Legislative Briefing

By The Associated Press

Group wants golf carts on roads
A group of Coast residents asked legislators Wednesday to consider letting cities or counties authorize the use of low-speed vehicles, such as golf carts, on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or slower.
The House Transportation Committee vice chairman, Democrat Donnie Bell of Fulton, said he wants to talk to law enforcement officials and insurance agents about the proposal.
Holcomb said 46 states, including Florida, allow some use of golf carts or other low-speed vehicles on certain public roads, usually where the speed limit is no more than 35 mph.

Barbour readies State of the State
JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour will outline his legislative priorities during his State of the State address next week.
The speech is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the House chamber at the state Capitol in Jackson.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting will carry the speech live on television and radio.

Senate approves official chaplain
JACKSON – The state Senate on Wednesday passed a resolution authorizing the chamber’s first official chaplain, but not without debate.
The Rev. Ben James, pastor of Prentiss Baptist Church, has been chosen for the unpaid position by Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant.
Senate President Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, said having a chaplain “is a way for us to make a statement that faith in our lives is very important.” But Sen. Alice Harden, D-Jackson, was among a handful of lawmakers who questioned the need for a chaplain.
“I think as Christian people we ought to walk the walk rather than talk the talk,” Harden said. “With the legislation I have seen passed in this chamber, a lot of it is unbearable.”