WTOK – Top Republican outraises top Dem in governor’s race

Candidates had a Thursday deadline to report how much money their campaigns collected and spent during 2018.

In the Republican primary for governor, Tate Reeves reports having $5.2 million on hand and Robert Foster reports about $12,300. Reeves is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as state treasurer. Foster is a first-term state representative.

In the Democratic primary for governor, Jim Hood reports having just over $1 million and Velesha P. Williams reports about $1,380. Hood is in his fourth term as attorney general, and Williams is a retired Jackson State University employee.



Hosemann reports $2.6 million for LG run

 

Gov. Bryant wants a heart-beat bill

 

WTOK – Bill proposing Mississippi teacher pay raises passes committee

The House Education Committee Thursday passed House Bill 1349, which proposes $500 increases in teacher salaries for each of the next two years, for a total of $1,000.

That would boost the starting pay for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree from $34,390 now to $35,390, beginning July 1, 2020.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Rep. Charles Busby of Pascagoula. It would also boost the long-frozen salaries of assistant teachers from $12,500 to $13,500 over the same two-year period.



The bill also includes proposals intended to alleviate a shortage of Mississippi teachers.

Democrat Hughes unhappy with teacher pay raise bill

 

Baria, #msleg Democrat hold presser on Economic Justice

 

WTVA – School safety bill advances in Mississippi House

A bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings and other threats is advancing.

The House Education Committee on Thursday passed House Bill 1283 , sending it to the full House for more consideration.

The plan would require safety inspections and twice-yearly active shooter drills at public schools. It would also create a threat-reporting mechanism to be monitored by three dedicated analysts at the state Department of Public Safety.

Gov. Bryant: Send me the special needs bill and I will sign it

 

CLARION LEDGER – Bill would make voting absentee easier for Mississippi college students

Republican Sen. Kevin Blackwell of SouthavenCollege students would have an easier time voting under legislation that unanimously passed an initial test in the Mississippi Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 2806 would eliminate several burdensome requirements for college students who have moved away for school but want to vote absentee in their home districts.

As it stands now, they must apply for an absentee ballot before each election by mail, and the application must be notarized. Then once they receive and complete the ballot, it also must be notarized before they mail it back.

Sen. Hyde-Smith co-sponsors immigration, medical training bills

 

WCBI – Saga in Okolona Town Marshall’s race takes another turn

Gov. Bryant commends Congressman Palazzo for work on Homeland Security Conference Committee

 

Home Stretch expanding in Nettleton

 

CLARION LEDGER – Lawmakers to out-of-state visitors: Stop getting married in Mississippi

John Polk, R-Hattiesburg, is Senate Accountability,It’s too cheap to get married in Mississippi, a group of lawmakers agreed Thursday.

At $20 per marriage license request, Mississippi has one of the lowest prices in the Southeast, said Senate Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Chairman John Polk, R-Hattiesburg.

“We have a lot of circuit clerks who are being inundated with marriage license requests from out of state actually,” Polk told his fellow lawmakers. “It’s become a numbers game.”