Latest Mississippi State Legislature News

Analysis: Politicians split on questions of bodily autonomy

Dec. 05, 2021 17:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Gov. Tate Reeves and several other Mississippi politicians make clear that they don't think the government should mandate vaccination against COVID-19. They take a different stance on bodily autonomy when it comes to a woman or girl deciding whether to have...

Two new members nominated for state health board

Nov. 29, 2021 17:32 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An obstetrician-gynecologist and a pharmacist have been nominated by Gov. Tate Reeves to join the Mississippi State Board of Health. Dr. James Patrick “Pat” Chaney and Dr. Lee Ann Griffin are both graduates of Mississippi public universities....

Mississippi senator sworn in for seat he previously held

Nov. 16, 2021 19:38 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democrat Kelvin Butler of Magnolia was sworn in to the Mississippi Senate on Tuesday, returning to the seat he previously held for 12 years. Butler won a Nov. 2 special election in Senate District 38, which has all of...

Man breaks ankles in jump from burning home in Mississippi

Nov. 15, 2021 19:44 PM EST

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — A man jumped from the second story of a burning home Monday in south Mississippi, escaping the fire but breaking both his ankles in the fall. WLOX-TV reported that the man, who was not identified, was recovering in a...

New Mississippi House member formerly secured the Senate

Nov. 04, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The newest member of the Mississippi House of Representatives used to be in control of security on the other end of the state Capitol. Democratic Rep. Robert Sanders of Cleveland took his oath of office during a small ceremony Wednesday in the...

1 Mississippi Senate race decided, 1 going to a runoff

Nov. 03, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi state senator appears to have reclaimed the seat he once held. Unofficial results show Kelvin Butler received more than half the votes in Tuesday's special election in Senate District 38, which has all of Wilkinson County and...

Special elections will fill 2 seats in Mississippi Senate

Nov. 01, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Special elections are being held Tuesday to fill two Mississippi Senate seats that have been vacant since the summer. One of the races has nine candidates and could go to a Nov. 23 runoff. The Senate District 32 seat became...

1st-term Mississippi rep jumps from Democrat to Republican

Nov. 01, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

HOUSTON, Miss. (AP) — A first-term Mississippi lawmaker is switching from Democrat to Republican, and his move increases the GOP's supermajority in the 122-member House of Representatives. “I feel this gives my constituents a real seat at the table. Gives me an...

Mississippi state Sen. Wiggins challenging US Rep. Palazzo

Oct. 25, 2021 14:58 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,...