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Bill: Let people sue over gun-carry bans on public property

Mississippi residents with a certain type of gun license could sue governments, universities and schools for defying a law meant allow them to carry guns almost anywhere on government property. Representatives on Wednesday approved House Bill 1083 , sending it to the Senate for more debate. The Legislature in 2011 passed a law allowing enhanced concealed carry licenses for gun owners after ...

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Medicaid expansion debate pops up in Senate

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The issue of Medicaid expansion, which seldom is debated in the Mississippi Legislature, was briefly the topic of conversation Tuesday in the state Senate. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, bemoaned that working people, who cannot afford private insurance, were having to go without health care because the state would not expand Medicaid as allowed under ...

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Mississippi House OKs equal pay, sending proposal to Senate

The Mississippi House has passed a bill requiring equal pay for equal work by women and men. The provision was added to House Bill 1241 , which would ban local governments from creating their own employment laws. For example, a city council could not set a higher local minimum wage. On Friday, Democratic Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson persuaded the House to ...

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PSC brings Kemper plant saga to an end

By JACK WEATHERLY An eight-year struggle over a troubled “clean-coal” power plant came to an end Tuesday before the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The commissioners voted unanimously during a meeting to bring the case to a close and then discussed at a press conference that the resolution of the Mississippi Power Co. case would actually mean a 2.4 percent reduction ...

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State revenue collections continue modest rebound

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – State revenue collections, which have been subpar in recent years, continue to make a modest rebound. Revenue collections through the month of January for the current fiscal year are $52.1 million, or 1.8 percent, above collections during the same time period for the last fiscal year, according to a report compiled and ...

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Proposal would erase 4-year limit on university contracts

A senator says Mississippi could better compete for professors if the state did not limit university contracts to four years at a time. Republican Sen. Terry Burton says many other states don’t have the four-year limit that is in the Mississippi Constitution . On a split vote Monday, senators adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 547 , which would erase the limit. The proposal was held ...

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Mississippi regulators set to approve deal on utility rates

Mississippi utility regulators are likely Tuesday to approve a settlement on how much Mississippi Power Co. customers should pay for a troubled $7.5 billion power plant. Once touted as a model for the future of coal, the state Public Service Commission forced the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. quit construction in 2017, with shareholders absorbing about $6 billion in losses. ...

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City to use Katrina recovery money to seek end to flood woes

Mississippi’s second-largest city could use recovery money from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina to seek a solution to a neighborhood’s flooding problem. WLOX-TV reports that the Gulfport City Council will consider hiring an engineering firm Tuesday to investigate flooding and propose solutions. Businesses along the stretch of U.S. 49, a central artery in the city, have long complained that unmaintained ditches and a ...

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Analysis: Senators argue over state tax diversion to cities

Democratic Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory is generally regarded as one of the smartest people in the Mississippi Capitol, even by those who oppose him ideologically and those who roll their eyes at his occasional finger-pointing, vein-popping rants about public policy. The 65-year-old attorney earned his law degree at the University of Virginia. He has served in the state Senate since January ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Early intervention with disadvantaged children has high ROI

Gov. Phil Bryant kicked off a recent seminar at the Civil Rights Museum auditorium featuring Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. James Heckman. An expert in the economics of human development, Dr. Heckman spoke on “Making the Case for Investing in High Quality Early Childhood Education in Mississippi.” The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the University of ...

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