June 25, 2013 •
Funding for state Medicaid program hangs in the balance
Governor Phil Bryant has called a special session of the Legislature to begin Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Legislators are tasked with reauthorizing the state’s Medicaid program. Attempts to do so during the regular session stalled when House Democrats tried to push for expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act.
April 25, 2013 •
Medicaid reauthorization will not be addressed
Lawmakers will return to Jackson on Friday, April 26, for a special session.
The session will likely focus on economic incentives for an automobile manufacturer considering building a manufacturing plant in Clay County, but Governor Bryant would only say it relates to the state’s automobile corridor.
The state’s Medicaid reauthorization will be addressed in a separate special session.
April 18, 2013 •
Economic incentives and Medicaid could be on the table
A special session of the Legislature may convene at the end of April. Lawmakers have said they were told to report back on April 29, but a spokesperson for Governor Bryant would not confirm a special session or date.
It’s expected the session, if called, will involve economic incentives for an automotive supplier. It’s not clear if the Legislature will tackle Medicaid reauthorization in the same session, though lawmakers speculate a separate special session will be held.
April 15, 2013 •
Changed to avoid voter confusion
The special election for House District 95 has been rescheduled from May 14, 2013 to May 28, 2013.
A runoff election will be held June 18, 2013, if needed.
The election date was changed because the original runoff date coincided with municipal elections, and election officials were concerned it could lead to voter confusion.
April 4, 2013 •
Special session on Medicaid expected
The Mississippi Legislature adjourned sine die on April 4, 2013.
Despite approving a budget for fiscal year 2014, lawmakers will need to return for a special session to reauthorize the Medicaid program. Reauthorization efforts stalled due to a dispute over whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
A special session will be needed prior to the start of the fiscal year on July 1 to keep the program funded.
April 4, 2013 •
Runoff scheduled June 4 if needed
The seat for House District 95 will be filled by special election on May 14, 2013.
A runoff, if needed, will be held on June 4.
The seat was left vacant by the death of Representative Jessica Upshaw in March.
Photo of the Mississippi State House by Shawn Lea on Wikipedia.
February 19, 2013 •
January 29, 2013 •
Election will fill House District 36 seat
Governor Phil Bryant has set a special election to fill the House District 36 seat on March 12, 2013.
A runoff will be held April 2, 2013, if no candidate receives a majority of the votes.
The seat was held by Representative David Gibbs until his death from cancer on January 13.
December 11, 2012 •
November 29, 2012 •
Seat vacated by Rep. Kevin McGee
Governor Phil Bryant has scheduled the special election for Mississippi House District 59 for January 8, 2013.
The seat was vacated on November 19 by Representative Kevin McGee, who resigned after paying a $10,000 fine to resolve an ethics case involving public contracts that went to his family’s printing company.
November 7, 2012 •
Top two candidates to face off November 27
A runoff election will be held for Mississippi House District 52 on November 27, 2012.
The top two candidates in the special election held November 6 are Bill Kinkade and Jeremy Bryan.
They are vying for the seat vacated by Representative Tommy Woods, who resigned on the advice of his doctors after suffering a mild stroke after the last election.
July 18, 2012 •
Election coincides with general election for other races
Governor Phil Bryant has set November 6, 2012 as the date of a special election to fill the District 19 senate seat.
The seat was previously held by retired Senator Merle Flowers, who resigned effective July 11, citing a need to spend more time with his family.
Photo of Governor Bryant courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted on Wikipedia.
May 4, 2012 •
Arizona, Hawaii, and Mississippi
Arizona: The Arizona Legislature adjourned its session sine die on May 3. Governor Jan Brewer has 10 days to sign or veto legislation transmitted to her, or the legislation becomes law automatically.
Hawaii: The Hawaii Legislature adjourned sine die yesterday, May 3, 2012.
Mississippi: The Mississippi Legislature adjourned ahead of schedule on May 3, 2012.
Thank you to Research Associates George Ticoras, Shamus Williams, and Jen Zona for providing us with this legislative session information.