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First major legislative deadline thins list of bills, amendments

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers scrambled yesterday to meet their first major deadline of the 2012 session, thinning out the list of bills and constitutional amendments they’ll consider during the next two months. Among the proposals that died are constitutional amendments that would’ve limited the governor’s pardon power, defined life as beginning at fertilization and given legal rights to fetuses. Also ...

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House committee passes bill aimed at improving filmmaking incentives

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are hoping to raise the caps on the state’s rebate incentives for film production. A bill that would make the change passed the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday and moved to the full House for consideration. The state’s current film incentives apply to feature films, narrative and documentary shorts, commercials and certain types of video ...

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GOP agenda reflected in bills, amendments filed in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are sponsoring bills to tighten restrictions on abortion, crack down on immigration, expand the use of charter schools and limit the power of the attorney general. Yesterday was the deadline to file general bills and constitutional amendments to be considered during the 2012 session, which began in early January and is scheduled to end in early ...

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Lawmakers facing first major deadline for filing bills

JACKSON — Members of the Mississippi House and Senate are facing their first major deadline of year. Today is the final day for lawmakers to file general bills or constitutional amendments that will be considered during their four-month session. The session started in early January and ends in early May. Bills are already filed on several big issues, including charter ...

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Senate approves change to budget-writing process

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has given final approval to a change in the state’s budget-writing process. The change is in House Concurrent Resolution 33, which sets the Legislature’s operating rules for the four-year term that started last month. Under one new rule, any legislator who wants to add money to a state program must say specifically which other agency’s ...

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Senators file amicus brief challenging health care reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 43 Senators who have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a multi-state legal challenge to a federal mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The amicus brief was filed with the Supreme Court Monday in support of a suit filed by ...

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Lawmakers vote to change state budget process

JACKSON — The Mississippi House voted yesterday to change the state budget process in a way some members call unfair and others call accountable. The change is part of a resolution that would set the joint operating rules of the House and Senate for the four-year term that started last month. It says any lawmaker who wants to add money ...

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Graves confirmed by Senate for Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker yesterday went to the Senate floor to offer final endorsements of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. before the Senate voted to confirm him as a Circuit Court judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Senate confirmed Graves on a voice vote yesterday, following ...

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