asked a judge Wednesday to order the state to pay money that 21 school districts say they are owed from past school underfunding. Musgrove, a Democrat who helped write the Mississippi Adequate Education Program and push it into law in 1997 when he was lieutenant governor, also asked […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL: Key legislative issues for business owners

With the mid-term elections behind us and Congress returning to Washington soon, business owners and operators are wondering what the new year may have in store for them.  Here are four key national issues that could affect how you run your business in the years ahead: Immigration Reform There’s ongoing debate nationwide over the need […] [...]

Ward elected No. 2 leadership post in Senate

JACKSON — Mississippi senators have unanimously elected one of their Republican colleagues, Giles Ward of Louisville, as the new president pro tempore, the Senate’s second-highest leadership post. He will preside over the Senate when Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is unavailable. As pro tem, Ward succeeds Republican Terry Brown of Columbus, who died in September. […] [...]

And away we go — Mississippi lawmakers begin their 3-month session

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and JEFF AMY JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature has started its 2015 session. The 122-member House and 52-member Senate gaveled to order at noon Tuesday at the state Capitol. During the next three months, lawmakers will consider bills to shape public policy for education, health care, transportation and other issues. They face a […] [...]

Prosecutors’ wish list seeks to broaden death penalty

VICKSBURG — Mississippi prosecutors are asking the Legislature to broaden the death penalty to include mass shootings and terrorist acts. “We’re trying to make the killing of two or more persons in a single instance capital murder so that the death penalty may be used,” District Attorney Ricky Smith of Vicksburg told The Vicksburg Post. The Mississippi […] [...]

Dems offer alternative plan for Miss. FY16 budget

by Published: December 11,2014

Tags: Business, Democrats, GOP, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are offering their own budget proposal that they say would pump more money into education. Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory and Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson released the plan on behalf of their colleagues Thursday. It came two days after the Republican-led Joint Legislative Budget Committee released its […] [...]

Top Miss. lawmakers release FY16 budget blueprint

by Published: December 9,2014

Tags: budget, Business, Legislature, Mississippi, NEWS, Phillip Gunn

JACKSON — Top lawmakers are proposing a slightly smaller Mississippi budget for the coming year, despite their expectation that state revenue will increase. The 13-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee on Tuesday released its $6 billion spending blueprint for fiscal 2016, which begins July 1. House Speaker Philip Gunn says the plan could be changed once […] [...]

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