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1 bill to strengthen Mississippi governor advances; 1 dies

Mississippi legislators have advanced one bill to strengthen the state’s constitutionally weak governor but killed another. Senators on Monday reconsidered and killed a bill to let the governor, rather than a board, appoint the director of the state Department of Mental Health. Senate Bill 2567 passed the Senate last week but was put on hold. Senators voted not to release the ...

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Report on state revenue completion lagging

By BOBBY HARRISON With the month of September quickly approaching, the report detailing Mississippi revenue collections for the month of July is still not complete. Normally, the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee has the monthly reports completed within a few days of the end of the month. But the July report has created unique problems. Debbie Rubisoff, director of the ...

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Gunn, Reeves introduce performance-based budget plan

JACKSON — Republican legislative leaders have unveiled a plan they say boosts accountability at state agencies and spends taxpayer dollars on results. House Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves presented the performance-based budgeting plan, “Building a Better Mississippi,” with the support of members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, which Gunn chairs this year. The plan is the ...

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Legislature passes $17M in tornado relief funding

JACKSON — The Mississippi Legislature met in a three-hour session yesterday and approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the funding measure, Senate Bill 2001, and it became law immediately. The governor originally said he would ask lawmakers for up to $20 million. However, officials ...

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Burden of proof bill’s odds of advancing slim

A bill that would require insurance companies bear the burden of proof relating to policy exclusions has passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Insurance Committee. There are varying degrees of optimism about whether the bill will make it out of the Insurance Committee, or will die there. House Bill 203 would codify what has recently become ...

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Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

The Mississippi Farm Bureau recently presented awards at its annual meeting. Longtime cattle and row crop farmer from Clay County and eighth president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau David Waide was named the winner of Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award for 2010. Waide served 14 years as Farm Bureau president and led the organization through many challenging periods including the ...

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