Posts Tagged ‘Phil Bryant’

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 […] [...]

UPDATED: House subcommittee tosses discrimination elements from religious freedom bill

by Published: February 26,2014

Tags: Arizona, Business, Jan Brewer, Mississippi, Phil Bryant

The Mississippi House of Representatives Civil Subcommittee late Wednesday voted to strike provisions of a so-called “religious freedom” bill that the ACLU and other legal experts said invites widespread discrimination, especially against gay, lesbian and trans-gender people. The action came on Senate Bill 2681, a measure approved 48-0 on Jan. 31 and sent on to […] [...]

Bryant clears way for conservator of county schools

SCOTT COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation authorizing the Mississippi Board of Education to appoint a conservator for the Scott County School District. The Scott County School District is rated “B” by the Mississippi Department of Education. Last week, the Mississippi Board of Education amended Mississippi Public School Accountability Standard 2.3, allowing […] [...]

Board approves temporary rule change regarding loss of school accreditation

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Education has approved a temporary rule that will allow the Commission on School Accreditation and the Board greater flexibility regarding the withdrawal of accreditation in a district that is placed under conservatorship. The rule amends an accreditation policy and that states “any school district placed in conservatorship may have […] [...]

Lawmakers pushing for staggered pay raise for teachers

JACKSON — House Speaker Philip Gunn and fellow Republicans want to give a $1,500 raise to most public school teachers in 2015 and 2016, and a projected raise of around $2,750 over the following two years, assuming state revenue continues to grow at a healthy rate. The House Education Committee approved the plan yesterday, with […] [...]

State rolls out new interactive Mississippi Works program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi has unveiled an interactive resource to pair employers and jobs through the Internet and mobile applications. Gov. Phil Bryant and employment and industry officials announced the launch of the Mississippi Works program yesterday. A website combines an integrated iPhone and Android mobile applications into a real-time, web-based system to […] [...]

Bill to finance new UMMC facility passes in committee

JACKSON — Lawmakers are advancing a $31-million bond bill to finance a new medical school building at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. House Bill 787 passed the Ways and Means Committee yesterday. It moves to the full House for more debate. After that, it would go to the Senate. UMMC officials say the current […] [...]

Poor conditions of schools could spur more consolidation debate

JACKSON — Reports of decrepit buildings, illiterate high school students and bloated employee rolls could fuel another round of school district consolidation by the Mississippi Legislature. Bob Strebeck, who runs the Leflore County system since the state took control last year, told Senate Education Committee members yesterday that conditions in the 2,800-student system are the […] [...]

California company moving some production to state

SHANNON — General Atomics is relocating some product lines from its Electromagnetic Systems Group to Shannon. The company and Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement today in Shannon. Bryant says in a news release that the relocation represents an $11 million investment by General Atomics and will create 80 new jobs. The relocated product lines […] [...]

Session shows divide between Democrats, Republicans

JACKSON — Democrats are starting their third year as the minority party in both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature, and they’re not making life easy for Republicans. The first big House debate of the year was over a welfare drug-testing bill pushed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The four-hour fight demonstrated that Republicans have enough […] [...]

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