Posts Tagged ‘state law’

Abortion-inducing drugs now state-regulated

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that regulates the prescription and use of abortion-inducing drugs. He signed Senate Bill 2795, and it becomes law July 1. It says a physician must be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed to end a pregnancy in its early weeks. It also says the woman […] [...]

PSC has no authority over rural water system

JACKSON — Legislation that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed into law clarifies that the three-member elected Public Service Commission does not have authority over rural water associations. Bryant signed Senate Bill 2322 this week. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the bill includes an amendment by Rep. Jerry Turner, R-Baldwyn, to require the rural water associations’ […] [...]

Law clears way for UMMC to take over hospital

GRENADA — Legislation that would allow the University of Mississippi Medical Center to take over a hospital in Grenada has been signed into law. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1721. It takes effect immediately. Grenada County has been shopping around the county-owned Grenada Lake Medical Center since last summer. The bill would allow the […] [...]

Governor signs anti-corruption bill, auditor pleased

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering is applauding a new law that he says will help fight government corruption. Gov. Bryant approved Senate Bill 2625 and it is now law with an effective date of July 1. In a release, Pickering’s office wrote: “Under this important anti-corruption legislation, an individual who has been convicted or […] [...]

ACLU chapter: School prayer can make students feel like outsiders

JACKSON — The ACLU of Mississippi says it supports constitutionally protected, voluntary student-led prayer in school for students who want to pray. What ACLU-MS does not support, it reports in a release, is “any policy or practice that violates the Constitution.” This includes the practice of schools promoting one religious belief over another, “therefore making […] [...]

Abortion clinic continuing to see patients after judge’s ruling

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic continued seeing patients yesterday, the day after a federal judge temporarily stopped the state from closing it. Several people wearing florescent yellow vests labeled “Clinic Escort” helped women find parking places and walked with them into the cherry pink building in a Jackson retail district. Outside an iron fence […] [...]

Abortion clinic preparing for license revocation hearing

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later. The Health Department told the clinic in late January that it intends to take away its license because the facility had failed to […] [...]

Legislation would prohibit local food regulations

JACKSON — No one’s trying to take away supertanker-sized soda drinks in Mississippi, but state lawmakers have passed a bill to make sure they never do. House Bill 1182 would prohibit counties and cities from creating food regulations such as requiring nutritional labeling at restaurants, banning junk foods and keeping toys out of meals. Food […] [...]

Federal law-nullification bill killed by committee chair

JACKSON — Mississippi, a state that defied federal authority during the Civil War and the civil rights movement, won’t revive its efforts to nullify federal laws — at least not this year. Republican Scott DeLano, of Biloxi, chairman of the state House Constitution Committee, has killed a bill that sought to neutralize federal laws that […] [...]

State lawmakers file bill to nullify federal law

JACKSON — Mississippi defied the union during the Civil War and civil rights era, and at least two lawmakers think it is time to do so again. Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith, both of Columbus, filed a bill this month to form the Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of Federal Laws. […] [...]

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