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Bryant signs bill to outlaw immigration sanctuaries

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a law Monday banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally, saying he wants Mississippi to help federal agencies arrest people without legal status. Bryant, a longtime critic of illegal entry by immigrants, cited President Donald Trump’s executive order banning sanctuary cities when he signed the law. Since ...

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University state flag legislation dies, issue lives

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Legislation passed Wednesday that would try to force the state’s public universities to fly the state flag died Thursday. It died when House Ways and Means Chair Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, did not try to table a motion to reconsider the bill. The deadline to table the motion is Friday, and the House will not reconvene ...

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Mississippi House proposes strong-arming colleges over state flag

Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist. All eight of Mississippi’s public universities have stopped flying the flag because it prominently features the Confederate battle emblem, angering supporters of the banner. The state House voted 57-56 Wednesday to ...

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Mississippi moving to ban immigrant sanctuary policies

The Mississippi House advanced a bill to ban immigration sanctuary policies. Senate Bill 2710 says cities, state agencies and public colleges can’t prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also can’t give legal status to people who entered the country without permission, such as by issuing an ID card. The bill passed the House Tuesday and will return ...

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Mississippi Confederate flag fight moves to new battlefield

A long-running feud over the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is moving onto a new legal battlefield. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over reviving a 2016 lawsuit filed by an African-American attorney, Carlos Moore. He contends the flag is “state-sanctioned hate speech.” In a state with a ...

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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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Mississippi governor wants renewed push for lottery

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery as a way to possibly generate tens of millions of dollars a year to boost the state budget. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Bryant also says he is asking the state Department of Finance and Administration to thoroughly review ...

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1 bill to strengthen Mississippi governor advances; 1 dies

Mississippi legislators have advanced one bill to strengthen the state’s constitutionally weak governor but killed another. Senators on Monday reconsidered and killed a bill to let the governor, rather than a board, appoint the director of the state Department of Mental Health. Senate Bill 2567 passed the Senate last week but was put on hold. Senators voted not to release the ...

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Bills would empower Mississippi’s legally weak governor

Mississippi lawmakers passed three measures Thursday that could strengthen the traditionally weak powers of the governor. Senate Bill 2567 would allow Gov. Phil Bryant to appoint the director of the Department of Mental Health, who is currently named by a freestanding board, while House Bill 1425would allow the governor to veto any new regulation proposed by some boards. Meanwhile, House members also ...

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Gov. Bryant flips on trade pact since 2015

By JACK WEATHERLY Gov. Phil Bryant said in a December 2015 interview that he supported the United States joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. “I hope it’s approved, and I hope that we’re a strong part of it,” Bryant told the Mississippi Business Journal. Yet Bryant, a staunch supporter of Donald J. Trump, who has since been elected president and “vetoed” America’s ...

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