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Senate passes ‘Blue Lives’ bill, House eyes alternate plan

A bill that would double penalties for crimes targeting police officers, firefighters and medics passed the Mississippi Senate by a 37-13 vote Thursday, despite impassioned cries against it from African-American senators. Senate Bill 2469 , a “Blue Lives Matter” proposal that moves onto the House, says any crime committed against emergency personnel because of their status as police officers, firefighters or ...

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3 Mississippi health agencies could be put under governor

Legislators could give the governor oversight of three more state agencies — the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The proposal is in Senate Bill 2567 , called the Mississippi Health Agency Reorganization Act of 2017. The three departments currently have directors appointed by boards. The bill says the governor would appoint ...

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Governor sets $51 million more in Mississippi budget cuts

Gov. Phil Bryant on Thursday ordered another $51 million in cuts from Mississippi’s $6.4 billion budget, as state revenues continue to lag. “It has become clear that revenue is not adequate to support budgeted expenses for the current fiscal year,” the Republican wrote in a letter to Department of Finance and Administration Executive Director Laura Jackson, ordering the cuts. In September, Bryant sliced ...

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Bryant: State workers must take sexual harassment prevention

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant announced Tuesday that by executive order, he’s requiring all state employees to take online training in sexual harassment awareness and prevention. “This should be a low-cost alternative to expensive seminars and provide a standard of prevention in this litigious society,” Bryant said. The move comes months after the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agreed to pay $25,000 ...

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Bill would let school boards fill superintendent vacancies

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a measure that would let school boards appoint replacements for elected school superintendents who resign in the next three years. In 2016, the Legislature enacted a law making all 55 elected superintendents appointed beginning in 2020. Webster County Superintendent Jack Treloar, who was elected, resigned Dec. 31. House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, a Brandon Republican, ...

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Governor, legislative leaders look to limit civil service protection

By BOBBY HARRISON Both legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Bryant are proposing to limit Mississippi’s civil service protection, which has been a hallmark of most state governments for more than a century. The civil service system was established to prevent elected political leaders from firing and replacing government employees with their supporters. In Mississippi, the civil service protection is granted through ...

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Analysis: Budget writers prepare to say ‘no’ to requests

Directors of Mississippi government agencies should get accustomed to one word as the 2017 legislative session approaches. “No.” Based on early budget proposals released by Gov. Phil Bryant and legislative leaders, that word will be the answer to plenty of requests. Mississippi’s economy continues to grow slowly, and tax cuts are projected to reduce the money that state government collects ...

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State ‘noncore’ programs under Bryant scrutiny

By JACK WEATHERLY  Gov. Phil Bryant listed what he called three state-supported programs that are not core functions of government, and as such need scrutiny for belt-tightening. The filmmaking industry is one, and has drawn the most public attention since he issued his budget recommendations on Nov. 15. The Legislature will have the final say on the state budget in ...

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Boards, commissions still to be streamlined

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – Second-term Gov. Phil Bryant apparently is not giving up on a goal he made in his first inaugural address in January 2012 – to merge some of the state’s many boards and commissions. The Republican governor revived his goal of merging some of the more than 200 state boards and commissions in the ...

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Teacher pay raise funding up for discussion

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Some teachers and other staff in A and B schools, as well as in improving schools, could be getting a pay raise during the 2017 legislative session. The School Recognition Program is part of the 2014 legislation that gave teachers a $2,500 across-the-board pay increase over a two-year period and raised the starting pay ...

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