Posts Tagged ‘Legislature’

Committee rejects Bomgar’s nomination to Education Board

JACKSON — The Senate Education Committee has rejected Joel Bomgar’s nomination to join the state Board of Education. Bomgar, the 33-year-old founder of Bomgar Corp. of Ridgeland, saw his nomination tabled on an 8-7 vote. Opponents subjected Bomgar, a Jackson resident, to sharp questioning about his board membership on the conservative-leaning Mississippi Center for Public […] [...]

Election to held for House seat left vacant by suicide

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill a House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Jessica Upshaw. The election is May 14 in District 95, covering parts of Harrison and Hancock counties. A runoff, if necessary, will be June 4. The qualifying deadline is April 15, […] [...]

Fees will not increase on small loans

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are rejecting a plan to raise fees on loans between $500 and $4,000. On a voice vote, House members rejected Senate Bill 2571, with opponents saying it was immoral to raise interest rates on hard-up borrowers. House members technically sent the bill back for more negotiations, but senators didn’t act, killing […] [...]

Abortion-inducing drugs bill passes with no debate

JACKSON — A bill headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says a physician would have to be present when a woman takes abortion-inducing drugs. Senate Bill 2795 also says the woman would have to return to the doctor’s office two weeks later for a follow-up examination. With little explanation and no debate, the Senate passed […] [...]

House says no to appointed school superintendents

JACKSON — Many significant education reforms are sailing toward final passage in the Mississippi Legislature, but one long-sought goal appears to have foundered. House members yesterday voted 66-52 to reject a plan that could have forced the appointment of currently elected superintendents in 21 districts statewide. Senate Bill 2199 had called for elected superintendents in […] [...]

State-backed preschool program bill headed to governor

JACKSON — Mississippi government would directly fund a limited preschool program for the first time under a bill on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant. The House and Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 2395, which would send money to regional groups of preschool providers. The House favored the measure 97-17, while the Senate voted […] [...]

Charter school bill passes House, heads to Senate

JACKSON — Charter schools have cleared their most difficult remaining legislative hurdle in Mississippi. House members voted 62-56 today with no debate to approve a House-Senate agreement on House Bill 369. Charter schools — public schools that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation — would have to be nonprofit entities. So […] [...]

Former tough-talking lawmaker dies on Coast at 79

OCEAN SPRINGS — Mack McInnis, a former South Mississippi lawmaker known for his tough talk on prison issues, has died. McInnis’ daughters said their father died in his sleep Sunday. He was 79. McInnis’ memorable statement about a push to make Mississippi prisoners wear striped uniforms made national news in 1994. “We want a prisoner […] [...]

Non-vote on Medicaid expansion could prompt special session

JACKSON — The Mississippi House yesterday failed for the second time to adopt the Medicaid budget, making a special session highly likely before the fiscal year starts July 1. House Bill 1653 needed support from a majority of elected House members. Instead, Monday’s vote was 57 in favor and 50 against, a few votes shy […] [...]

UPDATE: Charter school bill passes House, heads to Senate

11:20 (AP) Charter schools have cleared their most difficult remaining legislative hurdle in Mississippi. House members voted 62-56 today with no debate to approve a House-Senate agreement on House Bill 369. Charter schools — public schools that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for less regulation — would have to be nonprofit entities. So […] [...]

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