Analysis: 2015 session was about modest changes, not big

JACKSON, MISS. — This is a year of modest accomplishments for the Mississippi Legislature.

During their three-month session that just ended, lawmakers outlawed texting while driving; authorized people to carry guns in purses or briefcases without a concealed-carry license; and eliminated the $5 vehicle inspection sticker that, for many drivers, had become more of an annual annoyance than a genuine way to keep clunkers off the road.

Facing pressure from conservatives who distrust the Common Core academic standards that Mississippi and most other states adopted in recent years, legislators voted to create a 15-member commission to examine what schools should teach. The group will make recommendations to the state Board of Education, but the board won’t be obligated to accept the suggestions.