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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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Analysis: New Mississippi lawmakers bring broad experience

Roughly 20 percent of Mississippi legislative seats will turn over to a different person when the four-year term begins in January, with new members bringing fresh perspectives. Here are five things to know about the incoming group of senators and representatives, with a quick disclaimer — because of space, not everyone is mentioned here by name: 1. Some bring experience ...

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Mississippi budget writers setting FY17 revenue estimate

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top budget writers are deciding how much money the state will have available to spend in the coming year. Gov. Phil Bryant meets Monday with the 14-member Joint Legislative Budget Committee. They are analyzing economic trends to determine a revenue estimate. That is their best guess for how much the state might collect in taxes and fees ...

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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries

JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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