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Fighting the Fetal Heartbeat Law: Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Debate

The battle over the hot-button issue of abortion is intensifying tonight with more states testing strict bans and protests raging across the nation. A federal judge in Mississippi will begin to hear arguments regarding the Fetal Heartbeat Law tomorrow. Jackson…

New state laws in effect

New laws are taking effect in Mississippi about dog fighting, highway traffic, and transporting alcohol. With Mississippians gearing up for the Fourth of July, it is important to take note of some new laws that are going into effect. These…

New seat belt law goes into effect Saturday

AAA predicts more than 37.2 million Americans will hit the roads this weekend for the Independence Day holiday travel period. Before you get behind the wheel, officials want to remind you of a new law that goes into effect Saturday…

Bills To Change Election Laws Advance

Proposals to update some of Mississippi's Election Laws are advancing in the legislature. House Bill 373 would authorize online, first-time voter registration for people with a valid Mississippi Driver's License. House Bill 1054 would create a group to study a…

Vigil For A Change In MS Animal Cruelty Laws

Local animal rights activists are calling for stronger state laws circling animal protection. Members of the Justice for Animals campaign and members of the community united, holding up signs and candles in front of the Public Safety Center in Biloxi…

Lack of Law Enforcement Legislation

While many laws will go into effect today, it is the ones not going into law that are on the mind of one Mississippi leader. Many pieces of legislation made their way through both chambers to eventually pass, but Mississippi…

Other Laws Going into Effect Friday

A few other laws will go in effect tomorrow. Students who live in “C,” “D,” or “F” rated districts can attend charter schools in another district. Superintendents will no longer be voted in and will now be appointed to the…

Texting and Driving Fine Increases

While some new laws are taking effect tomorrow, the penalties for others are going up. It’s been a year since texting and driving has been illegal in Mississippi. Tomorrow, the fine for texting and driving is switching gears from $25…

Governor Signs Open Container Law

Eating at a Coast restaurant and wanting to take your beer to go? Soon you’ll be able to. This morning, Governor Phil Bryant signed off on HB 1223 allowing Coast cities to set up entertainment districts where people can walk…

Last Minute Effort to Repeal HB 1523

Some House members are working on a plan that seeks to overturn the passage of the Religious Accommodations Act. Democrat Jay Hughes of Oxford has announced the introduction of the Mississippi Economic and Tourism Recovery Act. He’s calling this an…

Defunding Planned Parenthood Passed by State Senate

Mississippi senators have voted to prevent the state Medicaid program from spending any money with Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has only one medical clinic in Mississippi and it does not provide abortions. However, several senators have said they don’t want…

Strengthening Immigration Laws Passed by State Senate

Stricter enforcement of federal immigration laws could be on its way to the Magnolia State. The state Senate passed a bill that would require officers to alert federal agencies when they believe someone is in the country illegally. The bill…

Election Reform Laws Move Forward

Mississippi voters could soon register online and vote in person ahead of elections under bills moving forward in the state Legislature. House members have passed three bills to rewrite the state’s election laws, a proposal pushed by Secretary of State…