Abortion, immigration bills survive committees

Mississippi lawmakers scrambled Tuesday to meet their first major deadline of the 2012 session, thinning out the list of bills and constitutional amendments they’ll consider during the next two months.

Among the proposals that died are constitutional amendments that would’ve limited the governor’s pardon power, defined life as beginning at fertilization and given legal rights to fetuses.

Also dead is a satirical bill to rename Mississippi’s portion of the Gulf of Mexico as the “Gulf of America.” Its sponsor, Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville, said he filed it to spoof immigration-enforcement proposals, although the humor was lost on people who called him a bigot.

Hattiesburg American