The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Editorial, 5/29/8

In the oath of office legislators take, they say they will read the Mississippi Constitution or have someone read it to them.

I am sure each member knows Section 46 of the Mississippi Constitution says a legislator’s pay should not be raised or decreased during a session.

Section 47 of the same document says a
legislator “shall not take any fee or reward” on any measure pending in the House or the Senate “under penalty of forfeiting his seat.”

Last week two Republican members of the House – Mark Baker of Brandon and Philip Gunn of Clinton – offered an amendment to a bill that said no money would be appropriated for the current special session until the Legislature adopted a voter identification proposal.