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Senate approves redistricting plan; needs House approval

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate today adopted its own redistricting plan that includes more majority-black districts and fewer split precincts. The Senate also rubber-stamped a House map that the House approved last week. The Senate plan still needs House approval. Legislative maps have to be updated each decade to balance the population in the districts. The redistricting chairman, Republican Sen. ...

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Bryant signs stronger-beer legislation into law

JACKSON — Mississippi’s sole brewery will soon be able to make stronger beer to sell outside the state. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2370 into law yesterday, which allows breweries to manufacture and sell beer with more than 8 percent alcohol by weight to states that allow sales of stronger beer. Mark Henderson, co-owner of Mississippi’s only brewery, Lazy ...

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Senate unveils redistricting map; scheduled for vote today

JACKSON — A proposed new map for the Mississippi Senate includes more majority-black districts and fewer split precincts statewide. The Republican senator who led the redistricting effort, Merle Flowers of Southaven, said he’s confident it will be adopted with bipartisan support. “We have worked hard to draw a plan that’s fair and complies with the law,” Flowers said as the ...

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Legislature completes work on $5.6B state budget

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers have completed their part of the state budget process, passing a final batch of appropriations bills. The overall $5.6 billion budget is for fiscal 2013, which begins July 1. The House and Senate yesterday passed bills giving funds to the Mississippi Development Authority, the Department of Finance and Administration, and the Department of Public Safety, among ...

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Lawmakers pass new income tax credit legislation

JACKSON — A bill to give businesses a larger income tax credit when they pay inventory taxes is headed to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The final version of Senate Bill 2934 passed the Senate yesterday, two days after clearing the House. The bill would increase the tax credit in phases. First, it would double the ceiling on the credit to ...

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Workers' comp legislation headed to governor's desk

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators offered sharply different views of a bill they passed yesterday to change the way compensation is awarded to workers injured on the job, or to survivors of those killed at work. If Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill, it will become law July 1. The measure is pushed by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and other ...

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Senate expected to unveil redistricting plan today; vote tomorrow

JACKSON — Mississippi Senate leaders plan to reveal redistricting plans for the chamber this afternoon, with the intention of asking the full Senate to approve the map tomorrow. Republican Sen. Merle Flowers, of Southaven, is redistricting chairman for the 52-member chamber. He said Monday that the proposed new map should make most senators happy. “I think we will post a ...

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Bryant signs bill removing port from state oversight

GULFPORT ­ — Legislation that removes the Port of Gulfport and its $570 million post-Hurricane Katrina expansion and renovation from state government oversight has been signed by the governor. House Bill 1091 took effect with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature this past week. The bill exempts the Port of Gulfport from state-agency bidding and purchasing oversight and declares it to be ...

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Construction bond package misses legislative deadline

JACKSON — A bond package that would have provided funding for repairs and new construction across Mississippi died when a Saturday deadline passed, though the legislature continued making strides yesterday to finish the budget process. Republican Lt. Gov Tate Reeves held his line this weekend, demanding a smaller bond package than the $250 million proposal by House leaders. Reeves told ...

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