Chickasaw merger goes to governor

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A bill to consolidate the Houston and Chickasaw County school districts passed...

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Lee County Board of Supervisors will be given the authority to create what is known as leisure and recreation districts where liquor can be consumed outdoors. The proposal has now passed both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature and is heading to Gov. Phil Bryant. Bryant […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislators wrapped up the 2017 legislative session Wednesday afternoon, but they did not complete their work. Everyone concedes legislators will return before the new fiscal year begins July 1 where they will presumably pass budgets to fund the office of Attorney General, the Mississippi Department of […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Despite staying in session until midnight Monday, a deadline day to pass a state budget, three appropriations bills died – those funding the office of Attorney General Jim Hood, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the state Aid Road Program that provides state funds to help […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Senate quickly passed Monday morning legislation to allow the counties of Lee and Itawamba to construct county jails outside of their municipal seats of government. The bills, which passed the House earlier, now go to Gov. Phil Bryant, who is likely to sign them into […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The fight over how and whether to provide additional funds for the state’s roads and bridges has led to the specter that the Mississippi Department of Transportation will not be funded during the 2017 session for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. On Monday, […]

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By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The Okolona Municipal School District will not be merged with the Chickasaw County and Houston Municipal school districts under an agreement worked out by House and Senate leaders. The conference report was filed late Monday night to merge the Chickasaw and Houston districts, but maintain Okolona […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – If you are not registered to vote and want to cast a ballot during May’s municipal primary elections, best stroll down to city hall or the courthouse this week. Unregistered voters face a Saturday deadline to get themselves on the rolls in time to gain eligibility to participate […]

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On the heels of another round of budget cuts, state leaders over the weekend reached a budget agreement for the next fiscal year – and it will mean even more cuts. Bobby Harrison breaks it down in this week’s Capitol View webcast, plus he looks at where things stand with bond bills and transportation funding.

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a law banning sanctuary cities and other policies that might help people who have entered the country illegally. In signing the law Monday, the Republican governor said he’s also looking for other ways the state can cooperate with federal agencies to arrest people […]