Latest Mississippi State Legislature News

Reeves sets special election to fill House vacancy

May. 20, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday set a special election to fill a state House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, who resigned earlier this month. Williams-Barnes, 53, of Gulfport, took a job as Mississippi policy director for the...

$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

May. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate. The House-passed bill,...

With abortion in jeopardy, minority women have most to lose

May. 04, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — If you are Black or Hispanic in a conservative state that already limits access to abortions, you are far more likely than a white woman to have one. And if the U.S. Supreme Court allows states to further restrict or even ban abortions, minority women who...

Former leader of Black Caucus leaving Mississippi House

May. 02, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker who was a longtime leader in working to remove a Confederate symbol from the state flag said Monday she is stepping down to take a job with an advocacy group. Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes of Gulfport said her last day in the...

Reeves vetoes money for golf courses and other projects

Apr. 28, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that he has vetoed spending for several projects, including more than $13 million to revive a golf course and create an adventure trail at LeFleur's Bluff State Park in Jackson. He struck down the proposals two weeks...

Many Mississippi officials receiving pay raises next term

Apr. 27, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi governor and many other elected officials will receive substantial pay raises during the next four-year term. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves decided this week to allow House Bill 1426 to become law without his signature. He is expected to seek a...

Reeves vetoes $50M for improvements to UMMC adult hospital

Apr. 27, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed part of a budget bill for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, saying he objects to spending $50 million for improvements to the adult hospital in Jackson. The Republican governor issued the partial veto of...

Suit: Mississippi high court districts dilute Black voting

Apr. 25, 2022 15:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi needs to update its state Supreme Court districts to ensure Black voters have a chance to elect a candidate of their choice in a state with a history of racially polarized voting, Black plaintiffs said in a lawsuit filed Monday. Mississippi's three...

Louisiana House panel advances budget; debate set Thursday

Apr. 18, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana House panel advanced a proposed state operating budget Monday that includes $148 million for pay raises for teachers and school support staff and $104 million for increases for higher education, but strips a proposed $100-per-month increase in state...

New law extends no-test time for expired driver's license

Apr. 17, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new law gives Mississippi residents more time to renew expired driver's licenses without having to take a test. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed House Bill 971 Thursday, and it became law immediately. It says a license could be expired for...