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Legislature drops key part of motion picture rebate package

By JACK WEATHERLY The bad news is that a key component in the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program will fade to black after July 1. The good news is that the cash rebate on 25 percent of the salaries paid to nonresidents of Mississippi is the only part that was lost. Going into the current session of the Legislature, talk ...

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Senate unveils K-12 budget, raising questions on new formula

Senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money from the bill. The Clinton Republican wants ...

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Divorce debate still rolling at Mississippi Capitol

The Mississippi Senate is reviving a proposal to make divorce less complicated for victims of domestic abuse. Senators added divorce provisions Wednesday to House Bill 1356 , a measure originally dealing with protective orders in criminal sexual assault cases. One ground for divorce under current law is habitual cruel and inhuman treatment. Senators removed “habitual.” A House committee chairman had killed a ...

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Bill to expand dyslexia voucher program clears Senate

The Mississippi Senate has advanced a bill that would let students with dyslexia receive public money to attend private or parochial schools that offer specialized services. House Bill 1046 passed the Senate after about two hours of debate Wednesday night. The bill cleared the House on Feb. 9. The Senate made changes, and the two chambers must agree on a final ...

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Process begins in Congress on 2018 Farm Bill

By BECKY GILLETTE Current Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has announced the committee will begin hearings this year to set the stage for writing a new farm bill.  The current farm bill doesn’t expire until 2018, which gives the House and Senate time to work with the Trump Administration to set new farm bill policies, said Chris Gallegos, ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — A primer on the nuclear option

What with all the jabber about the possibility of U.S. Senate Republicans exercising the “nuclear option,” an abbreviated primer on the parliamentary procedure seems appropriate. Senate Rules & Cloture: Yes, the French have a word for everything. As the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest deliberative body,” the 100-person U.S. Senate has long prided itself on allowing unlimited debate.  If a senator desired ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Too many colonoscopies, not enough tattoos

Most strategic planning retreats begin with an opening exercise designed to energize the group and get participants to know each other better. The big issues surface later on during the retreat. However, at one recent retreat the opening exercise exposed a major issue facing the organization. The issue: an aging workforce. The exercise: autograph party. Autograph party, also known as ...

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Mississippi House proposes strong-arming colleges over state flag

Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist. All eight of Mississippi’s public universities have stopped flying the flag because it prominently features the Confederate battle emblem, angering supporters of the banner. The state House voted 57-56 Wednesday to ...

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Mississippi moving to ban immigrant sanctuary policies

The Mississippi House advanced a bill to ban immigration sanctuary policies. Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges can’t prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also can’t give legal status to people who entered the country without permission, such as by issuing an ID card. The bill passed the House Tuesday and will return ...

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Mississippi Confederate flag fight moves to new battlefield

A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” In a state with a ...

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