Legislature

Mississippi lawmakers hear testimony on medical marijuana

By LEAH WILLINGHAM JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two prominent Mississippi physicians urged lawmakers Monday to put “guardrails” in place if medical marijuana is legalized in the state, warning that officials should be careful about making a product available that has…

Mississippi lawmakers: Revive initiatives, marijuana program

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some Mississippi lawmakers say they want Gov. Tate Reeves to call them back to the Capitol for a special session to revive the state’s initiative process. Others want a chance to quickly revive discussion of a medical…

Pay raises, yes; tax changes, no: Mississippi session ends

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators agreed on a teacher pay raise and voted to update parole rules before adjourning their 2021 session. Lawmakers adjourned Thursday after setting a state budget for the year that starts…

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…

Analysis: Capitol action could affect wallets and leisure

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators are making decisions that could affect people's wallets and change some of their leisure activities. Teachers could get a pay raise. Senate Bill 2001 would give $1,000 to most teachers and $1,100 to newer ones as…

Mississippi could alter legislative session amid pandemic

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann says Mississippi legislators should consider delaying much of their 2021 session by several weeks. He says that could prevent the state Capitol from again becoming a super spreader…

State Legislature to reconvene Tuesday; economy is on agenda

Mississippi senators will receive a full briefing on the economic outlook of Mississippi and revenue projections when the 2020 Legislative Session reconvenes next week, according to a press release from Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann. State Economist Dr. Darrin Webb and…

State Legislature reconvenes today in Jackson

By agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, the Mississippi Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1 p.m. today.   The Legislature recessed its 125-day Session temporarily on March 18, following the…

Mississippi Legislature to resume 2020 session on May 18

By agreement of Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, the Mississippi Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session on Monday, May 18. The Legislature recessed its 125-day Session temporarily on March 18, following the Governor’s…

MDE Finalizes Teacher Pay Raise Total

In consultation with school districts, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) has determined that 40,991 teachers and teacher assistants are eligible for the state-funded, $1,500 pay raise.   The number of teaching positions is an increase from the original estimate…

Expanding topics at special session

A spokesman says Governor Phil Bryant has not completed the agenda for a special legislative session, but the top issue will be finishing the budget. Bryant called the session to begin June 5th. Legislators left in late March without setting…

State Attorney General on Mississippi Budget Woes

Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi’s budget is a mess because the legislature has been cutting taxes to help campaign donors. Hood also says Republican legislative leaders are only letting a few senators and representatives take part in the budget…

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves on Budget Woes

State lawmakers now face a $56.8 million challenge after a staff error over-projected the state budget. News 25’s Kristen Durand asked Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves about the shortfall. A $56.8 million mistake now looms over the state Legislature, a mistake…