WJTV – Bill Waller asks teacher to weigh in
YP – Reeves makes first ad buy of 2019 cycle
— Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) April 23, 2019
Tuesday, Mississippi’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson announced the planned framework and first meeting of the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Task Force. House Bill 1547 was enacted during the 2019 Regular Legislative Session. Cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized under federal law in December of 2018. However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has not yet implemented new Farm Bill regulations for the 2019 growing season. Cultivation of industrial hemp is still prohibited under state law in Mississippi.
By definition, hemp is a strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial uses.
Gulfport Mayor Hewes endorses challenger Smith over Southern Transportation Commissioner King
We had a great time today at the at the Harrison County Republican luncheon. I was proud to visit with many fellow republicans including my longtime friend Mayor @BillyHewes who has endorsed my candidacy for Transportation Commissioner! pic.twitter.com/gM1HbNPuoG
— Tony Smith for MS (@TonySmithMS47) April 17, 2019
Pascagoula shipbuilder awarded $745 million contract for Coast Guard icebreaker
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) April 23, 2019
Polls closed at 7 p.m. With all 14 precincts reporting, the results are:
- 2,574 votes in favor (81 percent)
- 611 against (19 percent)
The measure only required 60 percent of voters to pass. The increase will bring the restaurant and hotel sales tax to 3 percent beginning on June 1, 2019, when the increase goes into effect . The current 2 percent sales tax is used to fund the Hattiesburg Convention Commission.
City leaders say revenue generated from the 1 percent tax increase would be used for improving parks and recreation facilities and renovating the Reed Green Coliseum on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Speaker Gunn speaks to new Trooper class
I believe in strong public safety. We need more troopers. Congratulations to this class of troopers graduating next week. pic.twitter.com/XkT3tpU5V8
— Philip Gunn (@PhilipGunnMS) April 23, 2019
Seven Mississippi Counties declared federal disaster areas
Seven #Mississippi Counties Declared Federal #Disaster Areas – @PhilBryantMS announced that @realDonaldTrump declared Calhoun, Chickasaw, Clay, Grenada, Lowndes, Pontotoc and Tishomingo counties as federal disaster areas on April 23, 2019. Find out more https://t.co/jz9Q0cDdws pic.twitter.com/U2z9qepEHd
— MSEMA (@MSEMA) April 23, 2019
Stone County Circuit Clerk Jeffrey O’Neal admits he made a mistake.
For several years, O’Neal failed to file annual financial reports state law requires of chancery and circuit clerks. O’Neal, a former Justice Court judge, admits he’s in civil contempt of court because he did not file the reports, even after Circuit Court Judge Christopher Schmidt ordered him to do so.
Chancery and Circuit clerks, who pay themselves from fees their offices generate, must show income and expenses for those offices and list any salaries paid to immediate family. The annual report is due April 15.