Senator Wicker meets with Ivanka Trump

 

Senator Hyde-Smith supports funding bill

 

Congressman Palazzo backs funding bill he helped negotiate

 

Congressman Thompson seeks to prevent taking of land for border wall

 

CLARION LEDGER – Mississippi ACLU executive director to run or attorney general

Jennifer Riley CollinsThe executive director of Mississippi ACLU announced plans Thursday to run for state attorney general.

Jennifer Riley Collins, 53, of Clinton is the first Democrat to make her intentions known…

…She has been executive director of the Mississippi ACLU since 2013. She is also vice president of advocacy for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. She has a long military career in the U.S. Army and Reserves.

Collins said in a statement she has dedicated her life to protecting Mississippians and striving for justice. She said her legal career has put her on the frontlines fighting for criminal justice reform, juvenile justice, poverty, and voting rights.

HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – She’s a pro-life Christian from Miss. – and the only Republican to vote ‘no’ on abortion bill

Hattiesburg Rep. Missy McGee was the lone House Republican to vote "no" on the controversial abortion bill that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, sometimes as early as 6 weeks. The bill passed in the House and Senate.Rep. Missy McGee, R-Hattiesburg, is getting support from her constituents for her decision, including from a pro-life family who struggled with fertility.

McGee is one of 36 lawmakers in the House Wednesday to vote against the bill, which would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. Eighty-one voted for the ban, which could mean an abortion would be outlawed as early as six weeks into a pregnancy…

…”I cannot support legislation that makes such hard line, final decisions for other women; because, in fact, there are painful and heart-wrenching circumstances that do arise and should allow a woman to confer with her faith, her doctor and her family to make what will surely be one of — if not THE — most difficult decision of her life,” McGee said…

…Gulfport resident Kenny Craig is trying to start a grassroots effort to find a viable conservative candidate to run against McGee, who is currently running unopposed in the next election.

“If we can find a candidate to run against her before the deadline of March 1st I will personally donate $1,000, and will get a lot of others to donate to the campaign as well,” Craig said on Facebook. The post, which has been shared about 60 times on Thursday, had pledges of $1,000 contributions from two other people.

Gov. Bryant to Amazon after dropping out of NY: We have plenty of room for expansion

 

WTOK – Deadline torpedoes some House, Senate bills

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TOW TRUCK PROPERTY — Senate Bill 2182 would have allowed tow truck owners to sell personal property left inside of towed cars to cover unpaid towing bills.

REGIONAL JAILS — House Bill 1470 would have required the Mississippi Department of Corrections to fill county-owned regional jails before housing inmates in private prisons.

WLOX – Gollott’s impact as senator will be felt long after he retires

See the source imageThe longest-serving state lawmaker in Mississippi’s history may be retiring, but the legacy of Biloxi Sen. Tommy Gollott’s work will last long after he leaves the capitol.

With 52 years of service, Gollott has built a lot of things from the ground up…

…He said Gollott was involved from the very beginning when the legislature created the Coliseum Commission in 1968…

…In 1994, he built another big thing by turning a small bureau into what is now known as the Department of Marine Resources.

WTOK – Senate extends window for special ed money in private schools

Mississippi state senators support keeping public subsidies alive through 2024 for special education students who attend private schools.

The Senate voted Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2675, which extends the current endpoint of the program from 2020. It moves to the House for more work.

Republican Sen. Chad McMahan of Guntown successfully added an amendment that would require any leftover money in the account to be sent to a public school if a student returned to a public school in the middle of the year.

WDAM – Revenge porn bill passes MS Senate

Revenge porn bill passes MS SenateWhat’s being called a revenge porn bill has passed the Mississippi Senate. SB 2528 would create civil and criminal penalties for sharing “intimate visual material.”

The bill defines that as material that shows a person with their intimate parts exposed or engaged in sexual conduct.

Sen. Sally Doty, of Brookhaven, filed the bill and warns young people to be careful about what’s on their phone. The bill also covers “sextortion” or extortion. That would be when someone gets the intimate photos intended to remain private and then threatens to publish them.