BOBBY HARRISON: Legislature makes unusual constitutional argument
Granted, it is an arcane point, but the irony of the argument the legislative leadership – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn – presented last week to the Mississippi Supreme Court cannot go without notice.
For most of this year, the legislative leadership has been arguing against the citizen-sponsored education funding initiative that will be on the ballot in November, primarily, they said, because it would give “one chancery judge in Hinds County” the authority to decide the level to fund local school districts.
Yet, before the Supreme Court last week, in arguing against a decision made by one Hinds County judge, the legislative leaders said, “There is no statute in Mississippi jurisprudence providing that the first court to address a matter should also be the last court to address it.”