Legislature

Nominations for the 4th Annual Mississippi Top 50 Awards Now Open | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Mississippi is graced with tremendous talent in government, the political sphere, business, media and culture. The Mississippi Top 50 Awards were created to recognize those that help move the conversation in Mississippi forward, either by virtue of their position or their talents. Those honored are judged to be the most influential leaders in the state at this time. It is a bipartisan group that comes from the ranks of local, state and federal elected and appointed officials; political leaders; government…

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Families, state to benefit from Mississippi Center for Medically Fragile Children | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

The Mississippi Center for Medically Fragile Children, the first-of-its-kind in the state, is set to begin construction in 2021, as announced in December 2019. The medical status of its patients will vary. Some children who will live at this center have been injured in accidents. Others have congenital or genetic conditions, and still others may be dependent on ventilators or feeding tubes to survive, with many often relying on wheelchairs for mobility. What all of these cases have in common…

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Who will MS Dems choose Saturday as last minute options shuffle in and out? | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

In a flurry of last minute maneuvering, State Rep. Earle Banks has emerged as one of two candidates to replace outgoing Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Moak.   Moak announced Friday afternoon that he would not seek to retain the chairmanship but would be endorsing Banks for the top spot. Other party leaders have expressed support for Judge Tyree Irving, who sources claim had a majority of votes – at least before Moak exited and Banks entered the fray. Banks, 66,…

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Public school extracurriculars not available for homeschoolers, even some distance learners | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

While most parents are preparing to send their children back to school in a few weeks, some school districts in Mississippi are allowing distance learning or a hybrid option for those concerned about their family contracting the coronavirus in a traditional classroom setting as the pandemic continues. There is one caveat that could factor into a parent’s decision, however, that being whether the student could participate in athletics and other extracurricular activities if they choose the distance learning option. Various…

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USDA Accepting Applications for Mississippi Hemp Production Licenses | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

The Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act (Senate Bill 2725) was signed into law on June 29, 2020. This act legalized the cultivation of hemp under a state plan to be created and implemented by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. Although the act allowed for a state hemp cultivation program, the necessary funding to implement the state program was not appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature. “I appreciate the Mississippi Legislature providing farmers with access to a new agricultural commodity.  However, the…

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Governor Reeves vetoes education budget and two criminal reform bills | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Governor Tate Reeves has vetoed the bulk of the FY 2021 education budget, two criminal reform bills and a handful of smaller bills on Wednesday night before the midnight deadline. Warning: this is a long read. But I want to keep you up to date on what is happening in your state government and be… Posted by Tate Reeves on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 On Tuesday, Reeves indicated a veto would be a possibility after noting the Legislature had failed to…

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Governor Reeves: Education budget bill cuts teacher pay program by $26 million | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Governor Tate Reeves is reviewing the bills passed by the Legislature over the last week, and one of them has caught his attention – the education budget bill. A vital program that rewards teachers, the School Recognition Program, was cut by some $26 million, a move Reeves says is “a major problem.” “The education bill has a major problem. The legislature cut a teacher pay program by over $26 million—a massive cut. It’s the program that rewards teachers in schools that…

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Moak could be ousted as MS Democrat chairman | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

It is no secret Mississippi Democratic Party faithful are unhappy with the job Bobby Moak has done as Chairman. In June, a letter signed by former Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole, 2nd Congressional District Chairman Willie Griffin, and past chairman of the 1st Congressional District James Hull said Moak had failed the party members in “both transparency and trust” in what the three called a grossly mishandled election process of at-large members and mismanagement of the State Convention process.…

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KIEFER: Pandemic brings rural broadband opportunity, but we are squandering it | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Thousands of families in Mississippi cannot receive a cellphone call in their homes because of weak signals — a problem that the Department of Education plan to buy them a wireless hotspot that depends on the cellphone network will not cure. Thousands more depend on AT&T’s abandoned copper wires in the ground for decaying and failing 4 Mbps DSL service. The balance of unserved and underserved rural Mississippians depend on expensive satellite connections with capped data and throttled speeds that…

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State Rep. Criswell wants Mississippi to join 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Movement | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

In November, the nation watched in amazement and fear as Democrats flipped the Virginia State legislature from red to blue and a conservative governor in Kentucky lose to a democrat by just a few votes. We were stunned at how quickly the Democrat governors exposed their anti-gun anti-freedom agendas. The ink was barely dry on the election results when the assault began on law-abiding gun owners of their state. The American Gun Owners Alliance list forty (40) anti-gun bills that…

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Dean Kirby will be next Senate Pro-Tem | Mississippi Politics and News – Politics Article

Y’all Politics has confirmed that State Senator Dean Kirby of Pearl will be the next Senate Pro-Tem.  His selection is still subject to an official vote of the Senate membership that will be seated in January, but he has secured the support of the majority of the Senate Republicans and Lt. Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann. In a statement, Hosemann said, “Dean Kirby is one of the most well-respected members of the Senate, and I’m so pleased his colleagues support and recognize…

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Yall Politics | Joint Legislative Budget Committee hears from Legislative Budget office on FY2019 recommendations – Politics Article

Wednesday the Joint Legislative Committee hear from the Legislative Budget Office on their budget recommendation for FY2019. Overall there were 275 budgets submitted and after consolidation about 110 appropriations bills were filed for legislation. A $5.6 billion dollar estimate was adopted for FY2019 in accordance with the FY2018 estimate of $5,601,000,000. The General Fund recommendation rested at $5,483,760,630. The largest recommendations were made for Education and Medicaid. MAEP was recommended $2,201.0M by the LBR and Medicaid rested at 917.6M. Increased…

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