June 11, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature Agrees to Further Extend Session

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The Mississippi Legislature has adopted a resolution to once again extend the legislative session. The resolution initially called for the session to be extended until December 31. However, a Senate amendment was passed setting the date for adjournment sine die […]

The Mississippi Legislature has adopted a resolution to once again extend the legislative session.

The resolution initially called for the session to be extended until December 31.

However, a Senate amendment was passed setting the date for adjournment sine die on October 10.

The resolution calls for the Legislature to now reconvene for six days in October.

The Legislature will consider matters regarding any additional funds appropriated by the U.S Congress to the state for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session was previously extended from May 10 to July 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 8, 2020 •

Mississippi Senator Gary Jackson Announces Resignation

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After 17 years of service representing District 15, Sen. Gary Jackson has announced his resignation effective June 30, citing growing health concerns. Jackson was met with a standing ovation following his announcement on the Senate Floor. Furthermore, a special election […]

After 17 years of service representing District 15, Sen. Gary Jackson has announced his resignation effective June 30, citing growing health concerns.

Jackson was met with a standing ovation following his announcement on the Senate Floor.

Furthermore, a special election to fill Jackson’s seat for the remainder of his term ending in 2024 will be scheduled.

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May 1, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature to Reconvene Session on May 1

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have announced the Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1:00 p.m. on May 1. In addition, the end-of-session report will be due 10 days after the […]

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have announced the Legislature will reconvene the 2020 Legislative Session at 1:00 p.m. on May 1.

In addition, the end-of-session report will be due 10 days after the adjournment sine die of the regular legislative session.

The expected adjournment date was extended to June 9 when the session was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

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April 14, 2020 •

Mississippi Sets House District 87 Special Election for November

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has announced the special election to fill House District 87 will be held on November 3. A runoff election is set for November 24 if needed. The seat was vacated when Billy Andrews resigned in March. […]

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has announced the special election to fill House District 87 will be held on November 3.

A runoff election is set for November 24 if needed.

The seat was vacated when Billy Andrews resigned in March.

The resignation, like Ramona Blackledge’s resignation in January, was due to House leadership ruling members could not collect state government pension while receiving legislative pay.

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April 2, 2020 •

Mississippi Postpones House District 88 Special Election

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Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered the special election for House District 88 set for April 21 be postponed until June 23. The seat was vacated when Ramona Blackledge resigned in January. Due to the House leadership ruling members could not […]

Gov. Tate Reeves has ordered the special election for House District 88 set for April 21 be postponed until June 23.

The seat was vacated when Ramona Blackledge resigned in January.

Due to the House leadership ruling members could not collect legislative pay while also receiving state retirement funds.

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March 30, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature Delays Reconvening Session

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Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have agreed to delay reconvening the 2020 legislative session. Pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 65, the Legislature will not convene on April 1 as initial scheduled. Instead, the Legislature […]

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn have agreed to delay reconvening the 2020 legislative session.

Pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 65, the Legislature will not convene on April 1 as initial scheduled.

Instead, the Legislature will reconvene on an unspecified date in the future, due to concerns about COVID-19.

The session, when reconvened, is not to exceed the limit of 125 days allotted for by the Mississippi Constitution.

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March 18, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature Halts Session Over COVID-19 Concerns

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The Legislature has announced the legislative session will be suspended. The Senate met March 18 to pass House Bill 1647. House Bill 1647 provides administrative leave to local government and school district employees in response to the effects of COVID-19. […]

The Legislature has announced the legislative session will be suspended.

The Senate met March 18 to pass House Bill 1647.

House Bill 1647 provides administrative leave to local government and school district employees in response to the effects of COVID-19.

The Senate also agreed to House Concurrent Resolution 65, suspending the session until April 1.

The resolution also extended the legislative session until June 9 and provided for a potential further extension until July 9.

The additional extension is needed if the Legislature is unable to reconvene in time for the June 9 deadline.

This does affect lobbyist reporting.

