Posts Tagged ‘State of Mississippi’

Bryant signs new public records legislation

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law could decrease the amount of money people pay to obtain public records. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 928 yesterday, and it becomes law July 1. It says that when a person requests government records, a board or agency can only require reimbursement of costs incurred by the lowest-level […] [...]

New welfare drug-testing bill signed into law by Bryant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a welfare drug-testing bill, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash. He said it would help people who are “trapped in a dependency lifestyle.” House Bill 49 will become law July 1. When it takes effect, anyone who applies for Temporary Assistance […] [...]

Developer accused of misusing mall bond funds

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has found Jackson developer David Watkins took funds from a mall project and diverted it to a project to build a new police station in Meridian. Yesterday, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced in a news release that Watkins and his company have been order to pay restitution […] [...]

Lawmakers putting final touches to state budget

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators expect to be busy this week working out final details of a $6 billion budget for the coming year. Among other things, they need to agree on how much to spend on a teacher pay raise plan and whether to fund training for a new group of Highway Patrol troopers. They’re […] [...]

State’s sheriffs to finally get pay raise with new law

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi sheriffs will get their first pay raise in several years, starting July 1. Gov. Phil Bryant has signed House Bill 1409, which collapses eight population-based pay brackets into five. Sheriffs in counties with fewer than 15,000 people will make $75,000 a year, while those in counties ranging from 15,000 to 34,000 […] [...]

Bryant signs hurricane deductible bill into law

JACKSON — Mississippians will see uniform rules about when hurricane deductibles apply to their homeowners insurance under a law that Gov. Phil Bryant has signed. House Bill 756, sponsored by Biloxi Republican Scott DeLano, requires Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney to rule that higher deductibles apply beginning when a hurricane watch or warning is issued somewhere […] [...]

New law allows tax collectors, deputies to get pay raise

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi county tax collectors and deputy tax collectors could get pay boosts up to $6,500 a year. Gov Phil Bryant has signed Senate Bill 2505. It allows tax collectors and deputies to get a $2,000 yearly raise for completing a first stage of official training and another $2,000 raise for completing a […] [...]

Criminal justice legislation passes, heads to Bryant

JACKSON — Legislation to make Mississippi’s criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval yesterday from state lawmakers. The House voted 105-13 and the Senate voted unanimously to send a revised, final version of House Bill 585 to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it. If he does, it […] [...]

Woman accused of submitting false claim for work-related injury

PASS CHRISTIAN — A Coast woman is being charged with insurance fraud, according Attorney General Jim Hood. Paulina Wilkerson, 40, of Pass Christian, turned herself in to authorities at the Harrison County Detention Center following her indictment by a Harrison County Grand Jury on insurance and wire fraud. The indictment alleges that Wilkerson executed a […] [...]

Dispute between city, Hosemann over harbor ends

GULFPORT — The dispute between city of Gulfport officials and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann over who controls the harbor in Gulfport is over. Yesterday, city council members voted to sign an agreement between the city and secretary of state that says Gulfport owns all the dry land at the harbor. The dispute has been […] [...]

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