Posts Tagged ‘Legislature’

Alison Premo Black tells road builders ‘Congress must act’

by Published: December 6,2013

Tags: Business, highways, Legislature, Mississippi, roads

During the ongoing debate over adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance here in Mississippi, the state’s road builders have pointed to other states and their success in addressing funding shortfalls. The Mississippi Road Builders Association has been asking — if they can do it, why not the Magnolia State? At its Membership Luncheon held […] [...]

Transportation study group leader proposes $700M tax for roads, bridges

JACKSON — The leader of a Senate transportation study committee proposes the state should levy $700 million in new taxes to support road maintenance as well as some other non-transportation related projects. Sen. Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, said yesterday that the proposal, which would be the largest state tax increase in more than 20 years, is […] [...]

Longtime legislator Barnett dies at 86

BROOKHAVEN — Dr. Jim Barnett, a country doctor and longtime state legislator, has died at the age of 86. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Barnett died Friday at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Services are 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Brookhaven. Burial will be at Riverwood Memorial Park. A […] [...]

Senators have concerns about Common Core education standards

JACKSON — A group of state senators is questioning Mississippi’s implementation of the Common Core education standards even as the state’s schools move to put those standards into place this fall. Sen. Angela Hill, R-Picayune, said Mississippi’s decision to set different testing goals for different racial subgroups undermines the state’s adoption of the standards, along […] [...]

Governor sets elections to fill seats left by mayors

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant has set elections to fill three House seats vacated when incumbents were elected as mayors. Bryant set Nov. 5 as the special election date in Districts 5, 55 and 110. Qualifying for the nonpartisan elections closes Oct. 7. If candidates don’t win majorities on Nov. 5, runoffs would be […] [...]

Former lawmaker Jim Bean dead at 80

by Published: July 8,2013

Tags: Jim Bean, Legislature, Mississippi

HATTIESBURG — Former state Sen. James L. “Jim” Bean of Hattiesburg, who championed rural health care and programs for children, has died at a hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 80. Officials with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home say Bean died Monday at Wesley Medical Center. He had suffered a stroke a few weeks earlier. Funeral arrangements were […] [...]

House passes Medicaid reauthorization during day one of special session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers appear to be on track to renew and fund Medicaid beyond this coming weekend, when the program is set to expire. In the opening day of a special session yesterday, the House voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the existence of the program and to set its budget. Bills also must pass the […] [...]

New Senate conservative coalition forms

JACKSON — Eleven of the 32 Republicans in the Mississippi Senate said yesterday that they are forming a conservative coalition to help evaluate bills. “We are not disgruntled. We are not unhappy. We are not rogue. We are not covert. We are not subversive,” Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, the coalition chairman, said in announcing […] [...]

Democratic lawmakers propose Medicaid expansion alternative

JACKSON — Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are proposing a way to provide health coverage to about 300,000 people without expanding Medicaid. They say Mississippi should enact a plan similar to what Arkansas is proposing — using federal money to help low-income people buy private health insurance. About two-dozen Democrats from the House and Senate […] [...]

Candidates line up for vacant Coast House seat

DIAMONDHEAD — The four candidates running for a South Mississippi seat say they are worried that turnout will be low Tuesday. The Sun Herald reports that the special election falls between a municipal runoff and a general election. Attorney Patricia H. Willis, fourth-grade teacher Sherri Carr Bevis, federal retiree Grant Bower and insurance salesman Tommy Ballard […] [...]

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