The Mississippi Senate passed a bill that leaders say will bring 75 percent of the $750 million BP economic damages settlement to the Coast. Wednesday morning, the House is expected to begin debating the bill
Less than an hour after BP oil spill bill passed the House, MS Gov. Phil Bryant signed the infrastructure and roads bill and celebrated the end of what he called a historic special session of the Legislature.
The House passed a bill to allow the lottery in Mississippi, but it differs from the bill approved by the Senate. The two chambers of Mississippi government will likely have to work together to come up with a compromise.
Gov. Phil Bryant will call a special session of the Legislature next week to nail down a deal to spend $640 million on roads and bridges across Mississippi. His call did not say where the money would come from.
A flood control board and the city of Jackson MS believe a 1,500-acre lake on the Pearl River would alleviate a chronic flooding problem. Activists worry it could have dire effects on Gulf Coast’s oyster business.
Russell Weatherly and T.J. Moran might be new to the MS Department of Marine Resources but they are familiar to people who follow Coast politics. Weatherly was Harrison County road manager and Moran worked for years for Rep. Steven Palazzo.
Jackson County MS District Attorney Tony Lawrence wants law changes to pave the way for prosecuting people in Mississippi on felony charges in abuse cases such as the assault on a St. Martin special education student on a school bus.
Websites the state of Mississippi operates on its own or through a partnership with Mississippi Interactive track visitors, gathering data with with cookies and other internet tricks. But website visitors can throw the state off their scent.
The Gulf Coast Business Council had three Mississippi Coast lawmakers in for a discussion of the just completed, and sometimes disappointing session. John Hairston, the Council's leader, said when it comes to BP money, he won't go quietly.
Mississippi has a racially biased system of removing voting rights from people convicted of certain crimes and a burdensome method of restoring those rights after ex-convicts serve their time, according to two federal lawsuits that seek change.
The Mississippi Legislature for the third straight year failed to figure out how to spend money from the BP oil disaster. House and Senate negotiators hung up over whether a Coast board or the Legislature would have control over about $700 million from BP.
In Mississippi, the fate of $700 million in BP economic damages money rests with six conferees trying to hash out differences in House and Senate bills. They have until 8 p.m. Monday to reach an agreement. Even with agreement, the bill would go back to both the House and Senate for floor debates and votes.