Latest Mississippi state government News

Lawmaker: Power struggle is 'decapitation' of Black-run city

Feb. 08, 2023 18:31 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Black lawmakers in Mississippi are denouncing efforts by the majority-white and Republican-led state Legislature to grab power from the majority-Black and Democratic-led capital city of Jackson. “The actions being taken by our legislative leadership amount...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 08, 2023 13:41 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. February 4, 2023. Editorial: Initiative Bill Needs More Work A Mississippi Senate committee has passed a bill that would create a ballot initiative to replace the one voided by the state Supreme Court in 2021. What’s interesting, though, is...

Mississippi House OKs court with unelected judges in Jackson

Feb. 07, 2023 22:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Mississippi House on Tuesday passed a bill to create a new court district in part of the capital city of Jackson with judges who would be appointed rather than elected. Black Democrats pushed back vociferously against House Bill 1020...

Mississippi Senate passes postpartum Medicaid extension

Feb. 07, 2023 19:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi state senators passed a bill Tuesday that would let mothers keep Medicaid coverage for a year after giving birth, up from the current two months. “This is the exact same bill that we passed last session three times 45-5,” said Sen. Kevin...

Jackson water system a step closer to getting new owners

Feb. 07, 2023 18:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson’s troubled water system could be one step closer to getting new owners after legislation passed the state Senate Tuesday. It's the latest development in a crisis that has left residents of Mississippi's capital without consistent access to running...

Doctor, GOP governor clash over private Medicaid discussion

Feb. 02, 2023 17:53 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said in a private conversation that expanding Medicaid to people working low-wage jobs would be in the best interest of the state, but that he refuses to support the policy for political reasons, a former chancellor of the...

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Feb. 02, 2023 09:35 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 01, 2023 19:49 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. January 28, 2023. Editorial: A Unanimous Medicaid Vote It may not change anything, but Mississippi House Republicans who are dead-set against any form of Medicaid expansion now have a bit of cover if they wish to reconsider. As...

20 attorneys general warn Walgreens, CVS over abortion pills

Feb. 01, 2023 12:40 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys general in 20 conservative-led states warned CVS and Walgreens on Wednesday that they could face legal consequences if they sell abortion pills by mail in those states. A letter from Republican Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey to the nation's...

Mississippi initiative proposal survives Capitol deadline

Jan. 31, 2023 20:58 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators have narrowed down the list of issues they will consider with two months remaining in their three-month session. Tuesday was the session's first major deadline, with House and Senate committees passing or killing general bills filed in their own...