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Analysis: Mississippi legislators love to try to micromanage

Every year, Mississippi legislators deal with bills that could fall under the heading: Things You Shouldn’t Have to Tell a Sensible Adult. A case in point this year is Senate Bill 2305 , which says drivers must slow down and give space on the road to rural mail carriers who are making deliveries. Failure to do so would be a misdemeanor punishable ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Concentrated power on rise in Mississippi Legislature

Concentrated power in the Legislature waxes and wanes with the attitudes of rank and file members. At times, Speakers of the House and Lieutenant Governors have wielded dictator-like power. At other times, members have risen up and made the bodies operate more democratically. Concentrated power is waxing once again as rank and file legislators cede power to their leaders.   The Mississippi ...

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Fantasy sports bill approved, could mean small revenue bump

By BOBBY HARRISON The Mississippi Legislature, struggling for ways to fund state government in the midst of sluggish revenue collections, should have at least a little help on the way. On Wednesday, the 52-member Senate approved with six no votes and sent to Gov. Phil Bryant legislation regulating and taxing fantasy sports. If Bryant signs the legislation into law, it will ...

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Analysis: Bills pass unseen in latest road-money drama twist

It’s one of the eternal truths of the Mississippi Legislature: Most lawmakers vote on bills they haven’t read. That may not square with the idealized, Schoolhouse Rock-vision of the legislative process that’s taught in civics, but there are just too many bills. And unlike in Congress, Mississippi lawmakers don’t each have paid staff members to examine bills for them. Typically, ...

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Miss. could lift civil-service protection for most agencies

Legislators are debating whether to remove civil-service protection for most Mississippi state government employees for three years. The proposal is in House Bill 974 , which passed the House on a split vote Thursday. Opponents held it for the possibility of another debate on another day. Supporters say removing Personnel Board supervision from most state-service jobs would give directors the flexibility to ...

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Mississippi school funding proposal splits education allies

A proposal to change how Mississippi pays for schools is splitting traditional allies in the education community. Some want to hold out for the current formula, noting a consultant’s proposal would still come up $96 million short of the state’s legal obligation today, according to projections by The Associated Press. Others, though, say they’ve given up on Republicans ever embracing ...

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State agencies could face 1-year ban on buying vehicles

Mississippi could put the brakes on the purchase of vehicles for most state government agencies for one year. It’s one of many ways lawmakers are trying to cut costs as they deal with a tight state budget. The vehicle proposal is in House Bill 938 , which passed the Appropriations Committee on Thursday. It moves to the full House for more debate. ...

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Proposal could shift more school funding to local districts

Mississippi’s per-pupil education spending would remain at least the same or could even increase, but more of the cost could be shifted to local taxpayers rather than the state budget under proposals for a new school funding formula that consultants presented to lawmakers Monday. The per-pupil cost would depend on several variables, including how much would be spent on technology, ...

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Bill on filling superintendent vacancies heads to governor

A bill heading to Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant would let school boards statewide appoint replacements for elected superintendents who resign in the next three years. A 2016 state law makes all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. The elected superintendent in Webster County resigned Dec. 31, and Senate Education Committee Chairman Gray Tollison, an Oxford Republican, says it would ...

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