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Hood suggests that regulatory definition may suffice to curb physician-patient sex

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said his office is contemplating developing a statutory definition of “inappropriate sexual contact” between a physician and a patient. If written and passed by the Legislature, that could solve the challenge of passing a bill that would criminalize sexual misconduct by physicians. A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: So, you’re thinking of running for mayor

With the March 3rd qualifying deadline only a few weeks away, decision time is drawing nigh for those considering running for mayor or other municipal office. To assist in that endeavor, we have put together a list of questions that should be answered by any person considering a run for mayor. The first question is the most important one because it ...

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Corporate tax collections main culprit in revenue decline

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – Corporate tax collections peaked in Mississippi in fiscal year 2015 at $714.1 million, just as overall tax collections peaked for the state during the same time period. But the following fiscal year, overall revenue collections from taxes, assessments and earnings on state investments were $34.3 million less than the prior year. It marked only the ...

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Bill introduced to make physician-patient sex crime

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill has been introduced in the Legislature that would criminalize physicians having sex with patients. Dr. John Hall, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure, said late in 2016 that he was working with lawmakers to draft such a bill. However, the effort ran into resistance from some members of the board. State Attorney ...

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GREGG HARPER — Obamacare is officially on life support

If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan,” President Obama made those promises on multiple occasions while trying to sell the Affordable Care Act to the American people. We now know that neither of these statements turned out to be true. Obamacare has done ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trump tweets unnerve Trent Lott

“He is very capable of doing a switcheroo really quick, which can be a good thing or it can not be.” This was former Senate Majority Leader and Mississippi Senator Trent Lott talking about president-elect Donald Trump. Switcheroos, as Lott calls them, are becoming a hallmark of Trump’s transition to the presidency. He says one thing one day, then changes ...

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Campaign finance high on agenda for session

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – Legislators, stinging from criticism they received during the 2016 session for their inability to pass campaign finance reform, no doubt will place a priority on the issue during the 2017 session, starting at noon today. Both Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, and House Speaker Philip Gunn said in separate, recent interviews that ...

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Retired trooper chosen to lead Mississippi Senate security

The Mississippi Senate has chosen a retired Highway Patrol officer for its top security job. As the new sergeant-at-arms, Ronnie Stewart of Crystal Springs will oversee security in the Senate chamber and Senate committee rooms at the state Capitol. He succeeds Rick Hux of Seminary, who retired last year. Stewart served as drug court coordinator for a circuit court district ...

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November bad month for state revenue collections

By BOBBY HARRISON JACKSON – The 2017 Mississippi legislative session will not be starting on a rosy note in January in terms of state revenue collections. November was a particularly dismal month for revenue collections. The report recently compiled by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee reveals that in November revenue collections were $35.2 million or 8.8 percent below the ...

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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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