Tag Archives: Mississippi Legislature

House votes for medicinal marijuana oil legislation

March 28, 2014

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Mississippi lawmakers have voted to make the use of marijuana legal— kind of. The Mississippi House of Representatives voted yesterday to make a medicinal marijuana oil legal in the state under tightly controlled circumstances. The House voted 112-6 to pass the final version of House Bill 1231. The Senate still must approve the agreement before […]

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Got dumplings? Squirrel season to start earlier for some hunters

March 24, 2014

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Squirrel hunters in south and central Mississippi won’t have to wait quite as long this year before they hit the woods. A new state law sets Oct. 1 as the starting date for squirrel season statewide, starting this year. It will last five months. The Clarion-Ledger reports that a new spring season will begin in […]

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Lawmakers say no to cities’ request for new sales tax

March 17, 2014

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It appears two Mississippi cities will not receive authority to enact a new sales tax. A Senate chairman said Friday that Mississippi lawmakers won’t authorize Hattiesburg or Greenville to set a 1 percent local sales tax, as the two cities requested. “We’re not going to do that,” Local and Private Committee Chairman Perry Lee, R-Mendenhall, […]

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Tourism officials to gather for ‘MTA Day at the Capitol’

March 4, 2014

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The tourism agency will take center stage tomorrow in the Capital City. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division will join the Mississippi Tourism Association for “MTA Day at the Capitol.” Beginning tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Jackson, tourism professionals from around the state will converge to tout […]

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Road plan calls for repayment of funds to MDOT

February 12, 2014

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At a press conference this morning, Charlie Williams, president of the T1 Coalition, laid out his organization’s proposal on at least a short-term solution to the state’s lack of funding for road and bridge maintenance. T1’s plan does not involve new money. In fact, it’s the opposite — Williams and others gathered at the Capitol […]

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Anti-Lane Linger Enforcement: A law we could learn to love here

February 28, 2013

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Georgia is considering a law we can only hope speedily finds its way from Atlanta’s Gold Dome, west on Interstate-20 through Alabama and on to Mississippi’s Capitol in Jackson. Call it the “Get Out of the Way” law drafted in a state where left lane slow-pokes are typically advised to “either run with the big […]

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Ranks of Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners thins as Fla.’s Scott takes deal

February 21, 2013

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The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out against […]

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(UPDATE) DOR’s destination uncertain as Senate, House differ on HQ site

February 7, 2013

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Whiplash could be a consequence of watching recent action in the Legislature to determine the next home of the Mississippi Department of Revenue. The day before a bill to put the DOR headquarters in downtown Jackson’s Landmark Center via a $7.6 purchase passed the Senate on a 48-2 vote, House Speaker Philip Gunn successfully pushed […]

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Justice Department upholds Mississippi’s new state House, Senate districts

September 14, 2012

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  The U.S. Justice Department has approved Mississippi’s redistricting plans for the state House and Senate. Legislative leaders received word of the approval Friday, the Associated Press reported. The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts had to be redrawn to reflect population shifts revealed by the 2010 Census. Lawmakers approved new plans in the […]

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State tax collections down nearly $5 million in November

December 1, 2011

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The budget balancing that lies ahead for Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and the 2012 Mississippi Legislature just got tougher. The monthly report from the Department of Revenue shows that Mississippi’s November revenue collections fell below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or almost $4.9 million less than anticipated. Adding to the difficulty of the balancing act is […]

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