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Proposed updates to election laws OK’d in Mississippi House

Proposals to update some Mississippi election laws are advancing in the Legislature. The House passed two bills Tuesday, sending them to the Senate. House Bill 373 would authorize online, first-time voter registration for people with a valid Mississippi driver’s license. House Bill 1054 would create a group to study a system to restore voting rights for people convicted of nonviolent felonies such ...

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3 chances for lottery, but all could fizzle in House

The Mississippi House could have multiple ways to vote on creating a lottery in the next several days. But Speaker Philip Gunn opposes the game of chance and the proposals could die without ever coming up for debate. Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville has tried to amend two bills to add a lottery. House Bill 967 would regulate and ...

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Top school districts could become exempt on reports to state

The Mississippi House voted Monday to exempt top-rated school districts from having to report information about curriculum and some other matters to the state Department of Education. House Bill 1224 also would allow A- and B-rated districts to offer financial incentives to teachers. Some lower-rated school districts have difficulty attracting teachers, and current state law lets them forgive student loans ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers love to praise the folks back home

Mississippi legislators will flail their arms and raise their voices to disagree about substantial issues like education funding and state employees’ job protection. But they generally find bipartisan peace and harmony in the act of commending the folks back home. The House and Senate adopt hundreds of resolutions each year to congratulate sports teams, beauty queens, writers, actors, singers, painters, ...

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Jury finds Miss. agency discriminated against female worker

A female employee of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety was awarded more than $46,000 by a federal jury that found the agency discriminated against her because she is a woman. Ola Kirk, a master sergeant in the department’s Driver Services Division, filed a lawsuit in 2014 claiming she had been passed over for promotion to lieutenant because of her ...

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BEN WILLIAMS: Mississippi’s prescient governor

Mississippi’s Governor Phil Bryant endured some rancorous criticism for his decision to forgo an expanded Medicaid program.  Now, with actual data refuting the doctored projections used to originally support expansion, the twice-elected governor is “looking prescient” – to borrow a phrase from a Wall Street Journal editorial. Background on ACA and Medicaid Expansion The 2,700-page 2010 federal Patient Protection and ...

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No funding map, lawmakers say property-rich areas won’t lose

JEFF AMY, Associated Press It could be weeks before Mississippians see any real proposals from their representatives on a new school funding formula, but some lawmakers said Tuesday they won’t require any districts to contribute more property taxes — something that could markedly drive up costs of other changes recommended by a consultant. The Senate Education and House Appropriations committees ...

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AP: Trump’s voter fraud expert registered in 3 states

A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned. Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas and ...

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Bill could build up power of Mississippi governor

Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant could get a chance to assert direct control over three large state agencies, enhancing his power in a state where the governor has traditionally been weak in comparative power to the Legislature. Senate Bill 2567, passed Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee, would let the governor appoint the leaders of the state Health Department, Mental ...

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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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