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BILL CRAWFORD — Republican leaders turn legislative session into fiasco

Give it a break, guys. The we-can’t-spend-money-we-don’t-have argument is just a little too false-hearted.   The GOP talking point was embellished by House Public Health Committee Chairman Sam Mills:   “What I always tell my children, gentlemen, is that we can’t print money,” Mims said. “Often I look outside in my backyard, and I say, ‘Do you see a money tree?’ And ...

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Talks break down over Mississippi transportation spending

Mississippi House and Senate leaders publicly bickered but failed to agree on a transportation spending plan before a Monday night deadline, likely forcing the governor to call lawmakers back for a special session before the budget year begins July 1. Republicans control both chambers, so the fight does not pit one party against another. Instead, it is an argument that ...

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Divorce debate still rolling at Mississippi Capitol

The Mississippi Senate is reviving a proposal to make divorce less complicated for victims of domestic abuse. Senators added divorce provisions Wednesday to House Bill 1356 , a measure originally dealing with protective orders in criminal sexual assault cases. One ground for divorce under current law is habitual cruel and inhuman treatment. Senators removed “habitual.” A House committee chairman had killed a ...

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Mississippi statues at US Capitol up for discussion

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he’d be willing to talk about possibly replacing the statues that represent the state in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Currently, Mississippi is represented by statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate politician J.Z. George. Many would like to see other famous Mississipians, such as Elvis Presley, blues musician B.B. King or author William ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Concentrated power on rise in Mississippi Legislature

Concentrated power in the Legislature waxes and wanes with the attitudes of rank and file members. At times, Speakers of the House and Lieutenant Governors have wielded dictator-like power. At other times, members have risen up and made the bodies operate more democratically. Concentrated power is waxing once again as rank and file legislators cede power to their leaders.   The Mississippi ...

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Analysis: Bills pass unseen in latest road-money drama twist

It’s one of the eternal truths of the Mississippi Legislature: Most lawmakers vote on bills they haven’t read. That may not square with the idealized, Schoolhouse Rock-vision of the legislative process that’s taught in civics, but there are just too many bills. And unlike in Congress, Mississippi lawmakers don’t each have paid staff members to examine bills for them. Typically, ...

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Miss. could lift civil-service protection for most agencies

Legislators are debating whether to remove civil-service protection for most Mississippi state government employees for three years. The proposal is in House Bill 974 , which passed the House on a split vote Thursday. Opponents held it for the possibility of another debate on another day. Supporters say removing Personnel Board supervision from most state-service jobs would give directors the flexibility to ...

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