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Biden signs massive climate and health care legislation

By ZEKE MILLER and SEUNG MIN KIM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden has signed Democrats’ landmark climate change and health care bill. It's the “final piece” of the president's pared-down domestic agenda as he aims to boost…

Congress sends landmark gun violence compromise to Biden

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House sent President Joe Biden the most wide-ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades on Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated…

Senators reach bipartisan compromise on gun violence bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate bargainers have reached agreement on a bipartisan gun violence bill. That potentially tees up congressional passage this week on an incremental but notable package that would stand as Congress’s response to mass shootings in Texas and…

Senate discusses 908 billion-dollar COVID aid proposal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the prospects for a mid-sized COVID-19 relief bill and a separate $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill. After months of a partisan impasse, Pelosi says Democrats are ‘excited’ about a $908…

Fetal heartbeat abortion bill moves forward

One of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bills is headed to Governor Phil Bryant’s desk for approval. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves thanked legislators today for helping to strengthen Mississippi’s abortion laws. The State Senate sent legislation to Gov. Bryant that…

TEACHER PAY RAISE PASSES SENATE

The State Senate is staying true to their word in making education a priority. A pay increase was passed for teachers, teacher assistants, librarians, and counselors. More than 35- thousand educators would be paid $1000 more yearly if the bill…

Gov. Bryant Vetoes Bill

Governor Phil Bryant vetoed a criminal justice bill because of a typographical error that he says could have unintended consequences. House bill 1033 would have allowed employed parolees to schedule online interviews with probation officers instead of missing work. It…

Equal Pay Bills Die In Legislature

Bills that would have required employers to pay women equal pay for the same jobs as their male counterparts have died again. Members of the democratic caucus tried to maneuver the bill out of committee by suspending house rules. That…

Gang Bill Dies In Committee

Prosecutors across the state today are disappointed after a bill aimed to help combat gang violence dies in committee. The senate bill backed by Governor Bryant would have better defined what a gang is, created a separate crime for gang…

Senate BP Oil Spill Settlement Bill

Coast lawmakers authored a number of bills in an attempt to keep BP Oil Spill Settlement Money on the coast. Only one survived the first bill killing deadline of the legislative session. The bill authored by Pascagoula Senator Brice Wiggins,…

First "Bill-Killing Deadline" Tuesday

If lawmakers are going to pass that bill along with others, they'll have to work quickly as the first real "Killing Deadline" of the legislative session quickly approaches. Tomorrow January 31 is the deadline for committees to pass out general…

"Merry Christmas" Bill Pre-Filed

A Mississippi lawmaker pre-files a "Merry Christmas" bill for the 2017 legislative session. Democratic representative "Tom Miles" made the announcement on Facebook saying Mississippians should not have to be afraid of celebrating the Christian holiday. If passed, the "Merry Christmas"…

"Blue Lives Matter" Bill Mississippi

As police ambushes have become more frequent across the country in the last year, state lawmakers want to ensure our men and women in uniform are better protected. A "Blue Lives Matter" bill will be introduced when the 2017 session…