Latest Mississippi State Legislature News

Mississippi lawmakers work toward medical marijuana program

Jul. 22, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi lawmakers say they're continuing to work on proposals to create a medical marijuana program, two months after the state Supreme Court invalidated one that voters had approved. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that...

Ex-lawmaker joins Mississippi Archives and History board

Jul. 19, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former state lawmaker is the newest member of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees. Trustees met Friday and elected Kimberly L. Campbell of Jackson to finish a six-year term started by former state Supreme Court...

Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers could set Parole Board path

Jul. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators will decide next year whether to keep the state Parole Board as a separate entity or transfer the board's functions to the Department of Corrections. Some state agencies come up for review every few years. The law...

Former Mississippi first lady Elise Winter dies at 95

Jul. 17, 2021 22:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Elise Winter, the wife of former Mississippi Gov. William Winter, was surrounded by loved ones when she died Saturday at her home in Jackson, said Dick Molpus, a longtime family friend who served on Winter's gubernatorial staff. She was 95. The...

Reeves sets November elections to fill 2 Senate vacancies

Jul. 14, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has set special elections in November to fill two empty seats in the Mississippi Senate. Democratic Sens. Sampson Jackson of Preston and Tammy Witherspoon of Magnolia stepped down June 30, the last day of the state...

Special elections will fill 2 seats in Mississippi Senate

Jul. 06, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves will set special elections to fill two empty seats in the Mississippi Senate. Democratic Sens. Sampson Jackson of Preston and Tammy Witherspoon of Magnolia stepped down June 30, the last day of the state budget year....

Mississippi lawmakers hear testimony on medical marijuana

Jun. 29, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two prominent Mississippi physicians urged lawmakers Monday to put “guardrails” in place if medical marijuana is legalized in the state, warning that officials should be careful about making a product available that has not been thoroughly tested by the FDA —...

Advocacy group calls for slavery reparations in Mississippi

Jun. 26, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Leo Carney doesn’t want Congress to stop with Juneteenth. The co-founder of the Mississippi chapter of the American Descendants of Slavery wants to see reparations paid to the majority of Black Mississippians who trace their lineage to chattel...

Man arrested for arson at home of slain lawmaker's relative

Jun. 20, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

WATER VALLEY, Miss. (AP) — A man has been arrested for arson in a December fire that killed the sister-in-law of a former Mississippi lawmaker. Former state Rep. Ashley Henley was found shot to death on June 13 outside the same burned-out mobile home where Kristina...

Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states

Jun. 18, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. Nearly all states recognize...