WDAM – Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to GovernorLieutenant Governor Tate Reeves thanked legislators Tuesday for helping to strengthen Mississippi’s abortion laws.

The state Senate sent legislation to Governor Phil Bryant that would prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detected…

…Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates released a statement after finding out that the bill is expected to be on the Governor’s desk soon.

“SB 2116 bans abortion at six weeks – before most women even know they’re pregnant. So in effect, the Mississippi Legislature just outlawed abortion for most Mississippians. We expect this to be on the Governor’s desk as early as this week and it could wind up in litigation almost immediately,” said Felicia Brown-Williams, Mississippi State Director for Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates.


CLARION LEDGER – Lawmakers expected to question fundraiser lottery board nominee held for state senator

See the source imageMultiple lawmakers have privately expressed concerns about a fundraiser businessman Gerard Gibert held for state Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, who is running for Secretary of State.

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Gibert to the five-member lottery governing board in October. The Senate must confirm all nominees by the end of the legislative session. The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to interview Gibert on Wednesday and then vote on his nomination.

Lottery board members are charged with launching and overseeing the game lawmakers say could generate more than $100 million by its second year of operation. The board positions are unpaid.

Both Gibert and Watson told the Clarion Ledger their connection will not have an improper influence on Wednesday’s vote…

…Last week, Gibert hosted a fundraiser at his Ridgeland home for Watson. Five other members of the Finance Committee — Sens. Chad McMahan, R-Guntown; Joel Carter, R-Gulfport; Neil Whaley, R-Potts Camp; Chris Massey, R-Nesbit; and David Parker, R-Olive Branch — also attended.

WTOK – Lawmakers pass bill requiring school shooter drills

Lawmakers gave final passage to a bill meant to make Mississippi schools safer from mass shootings.

The House voted 78-32 Tuesday to approve changes made by the Senate to House Bill 1283. The measure was held for the possibility of more debate, but is likely to head to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature.

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

CLARION LEDGER – Efforts to reform felony voting rights restoration die in Mississippi Legislature

Voters stand in line to vote during a recent election in Hinds County.At least 18 House bills were filed this year that would have led to those convicted of nonviolent felony offenses having  voting rights restored after they served their sentence. None of the bills survived.

The last remaining bill, filed by House Election Committee Chairman Bill Denny, R-Jackson, would have created a joint legislative study committee to come up with recommendations for restoration of voting rights. It died last week.

“It’s a shame,” Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, said of the efforts dying.

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WTOK – Bill passes to cut suits against Mississippi property owners

A bill that would make it harder for people to sue Mississippi property owners for some injuries is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature or veto.

The state Senate on Tuesday voted 31-21 to concur with changes that the House made to Senate Bill 2901 .

The measure, known as the Landowners Protection Act, has been a top priority of business groups this year.

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WLOX – Mississippi company awarded $18.2 million contract to manufacture Army, Air Force uniforms

Mississippi company awarded $18.2 million contract to manufacture Army, Air Force uniformsGolden Manufacturing Inc. located in Tishomingo County was awarded the contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to make the uniforms for the Army and the Air Force.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the news on Tuesday.

“Golden Manufacturing has a well-established record of producing quality uniforms for our servicemen and women,” said Senator Hyde-Smith. “This contract will allow it to continue that good work.”

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