Posts Tagged ‘Legislature’

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 […] [...]

Board to ask lawmakers for additional $30M for 2015 budget

JACKSON — The College Board will seek roughly $30 million more in state money in the 2015 budget year. The board members voted today to ask the Legislature for the money for Mississippi’s eight public universities. Though the 2014 budget year doesn’t begin until July 1, state agencies begin planning requests for the following year […] [...]

Dems crafting Medicaid proposal ahead of possible special session

JACKSON — Mississippi legislative Democrats say they’re working on proposals to keep Medicaid alive and funded in the budget year that starts July 1. They say they’re doing this in case Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls a special session before the end of June. However, Bryant said last week he believes he can run Medicaid […] [...]

PEER reviews wildlife programs, makes recommendations

JACKSON — Questions have arisen over the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ management of selected wild game in Mississippi (i.e., the waterfowl, turkey and deer management programs), according to the PEER Committee. Also, some citizens have questioned the expanded use of privately owned pens for deer management and whether the use of such […] [...]

House race lures four Coast candidates — for now

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — It looks like there’s going to be a four-candidate race May 28 for the state House of Representatives District 95 seat. The deadline to qualify for the special election to fill the seat held by the late Rep. Jessica Upshaw was yesterday, a state holiday. A spokeswoman with the Secretary of […] [...]

Lawmakers say special session concerns tire manufacturer

CLAY COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol tomorrow for what many hope will be a quick a special session to lure an auto parts maker to the state. Bryant has released few details about the project, beyond saying it’s for Mississippi’s “automobile corridor.” Several lawmakers say an international company […] [...]

Lawmakers to return for special session on mystery project

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s calling lawmakers to the Capitol late this week for a special session on an economic development project. He said today that the session will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. He didn’t give specifics about the project, but said it will create needed jobs for the state. He said […] [...]

Governor to call special session, related to automobile corridor

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday that he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with an economic development project in what he calls the state’s auto corridor. The Commercial Appeal reports Bryant talked about the special session when he was in Oxford for a groundbreaking on an unrelated project. Bryant said he’s […] [...]

New bill makes terrorism punishable by death

JACKSON — Mississippi is set to add terrorism to the list of crimes that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. “The governor intends to sign this public safety measure,” Gov. Phil Bryant’s spokesman, Mick Bullock, told The Associated Press. Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the death penalty if a victim […] [...]

Lawmakers’ disagreement shows divide over Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — Two lawmakers who spoke at a press luncheon yesterday disagreed about whether Mississippi should expand Medicaid, reflecting the partisan split that left the health program in limbo when the House and Senate ended their three-month session last week. Democratic Sen. David Blount, of Jackson, said adding an estimated 300,000 people to Medicaid — […] [...]

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