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Reeves signs critical race theory bill into law

Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday signed into law Senate Bill 2113 that bans the teaching of Critical Race Theory. A Mississippi Senate committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would ban schools from teaching critical race theory, even though the state…

Governor signs 'Hudson's Law' on Down syndrome into law

A bill named after a Coast boy with Down syndrome has become law after Gov. Tate Reeves signed it today. Hudson's Law, also known as the Down Syndrome Information Act, will require doctors to provide the most accurate and up-to-date…

Mississippi considers bill to outlaw ‘revenge porn’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi could join most other states in punishing people for "revenge porn." A bill that passed the Mississippi Senate on Thursday would set penalties for people who share intimate visual material of another person without that person's permission and with…

Back-Seat Passengers: Buckle up!

Back-seat passengers will be required to buckle up in most vehicles, starting this summer. The new law goes into effect July 1. Mississippi already has a law requiring seat belts for front-seat adult passengers and for children anywhere in a…

Witness Protection Bill Signed Into Law

If someone threatened your life if you testified against them in court, would you do it? Prosecutors are hoping a new law signed by Governor Phil Bryant will encourage more witnesses to take the stand. House Bill 13-67 stiffens penalties…

Religious Accommodations Act Appeal

A federal appeals court is hearing arguments about Mississippi’s controversial religious accommodations act that would allow merchants to cite religious beliefs to deny services to same sex couples. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves halted the law before it could take…

Bill Killing Deadline Coming up in Jackson

State lawmakers are back at the capital today for what is set to be a busy week. Committees are expected to be running at full speed passing bills to their full chambers. This is in advance of the first killing…

Making Insurance Mandatory For Car Tags House Bill 319

A bill that would require Mississippians to prove they have vehicle liability insurance before they could renew their auto tags has cleared committee and heads to the full House. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of Mississippi motorists drive uninsured.…

2017 State Fiscal Budget

Three of the state's top leaders plan to follow the State's Rainy Day fund law. Governor Phil Bryant, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and speaker of the house Philip Gun all agree only 98 percent of the state's projected revenue for…

"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…

Students Learn About Government & Law

How do city officials handle a multi-million dollar budget or how does law enforcement solve crimes? Those were questions third grad students were tackling at Three Rivers Elementary School this morning. Gulfport City Councilman Ricky Dombrowski and a police officer…

Opening Arguments Today

Opening arguments are scheduled in a fraud case against a Texas lawyer accused of inflating his client list for gulf oil spill litigation. Online court records show prosecutors dropped 22 counts of fraud before jury selection began Monday in Gulfport…

Long Beach Man Sentenced

A long beach man has been sentenced to, two years in prison after videotaping a partially nude massage therapy client.   "Matthew Pierce" was sentenced to five years in prison, but with three years suspended. In 2014 pierce used his…

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…

Guns In Church Bill Is Now Law in Mississippi

A bill to allow some members of church congregations to carry guns inside is now law. Governor Phil Bryant signed the legislation this morning, allowing places of worship to designate members to undergo firearms training and carry guns to protect…

New Taxi Regulations Become Law

A new law signed by the governor will regulate UBER, LYFT and other ride-sharing services on a statewide basis. The state insurance department is now in charge of overseeing the services. Previously individual cities have traditionally regulated taxi services in…

MAEP Funding Law Changes

Major changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program could be made in these last few weeks of the 2016 legislative session even though those changes have not yet been discussed in the Education Committees or on the floor in either…

Free Family Law Legal Clinic: March 31st

Do you need legal help with family law matters, but can't afford an attorney or legal advice? If this is the case, you may want to see if you qualify for an upcoming free legal clinic. From now until Wednesday,…