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Bill to limit Hood's power killed by procedural problem

JACKSON — A bill to limit Attorney General Jim Hood’s power died yesterday after it was found to violate parliamentary rules in the Mississippi House. But Hood isn’t in the clear yet. House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, said he had no choice but to kill his own bill after experts found that it was written in a way that broke ...

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Holland: 'Gulf of America' bill a joke; some don't get it

JACKSON — All the people outraged about the Mississippi bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico as the “Gulf of America” have missed its satirical intent, the sponsor said yesterday. State Rep. Steve Holland, a populist Democrat known for over-the-top gestures, said he was tickled that his provocation had rocketed across the Internet. Holland says the measure is meant to ...

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House to debate attorneys bill while Hood argues against pardons

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood may be busy today while House members debate a bill to limit his powers. The House bumped up its meeting time from the usual 2 p.m. to 10 a.m., when Hood is likely to be arguing against former Gov. Haley Barbour’s pardons at the state Supreme Court. The House doesn’t plan to meet tomorrow, ...

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Campaign bitterness erupts in Legislature over routine local bill

JACKSON — Democratic bitterness over Republican campaign tactics in last year’s Mississippi legislative elections erupted yesterday in a debate over an otherwise routine local bill. Several Democrats said opponents sent mailers claiming they voted for a large number of tax increases, unfairly counting times they voted to raise or renew taxes requested by individual cities and counties. “The very first ...

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Senate passes bill to consolidate Delta county schools

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — Legislation to consolidate administrations of three Sunflower County school districts passed the Mississippi Senate yesterday. The measure is the first item from Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves’ legislative agenda to be considered by the Senate. Senate Bill 2330 combines the administrations of Drew, Sunflower and Indianola school districts, which are currently under conservatorship at the state Department of ...

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Senators pushing bill authorizing Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) have cosponsored legislation to authorize the construction of an energy pipeline between Canada and the Gulf Coast, a new effort to revive the major construction project following the Obama administration’s decision to halt it. The Mississippi Senators are among 44 cosponsors of the legislation introduced that would authorize the ...

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