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House approves tax, regulation of fantasy sports contests

The Mississippi House has reversed itself and passed a bill to regulate and tax operators of daily fantasy sports contests. House Bill 967 failed Wednesday, but it passed after a second vote Thursday. The bill would set an 8 percent tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate fantasy sports contests online or in casinos. Mississippi legalized fantasy sports contests ...

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Bills would empower Mississippi’s legally weak governor

Mississippi lawmakers passed three measures Thursday that could strengthen the traditionally weak powers of the governor. Senate Bill 2567 would allow Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint the director of the Department of Mental Health, who is currently named by a freestanding board, while House Bill 1425would allow the governor to veto any new regulation proposed by some boards. Meanwhile, House members also ...

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1 lottery bill remaining after 2 chances fizzle in House

Lottery supporters in the Mississippi House snatched defeat from the jaws of victory Wednesday, leaving only one bill that could be used to create the statewide game of chance. The defeat happened when House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, ruled that a lottery amendment could be considered as part of House Bill 967, a measure to regulate and set a tax ...

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Gov. Bryant flips on trade pact since 2015

By JACK WEATHERLY Gov. Phil Bryant said in a December 2015 interview that he supported the United States joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “I hope it’s approved, and I hope that we’re a strong part of it,” Bryant told the Mississippi Business Journal. Yet Bryant, a staunch supporter of Donald J. Trump, who has since been elected president and “vetoed” America’s ...

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Mississippi considers firing squad as method of execution

Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as execution methods in case a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs. Republican Rep. Andy Gipson says House Bill 638 is a response to lawsuits by “liberal, left-wing radicals.” The bill passed the House amid opposition Wednesday, and moves to the Senate. Lethal injection is Mississippi’s ...

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Bryant names former justice Ann Lamar to College Board

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming recently retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia to the College Board. The 64-year-old Lamar replaces Karen Cummins, a trustee who died from cancer in January, representing the northern third of the state. Senators must confirm Lamar’s nomination to 12-member board, which oversees Mississippi’s eight public universities. She would serve the remainder of ...

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Proposed updates to election laws OK’d in Mississippi House

Proposals to update some Mississippi election laws are advancing in the Legislature. The House passed two bills Tuesday, sending them to the Senate. House Bill 373 would authorize online, first-time voter registration for people with a valid Mississippi driver’s license. House Bill 1054 would create a group to study a system to restore voting rights for people convicted of nonviolent felonies such ...

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3 chances for lottery, but all could fizzle in House

The Mississippi House could have multiple ways to vote on creating a lottery in the next several days. But Speaker Philip Gunn opposes the game of chance and the proposals could die without ever coming up for debate. Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville has tried to amend two bills to add a lottery. House Bill 967 would regulate and ...

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Mississippi lawmakers pledge school funding details soon

Top Mississippi lawmakers say a new K-12 school funding formula will be unveiled this week and it won’t raise the share that local districts must pay. House Appropriations Committee Chairman John Read, a Gautier Republican, says he expects a plan “in the next couple of days.” Placeholder bills could be amended with details as lawmakers consider them before a Thursday ...

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Mississippi Senate approves bill sending BP damages to coast

Mississippi senators want to create a new savings account channeling damage payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to projects on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 2634 , which would create an account to $750 million in receive economic damages that BP has agreed to pay to Mississippi over 17 years. The measure ...

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