Whenever Mississippi lawmakers craft a budget and adjourn, a legitimate question is whether the governor will have enough ink left in his official pen to sign it.
Yes, I know. People always wag about how much sessions cost and how little gets done, but a portion of the official Web site of the Mississippi Legislature (http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/) tells a different story. It contains an item-by-item list and full text of every measure passed during this year’s marathon regular session. There have been hundreds, each drawing fluid from the gubernatorial pen.
What weighty matters have already been resolved?
– Youths at least 16 may donate blood with parental permission.
– Folks with gun permits can renew them by mail instead of making a personal appearance.
– The state beaver control program henceforth will be administered by counties with beaver problems.