May 11, 2017 •

Special Election Called for Mississippi House Opening

Gov. Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill a vacancy in the Mississippi House of Representatives. Rep. Mark Formby vacated the District 108 seat to become chairman of the state Workers Compensation Commission. The election is set for […]

Gov. Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill a vacancy in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Rep. Mark Formby vacated the District 108 seat to become chairman of the state Workers Compensation Commission.

The election is set for July 25, 2017, with a runoff, if necessary, on August 15.

The qualifying deadline for candidates is June 5.

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April 27, 2017 •

Mississippi Governor Calls Special Session

Gov. Phil Bryant announced a special session of the state legislature will begin on June 5, 2017. Lawmakers will continue work on the budget for fiscal year 2018 left unfinished at the end of the regular session. Gov. Bryant, who […]

Mississippi_State_CapitolGov. Phil Bryant announced a special session of the state legislature will begin on June 5, 2017. Lawmakers will continue work on the budget for fiscal year 2018 left unfinished at the end of the regular session.

Gov. Bryant, who has sole authority to call special sessions and set the agenda, will announce other issues, if any, the session will cover closer to June 5.

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March 30, 2017 •

Mississippi Legislature Adjourns, Special Session Likely

The Mississippi Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session sine die on March 29, 2017, days before its anticipated adjournment date of April 2. Gov. Phil Bryant is, however, expected to call a special session before July 1, the date a […]

Mississippi_State_CapitolThe Mississippi Legislature adjourned the 2017 regular session sine die on March 29, 2017, days before its anticipated adjournment date of April 2.

Gov. Phil Bryant is, however, expected to call a special session before July 1, the date a new budget is needed for the next fiscal year.

The House and Senate reached a stalemate over infrastructure funding and an internet sales tax. Gov. Bryant said he would call the special session when lawmakers reach an agreement.

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February 9, 2017 •

Mississippi Senate Passes Bill Prohibiting Personal Use of Campaign Funds

The Senate unanimously passed a campaign finance bill prohibiting the personal use of campaign funds. Senate Bill 2689, passed with little debate, is nearly identical to a House-Senate conference measure from last year. The House, earlier in this legislative session, […]

Mississippi_State_CapitolThe Senate unanimously passed a campaign finance bill prohibiting the personal use of campaign funds. Senate Bill 2689, passed with little debate, is nearly identical to a House-Senate conference measure from last year.

The House, earlier in this legislative session, passed a similar bill; however, the Senate version leaves oversight of campaign finance with the Secretary of State, whereas the House version gives enforcement powers to the state ethics commission.

Additionally, the Senate version does not require itemization of credit card payments. Currently, lawmakers must itemize any expenditure over $200, but are able to bypass this by only listing payments to the credit card company.

Each house can pass the other’s version and send it to the governor, or meet in a conference committee to work out the differences.

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August 11, 2016 •

Mississippi Special House District Elections to Coincide with General Election

Two House district special elections will take place on November 8, 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant announced elections for House Districts 89 and 106 will coincide with the general election. The District 89 seat became vacant when state Rep. Bobby Shows […]

Mississippi-StateSeal.svgTwo House district special elections will take place on November 8, 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant announced elections for House Districts 89 and 106 will coincide with the general election.

The District 89 seat became vacant when state Rep. Bobby Shows retired.

State Rep. Herb Frierson left his District 106 seat to become commissioner of revenue.

If no candidate receives a majority on November 8, a runoff election will be held November 29.

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July 13, 2016 •

Special Election Called for Open House Seat in Mississippi

A special election has been called to fill the vacant House District 72 seat. The election will be held on August 23, 2016. Rep. Kimberly Campbell left the position at the end of May to become the state director of […]

Mississippi-StateSeal.svgA special election has been called to fill the vacant House District 72 seat. The election will be held on August 23, 2016.

Rep. Kimberly Campbell left the position at the end of May to become the state director of AARP. Candidate qualifying ends on July 25.

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July 1, 2016 •

Mississippi Special Session Adjourns

The House agreed to a bill allowing the governor to dip into the state’s rainy day fund to fill a deficit in the budget. Lawmakers returned for a special session on Tuesday, June 28, to take up the issue, and […]

Mississippi_State_CapitolThe House agreed to a bill allowing the governor to dip into the state’s rainy day fund to fill a deficit in the budget.

Lawmakers returned for a special session on Tuesday, June 28, to take up the issue, and the Senate quickly passed the measure. The House, however, required a second day but eventually agreed to the plan and adjourned the special session on June 29.

