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IT’S OVER — Mississippi Legislature adjourns 2016 session

The Mississippi Legislature has concluded its 2016 session. The House of Representatives adjourned for a final time Thursday after meeting briefly and disposing of a procedural block on one bill. That measure allows people in designated districts in certain places to carry alcoholic beverages outside the location it was served. In the first session of a four-year term, Republicans gained ...

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Fate of state tax cuts in conference committee hands

By TED CARTER Whatever chance a tax cut for either Mississippi’s businesses or individuals has this legislative session will be decided by a six-member conference committee appointed by House and Senate leaders. Adding to the difficulties of choices before the conference is a growing tax collections shortfall that represents collections that fell approximately $20 million below projections for each month since ...

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Bill: Let some charter school students cross district lines

Students from Mississippi school districts with academic ratings of C, D or F could cross district lines to attend charter schools elsewhere under a measure moving forward in the state House. Representatives Monday voted 65-51 to approve Senate Bill 2161 , which goes back to the Senate for more work. Now, no students can cross district lines without local permission. ...

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Bill would computerize Medicaid records, audit recipients

The Mississippi Senate passed a narrower version of a bill Monday that would require an electronic records system for Medicaid and a regular audit of Medicaid recipients. House Bill 1116 would hire an outside company to build a computerized record of Medicaid recipients’ information. The Senate version, approved Monday by a committee, requires that Medicaid officials periodically verify recipients’ financial ...

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Analysis: Conflict puts lawmakers’ own speech in peril

  A majority of Mississippi House members voted willingly last week to limit their own power of speech in their own chamber by eliminating something called the point of personal privilege. The decision was an astonishing turn of events led by Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn and his allies, and the change came in response to Democrats requesting that bills ...

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Mississippi Senate advances bill for elected superintendents

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are moving forward with a plan to eliminate the election of school superintendents — an issue that has been debated for many years. The Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would let 55 elected superintendents serve the four years of their current term. After that, the local school boards would hire each district’s top administrator. The ...

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Speaker taps others in GOP to lead most Miss. House panels

JACKSON — The Republican speaker of the Mississippi House is keeping the same leaders for most of the top committees this four-year term. Speaker Philip Gunn announced committee members and chairmen Friday. Republicans remain in charge of money committees — Herb Frierson of Poplarville on Appropriations and Jeff Smith of Columbus on Ways and Means. John Moore remains Education chairman, ...

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Miss. lawmakers start 4-year term with new Senate pro tem

Mississippi lawmakers are at the Capitol to start a four-year term, and senators have chosen a longtime colleague as one of their top officers. Republican Sen. Terry Burton of Newton, who’s been in the Senate since 1992, was unanimously elected president pro tempore shortly after the four-month session was gaveled to order Tuesday. He will rank second only to Republican ...

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Mississippi lawmakers beginning 4-month session

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are beginning their four-month session, and they will spend the first few days getting organized. This is the first year of a four-year term, and about one-fourth of the legislators are new. The session begins at noon Tuesday and is scheduled to end in early May. Legislators will do most of their work on a more than ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Leaders to frame government for new year

Hopefully our state leaders and legislators have good intentions for the upcoming year. Certainly most do.   But, as 18th Century English essayist, moralist, biographer, and lexicographer Samuel Johnson taught, good intentions alone often beget more hellish than heavenly results.   Witness the way our Legislature works. All know tough decisions must be made. Yet, we often see little consensus, mostly ...

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