Latest Mississippi State Legislature News

Pascagoula sees continued development in its downtown area

Jan. 15, 2022 16:46 PM EST

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — Several redevelopment projects in Pascagoula are expected to continue in 2022. Projects involving apartments, commercial space and a boutique hotel are expected to get underway soon, Gulflive.com reported. The city’s downtown area is seeing...

Medical marijuana advances with Mississippi senate vote

Jan. 13, 2022 17:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators voted Thursday to advance a bill that would create a medical marijuana program, sending it to the House for more work. One lawmaker started the debate by quoting Bob Dylan's “Everybody Must Get Stoned." It was a double reference to...

Medical marijuana proposal moves to Mississippi Senate

Jan. 12, 2022 18:18 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A bill to create a medical marijuana program is headed for debate in the Mississippi Senate in coming days. Senate Bill 2095 passed the Senate Public Health Committee on Wednesday. It would allow a person with a marijuana prescription to obtain up to 3.5 grams...

Mississippi House takes 1st step to approve tax cut plan

Jan. 12, 2022 17:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi would phase out its income tax, reduce the sales tax on groceries and set a higher sales tax rate on many other items, under a bill that advanced Wednesday through the state House. House Bill 531 passed 96-12, with bipartisan support. It is...

Teacher pay raise plan moves forward at Mississippi Capitol

Jan. 12, 2022 17:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House acted quickly Wednesday to approve a bill that would increase teacher pay, nudging ahead of senators who are working on a separate plan. The House bill would give raises of $4,000 to $6,000. The Senate proposes an average increase of...

Mississippi Senate OKs revisions to 4 US House districts

Jan. 12, 2022 14:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Mississippi Senate on Wednesday passed a plan to redraw the state’s four congressional districts, sending it to Gov. Tate Reeves for his expected approval. The NAACP or other opponents could still ask a federal court to consider...

Mississippi House panel OKs bill to phase out income tax

Jan. 11, 2022 18:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House is working on a proposal to phase out the state income tax, reduce the sales tax on groceries and increase the sales tax on many other items. The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday passed the first version of the proposal, House...

Separate plans propose raises for Mississippi teachers

Jan. 11, 2022 17:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House and Senate are pushing forward with separate plans to give pay raises to teachers. The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday passed House Bill 530, and the whole House could debate the bill in coming days. The committee...

Mississippi tax revenue jumps during 1st half of budget year

Jan. 10, 2022 16:04 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi government collected more money during the first half of this budget year than it did during the same period a year earlier. With the robust collections, legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Tate Reeves say they want to approve some sort of tax...

Mississippi Senate leaders propose teacher pay increase

Jan. 10, 2022 15:56 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Senate leaders are proposing a plan to increase teachers' pay an average of $4,700 over two years to try to move the state away from its perpetually low national ranking for educators' salaries. Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and Senate...