The deficit was the result of tax collections falling below expectations since the fiscal year began last July.

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June 28, 2016 •

Mississippi Gov. Calls Special Session

Gov. Phil Bryant has called a special session for June 28, 2016. The Governor is asking lawmakers to give him authorization to use the state’s rainy day fund, known as the Working Cash Stabilization Reserve Fund, to cover the nearly […]

Mississippi_State_CapitolGov. Phil Bryant has called a special session for June 28, 2016. The Governor is asking lawmakers to give him authorization to use the state’s rainy day fund, known as the Working Cash Stabilization Reserve Fund, to cover the nearly $75 million budget deficit.

If approved, it will be the third time Bryant has had to take such action. The shortfall has been blamed on lagging tax collection so far this year.

Photo of the Mississippi State Capitol by Shawn Lea on Wikimedia Commons.

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June 27, 2016 •

Mississippi Gov. Considers Calling Special Session

A special session could be looming in Mississippi as the state continues to deal with budget woes. Gov. Phil Bryant is currently considering calling lawmakers back into session to balance the budget. This may require the use of back-up funds […]

Governor_Phil_BryantA special session could be looming in Mississippi as the state continues to deal with budget woes.

Gov. Phil Bryant is currently considering calling lawmakers back into session to balance the budget. This may require the use of back-up funds and could cause a protracted fight to rework the current budget.

This would be Bryant’s sixth special session since taking office.

Photo of Gov. Phil Bryant by U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wikimedia Commons.

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April 21, 2016 •

Mississippi Legislature Adjourns Session Early

The Mississippi Legislature has adjourned its 2016 legislative session sine die today, April 21, 2016. The Senate concluded its session yesterday, but a House member held a bill on a motion to reconsider, forcing the House to convene once more. […]

Mississippi_State_CapitolThe Mississippi Legislature has adjourned its 2016 legislative session sine die today, April 21, 2016. The Senate concluded its session yesterday, but a House member held a bill on a motion to reconsider, forcing the House to convene once more.

The adjournment comes several days early, having originally been planned for April 24.

Photo of the Mississippi State Capitol by Shawn Lea on Wikimedia Commons.

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April 6, 2016 •

Supreme Court Declines Challenge to Mississippi Campaign Finance Law

The Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a Mississippi campaign finance law requiring individuals or groups to report expenditures of $200 or more to support or oppose a ballot measure. Five residents of Mississippi sued the state in […]

Mississippi-StateSeal.svgThe Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to a Mississippi campaign finance law requiring individuals or groups to report expenditures of $200 or more to support or oppose a ballot measure.

Five residents of Mississippi sued the state in 2011, claiming the reporting requirement was too burdensome and infringed on their rights of free speech and association.

A federal judge agreed, stating such requirements overly burdened smaller groups, but was overturned on appeal.

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March 30, 2016 •

Mississippi Governor Sets June Special Election

Gov. Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill a vacant seat in the state House. The election for the District 29 seat will be held June 7, 2016, with a runoff on June 28, 2016, if necessary. The […]

Mississippi-StateSeal.svgGov. Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill a vacant seat in the state House. The election for the District 29 seat will be held June 7, 2016, with a runoff on June 28, 2016, if necessary.

The position opened last week after Rep. Linda Coleman accepted an appointment as a circuit judge. She had served as District 29’s representative since 1992.

 

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February 4, 2016 •

Mississippi Governor Calls Legislature into Special Session

Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a special session of the legislature to consider economic incentives to bring two development projects to the state. The session, running concurrently with the regular session, began today, February 4, 2016. During the special session, […]

Mississippi_State_CapitolGov. Phil Bryant has announced a special session of the legislature to consider economic incentives to bring two development projects to the state. The session, running concurrently with the regular session, began today, February 4, 2016.

During the special session, lawmakers will be exclusively considering the construction of a tire plant outside of Jackson and a project to help a Gulfport shipyard.

Photo of the Mississippi State Capitol by Shawn Lea on Wikimedia Commons.

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April 6, 2015 •

Mississippi Legislature Adjourns

The Legislature adjourned sine die on April 2, 2015, after the House finalized work on two bills passed by the Senate. Photo of the Mississippi State Capitol by Shawn Lea on Wikimedia Commons.

Mississippi_State_CapitolThe Legislature adjourned sine die on April 2, 2015, after the House finalized work on two bills passed by the Senate.

Photo of the Mississippi State Capitol by Shawn Lea on Wikimedia Commons.

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