Latest Mississippi State Legislature News

Mississippi state Sen. Wiggins challenging US Rep. Palazzo

Oct. 25, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi state Sen. Brice Wiggins said Monday that he is challenging U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo in the 2022 Republican primary. Palazzo, of Biloxi, is a military veteran and served in the state House before unseating...

Mississippi legislators revising medical marijuana proposal

Oct. 23, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are tweaking a proposal to create a medical marijuana program, but Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has not said when he will call a special session to put it into law. A new version of a bill would allow larger growing facilities,...

Analysis: Ex-lawmaker argues for Mississippi abortion limits

Oct. 17, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold abortion restrictions that he helped put into state law. Gipson is a Republican and was a state representative and chairman of the House Judiciary B...

Reeves: Work still happening on medical marijuana proposal

Oct. 12, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday that he and legislative leaders are continuing to negotiate changes in a proposal to create a medical marijuana program, including putting tight limits on how much of the medicine one person could buy. The...

Dispute over Mississippi House race goes to state high court

Oct. 04, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court acted quickly Monday to block a circuit judge's order in a dispute over whether a special election is needed to fill a vacancy in the state House of Representatives. Two people signed up to run in a Nov. 2 special...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Sep. 29, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

The (McComb) Enterprise-Journal. Sept. 28, 2021. Editorial: Marijuana Bill Is An Improvement It’s often easy to criticize the Mississippi Legislature, which like any group of elected officials is composed of people with vastly differing...

Mississippi session requested on medical marijuana proposal

Sep. 24, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislative leaders said Friday that they are asking Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call the House and Senate into special session to enact a medical marijuana program and approve financial help for hospitals. They also want legislators...

Mississippi negotiators reach proposal on medical marijuana

Sep. 23, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi House and Senate negotiators said Thursday that they have agreed on a proposed medical marijuana program. Leaders are expected to ask Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call the Legislature into session to put the plan into law. The step...

Ink barely dry on budget as Mississippi starts new one

Sep. 23, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Less than three months into the current budget year, Mississippi legislators are starting to plan for the next one. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee holds a public hearing Friday as part of the long process of deciding how the state will...

Crowded field running for Mississippi Senate seat

Sep. 16, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nine people have qualified to run for a Mississippi Senate seat vacated in June when Sen. Sampson Jackson retired after 29 years. Gov. Tate Reeves scheduled a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 2, WTOK-TV reported. A runoff election, if necessary,...