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Abortion-regulation legislation vote misses deadline

JACKSON — Two abortion-regulation bills have died under a deadline in the Mississippi Legislature, but supporters are trying to revive them. Senate Judiciary B Committee Chairman Hob Bryan says he chose not to bring the bills up for consideration because he believes they would be challenged in court if they became law. House Bill 1196 would have prohibited abortion once ...

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Lawmakers mulling moving back start of school year

JACKSON — There would be no more early-August starts for Mississippi public schools under a bill lawmakers are considering. House Bill 707, as amended today by the Senate Education Committee, would require that schools start no earlier than the third Monday in August, which would be anywhere from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21. Advocates say that pushing back the beginning ...

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Bryan concerned about immigration-enforcement, abortion bills

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate chairman says he has concerns about immigration-enforcement and abortion-regulation bills assigned to his committee. The bills face a deadline of today for consideration in the Senate Judiciary B Committee. The chairman, Democratic Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory, said yesterday that the immigration-enforcement measure, House Bill 488, could intrude into the responsibilities of local law-enforcement agencies. ...

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Tempers fly in House over workers' compensation vote

JACKSON — Mississippi House members now favor changes to the state’s workers’ compensation system after previously voting against them. House members voted 60-56 yesterday to pass Senate Bill 2576, which proponents say would balance a system that now unfairly favors workers. Opponents dispute that, saying the insurance system for paying for on-the-job injuries is balanced now and that the changes ...

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Contractors, ag groups join opposition to immigration-enforcement bill

JACKSON — Building contractors and agriculture groups, including those representing the poultry industry and sweet-potato growers, say they’re against an immigration-enforcement bill awaiting debate in Mississippi. Their opposition indicates growing political difficulties for a bill supported by first-term Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who won office last November with the help of tea party groups and the Mississippi Federation for Immigration ...

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Better-than-expected revenue collections could affect budget process

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers say that because of relatively robust tax collections, they may increase the estimate of how much money the state can spend during the coming fiscal year. Yet Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said yesterday that even if the revenue estimate increases, state agencies shouldn’t expect their spending to rise. So far, budget writers have recommended ...

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House passes controversial illegal immgrant legislation

JACKSON — Mississippi House members want to step up enforcement against illegal immigrants, voting 70-47 in favor just after midnight. Leaders stripped more controversial provisions before the vote on House Bill 488. After initially failing, opponents of the bill were able on a second attempt to strip a provision requiring schools to count illegal immigrants, saying it would violate federal ...

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Bill approved requiring abortion doctors to be OB/Gyn certified

JACKSON — Doctors at Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic would be required to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals under a hotly contested bill that passed the House yesterday. During a debate that lasted more than an hour, opponents argued the requirement could close the clinic in Jackson if no doctor could ...

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House agrees to appropriate more money for governor's office, mansion

JACKSON — The Mississippi House agreed yesterday to spend more money for the governor’s office and mansion during the current budget year. Gov. Phil Bryant’s staff said last month that his predecessor, fellow Republican Haley Barbour, spent more than half the governor’s budget before leaving office in January, just over midway through the budget year. The bill that passed yesterday ...

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Senate weighing bill to disallow state agencies from advertising

JACKSON — A bill pending in the Mississippi Senate seeks to pull the plug on all state agencies’ ability to advertise. State Sen. Merle Flowers, a Republican from Southaven, tells WLBT-TV millions and millions of dollars are going advertising programs all over the state. The bill would prevent state agencies from using radio and television advertising to promote agency programs. ...

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