The end of session report due 10 days after the Legislature adjourns sine die will now be due on June 19 unless an additional extension of the session occurs.

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September 23, 2019 •

Mississippi Governor Announces Special Election for Senate District 50

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Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election on November 5 for Senate District 50. A special judge for Harrison County Circuit Court vacated the August 6 primary results due to possible voter irregularities. Five of the district’s 16 precincts will […]

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election on November 5 for Senate District 50.

A special judge for Harrison County Circuit Court vacated the August 6 primary results due to possible voter irregularities.

Five of the district’s 16 precincts will be allowed to re-vote during the special election to conclude the Republican primary.

No Democratic candidates ran for the vacant seat during the Democratic primary.

The winner of the special election will serve the full term for Senate District 50.

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April 4, 2019 •

Mississippi Legislature Adjourns

The Mississippi Legislature adjourned sine die on March 29. House Bill 1205 was passed, prohibiting public agencies from requiring 501(c) entities to provide the public agency with the personal information of its members, supporters, volunteers or donors. While the bill […]

The Mississippi Legislature adjourned sine die on March 29.

House Bill 1205 was passed, prohibiting public agencies from requiring 501(c) entities to provide the public agency with the personal information of its members, supporters, volunteers or donors.

While the bill has been negatively characterized as allowing dark money contributions, it does not affect any provision of the state’s campaign finance statutes.

An end-of-session report is due 10 days following adjournment sine die of the Legislature.

However, the Secretary of State’s Office has not yet announced a revision to the April 17 due date.

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January 8, 2019 •

Mississippi Governor Sets Special Election Dates

Gov. Phil Bryant signed three writ of elections today, declaring March 12 as the special election date for House Districts 32, 71, and 101. If necessary, a runoff special election will be held on April 2. Reps. Willie Perkins (District […]

Gov. Phil Bryant signed three writ of elections today, declaring March 12 as the special election date for House Districts 32, 71, and 101.

If necessary, a runoff special election will be held on April 2.

Reps. Willie Perkins (District 32), Adrienne Wooten (District 71), and Brad Touchstone (District 101) were elected to different judgeships in the November 2018 election and had to resign from the House of Representatives.

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September 5, 2018 •

Mississippi Governor Calls Special Election for House District 85

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election for November 6, to fill a seat in House District 85. The special election will fill the seat vacated by Rep. America Middleton. The winner will complete the last year of Middleton’s term.

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election for November 6, to fill a seat in House District 85.

The special election will fill the seat vacated by Rep. America Middleton.

The winner will complete the last year of Middleton’s term.

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August 30, 2018 •

Mississippi Special Session Adjourns

The Mississippi special session adjourned on August 29. Lawmakers passed House Bill 1 to address infrastructure projects to repair, reconstruct, and provide maintenance to the state’s roads and bridges. During the special session, lawmakers also passed bills related to the […]

The Mississippi special session adjourned on August 29.

Lawmakers passed House Bill 1 to address infrastructure projects to repair, reconstruct, and provide maintenance to the state’s roads and bridges.

During the special session, lawmakers also passed bills related to the creation of a state lottery and the deposit of funds from the BP oil spill settlement.

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August 20, 2018 •

Mississippi Announces Special Session

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special session to convene on August 23. The session will address infrastructure funding for state roads and bridges. Lawmakers have proposed funding infrastructure projects by diverting internet sales taxes, sports betting revenue, and creating a […]

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special session to convene on August 23.

The session will address infrastructure funding for state roads and bridges.

Lawmakers have proposed funding infrastructure projects by diverting internet sales taxes, sports betting revenue, and creating a state lottery.

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July 30, 2018 •

Mississippi Governor Announces Special Election for House District 31

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election on November 6, to fill a seat in House District 31. The special election will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Sara Thomas last month. Thomas has served in the role for 21 […]

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special election on November 6, to fill a seat in House District 31.

The special election will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Sara Thomas last month.

Thomas has served in the role for 21 years and cited the desire to spend more time with family as her reason for resigning.

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