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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…

Bill Could Loosen Open Container Laws

Taking your margarita to go from your favorite downtown hot spot? Well that will soon be a reality. State legislators passed a law loosen open container laws in downtown areas across Mississippi. HB 1223 could allow designated areas all across…

Guns in Mississippi Churches Bill Signed into Law Today

Governor Phil Bryant has signed into law a bill that allows some members of churches to undergo firearms training so they can provide armed security for their congregations. The Church Protection Act specifies that those designated can carry guns into…

Abortion Bill Headed To Governor

Bill on the governor's desk would ban a commonly used dismemberment abortion. The measure would outlaw a procedure called dilation and evacuation unless an abortion is required to prevent a mother's irreversible physical impairment. It would prohibit abortions extracting a…