By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – It’s one of the eternal truths of the Mississippi Legislature: Most lawmakers vote on bills they haven’t read. That may not square with the idealized, Schoolhouse Rock-vision of the legislative process that’s taught in civics, but there are just too many bills. And unlike in Congress, Mississippi lawmakers […]

Daily Journal With just a week left to qualify, more candidates are throwing their names in the hat. In Guntown, with the addition of incumbent Brent Lindsey and William Daniel Davis, there are now six candidates for the five alderman slots. Nathan Moore will challenge sitting mayor Mem Riley for the job of leading Nettleton. […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal North Mississippi’s U.S. representative and the state’s two U.S. senators spent a congressional recess last week working abroad, but some local citizens are eager for a stronger district footprint from federal lawmakers. In his capacity as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Mississippi, led an official congressional […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal TUPELO – A minister who took the front lines last year of a local movement pushing for police department reforms has declared his candidacy to represent Ward 3 on the City Council. James Hull qualified as a Democrat last week. His candidacy sets up a potential electoral rematch with Ward […]

By Caleb Bedillion Daily Journal A bill to create an early voting period in Mississippi faces an unfriendly reception in the state Senate despite strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. House Bill 228 would allow any registered voter to cast a ballot from 14 days prior to an election day until the Saturday […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Legislation that would give the governor control of more than 60 boards that regulate multiple professions passed a key hurdle Friday morning. But Senate Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Chair John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, who steered the legislation through his committee Friday, told members that significant changes must […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A bill to limit the ability of the attorney general to file lawsuits – legislation that could have had consequences for the state budget – is dead for the 2017 legislative session, according to a key committee chair. The Senate Judiciary A Committee voted to lay […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant said Thursday that he wants legislators to make a late-session push to enact a lottery that might generate tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue. “When you’re looking at some of the challenges that we’re having and you see a revenue bill […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – A comprehensive plan to deal with what many say is a deteriorating transportation system in Mississippi most likely will not be passed during the 2017 legislative session. Wednesday was the deadline for such a proposal to pass at least one chamber of the Legislature. While the […]