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Special session agenda not complete, Bryant spokesman says

A top Democrat is calling on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to expand the list of topics for a special legislative session, but the governor’s spokesman says the budget remains the only agenda item for now. Bryant on Tuesday announced that a special session will begin June 5 so lawmakers can set budgets for the attorney general’s office and the Department ...

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Lawmakers say Bryant can use another $50M to cover deficits

Mississippi lawmakers are giving Gov. Phil Bryant permission to withdraw another $50 million from state reserves to cover deficits in the budget year that ends June 30. The House and Senate Tuesday approved Senate Bill 2649 and sent it to Bryant, who is expected to sign it. Bryant has cut $171 million from the state budget since July. He has also withdrawn ...

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Bryant signs bill to outlaw immigration sanctuaries

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Monday banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally, saying he wants Mississippi to help federal agencies arrest people without legal status. Bryant, a longtime critic of illegal entry by immigrants, cited President Donald Trump’s executive order banning sanctuary cities when he signed the law. Since ...

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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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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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Bryant: State workers must take sexual harassment prevention

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he’s requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention. “This should be a low-cost alternative to expensive seminars and provide a standard of prevention in this litigious society,” Bryant said. The move comes months after the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agreed to pay $25,000 ...

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State ‘noncore’ programs under Bryant scrutiny

By JACK WEATHERLY  Gov. Phil Bryant listed what he called three state-supported programs that are not core functions of government, and as such need scrutiny for belt-tightening. The filmmaking industry is one, and has drawn the most public attention since he issued his budget recommendations on Nov. 15. The Legislature will have the final say on the state budget in ...

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Gov. Bryant places priority on reserves in his budget plan

By BOBBY HARRISON Gov. Phil Bryant is placing a priority on restoring state reserve funds in his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1. The second-term Republican governor broke with the tradition of holding a news conference to release his budget proposal and did so instead Tuesday morning via social media. In defending his proposal to ...

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Gov. Bryant believes he’s done cutting budget this year

By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal Gov. Phil Bryant says he does not anticipate having to make any more budget cuts this year to offset sluggish revenue collections. “I think we are in good shape right now,” the Republican governor said recently. “We are within the revenue number.” Bryant said any issues dealing with the budget for the current fiscal year ...

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Bryant defiant as judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

“Like I said when I signed House Bill 1523, the law simply provides religious accommodations granted by many other states and federal law. I am disappointed Judge Reeves did not recognize that reality. I look forward to an aggressive appeal.” — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it ...

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