Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi Legislature’

Pickering praises passage of new auditing legislation

JACKSON — Legislation allowing the State Auditor’s Office to conduct compliance and performance audits on state-funded economic development bond programs has unanimously passed both the House of Representatives and Senate. It is now on its way to Gov. Phil Bryant, who has supported the need for such legislation since his service as state auditor, according […] [...]

Bill repeals law requiring later start to school year

JACKSON — House leaders are giving up on requiring school to start later in August. The House passed Senate Bill 2571 Tuesday, repealing a 2012 law saying public schools can start class no earlier than August’s third Monday. The bill was held for more debate. If House members reject that, it would go to Gov. […] [...]

State Senate approves school-takeover bill

JACKSON — Requirements for the Mississippi Department of Education to take over dozens of struggling schools would be eased under a proposal moving forward in the Legislature. The state Senate approved an amended version of House Bill 455 today, sending it back to the House for more work. Today, the state would be required to […] [...]

Lawmakers debating alternative to Medicaid expansion

JACKSON — The Mississippi House and Senate will attempt to work out their differences on a proposal to expand state subsidies to health clinics. The efforts, proposed by Gov. Phil Bryant, are meant as a partial alternative to expanding the Medicaid insurance program for poorer people. The House passed an amended version of Senate Bill […] [...]

Union-restricting legislation moves forward

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving ahead with a package of bills to restrict some labor union organizing and picketing practices. The House passed a package of five bills yesterday, four of which will return to the Senate for more work because they were amended by the House. The other, Senate Bill 2689, would stop […] [...]

Senate passes teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has unanimously passed Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ plan to raise teacher pay and reward academic progress at schools. Under the plan, current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay by July 2015. The plan also raises beginning teacher salaries to keep Mississippi’s brightest teachers in the state. “This […] [...]

Reeves, Tollison introduce teacher salary legislation

JACKSON — Current Mississippi teachers would see a $3,500 increase in pay over the next 16 months while starting salaries would rise under a plan presented yesterday by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison. The proposal also includes a stipend to reward teachers for academic improvement at schools. “The Senate’s […] [...]

Senate approves sales tax break for outdoor enthusiasts

JACKSON — The Senate has passed a sales tax holiday to encourage sportsmen to purchase firearms and hunting supplies in Mississippi. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says Senate Bill 2425 gives sports enthusiasts a sales tax break on firearms, ammunition, hunting supplies and fishing supplies purchased the first weekend of September. Louisiana has a similar holiday. […] [...]

Hood wants settlement funds to go to prison, courts

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has sent a check to the state General Fund for $52,697,853.73 and a check for $11,167,097.00 to the State/School Employees’ Health Insurance Plan. The money, totaling $63,864,932.73, is the result of litigation involving eight cases as follows: GlaxoSmithKline, LLC (Avandia): $25,219,368.42 BASF Corporation et al (vitamin litigation): $22,509,978.76 LCD […] [...]

Pickering unable to certify education program calculation

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says is unable to certify the accuracy of the FY 2015 final estimate calculation of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP). Members of the Legislature and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) were notified. “I am unable to certify the MAEP calculation again this year because the data used […] [...]

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