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2nd Mississippi rep resigns over pension and pay dispute

A Mississippi lawmaker is resigning as of Tuesday because he will not be able to collect his state government pension while serving in the state House. Republican Rep. Billy Andrews of Purvis is the second House member to resign for this reason since the four-year term started in January. Republican Rep. Ramona Blackledge of Laurel stepped down Jan. 31. Andrews is a ...

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Analysis: Virus upends Mississippi budget writing process

Mississippi legislators are supposed to set a state spending plan before the new fiscal year begins July 1. The coronavirus pandemic has scrambled most of the planning that budget writers have done the past few months, leaving uncertainty about how a shaky economy will affect tax collections. “We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetimes, much less our political ...

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Legislation to require online retailers to collect tax could boost state revenue

By BOBBY HARRISON / Mississippi Today Mississippi legislators, needing funds in the current session to pay for a teacher pay raise and a possible state employee salary hike, could be boosted by an additional $50 million in revenue thanks to a proposal pending to place more of a burden on online retailers to collect the 7 percent tax on retail ...

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Analysis: Amid big issues, legislators face many small ones

Mississippi legislators are on track to deal with a few big, complex issues this year, but they will also consider plenty of small ones. Among the toughest topics awaiting work are efforts to improve prisons that are crowded, violent and understaffed. As part of that, legislators could debate whether prisoners could become eligible sooner for parole consideration. Legislators could expand ...

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Mississippi Senate OKs teacher pay raise, plan goes to House

A plan to give Mississippi teachers at least a $1,000 pay raise won unanimous approval Wednesday in the state Senate, and now it goes to the House. Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann says he wants it to be part of a multiyear plan to increase some of the lowest salaries in the nation. “All members came together today in an ...

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GOP-led Mississippi House affirms election of Democratic rep

Members of the Republican-controlled Mississippi House on Wednesday affirmed the election of one of their Democratic colleagues. On a voice vote and without opposition, they rejected a request by a Republican former lawmaker for a do-over in a close election in north Mississippi’s DeSoto County. The decision means that Rep. Hester Jackson McCray of Horn Lake will remain in the ...

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Mississippi legislators starting their new 4-year term

Mississippi lawmakers will be sworn in Tuesday to begin their four-year term with Republicans maintaining control of both the House and the Senate. The opening day will be filled with formalities. Members of the House of Representatives will elect Republican Philip Gunn to serve a third consecutive term as speaker. They also will choose a new speaker pro tempore, the ...

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2 Mississippi House leaders defeated in Republican primary

Two leaders in the Mississippi House have lost their bids for re-election, falling to opponents in the Republican primary. Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden of Meridian and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jeff Smith of Columbus were defeated Tuesday. Snowden was first elected to the House in 1999 and Smith in 1991. While Snowden has always been elected as a ...

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Mississippi spent $1.5M on Weight Watchers for teachers

Mississippi lawmakers were giving Weight Watchers $1.5 million for a teacher voucher program that never appeared in any education funding bills or state contracts, and kept the money flowing for years even though relatively few teachers were using it. The Clarion Ledger uncovered the payments while investigating how state legislators funnel education funding to favored vendors. It reported that Weight ...

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Mississippi bill proposes penalties for revenge porn

Mississippi could make revenge porn a crime. The state Senate passed a bill Thursday to set penalties for anyone who shares or publishes “intimate visual material,” such as nude photos, that were created with the intention of being private. Senate Bill 2528 would allow a $1,000 penalty for intentional distribution of the material and a $500 penalty for unintentional distribution. ...

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