High Court approves Bryant’s request in school funding case

The State Supreme Court on Wednesday approved Gov. Phil Bryant’s request to join an appeal of a lower court’s actions on a school funding initiative on November’s statewide ballots….

…A Hinds County judge last month re-wrote the title of the Legislature’s alternative initiative. The GOP legislative leadership asked the state High Court to overturn the lower court’s decision.

Bryant says the lower court judge did not have the authority to reword the Legislature’s alternative on the ballot and asked to be allowed to join in the state Supreme Court case. Supporters of the citizen-led initiative, and the lower court’s ruling, say the ruling cannot be appealed, per state law allowing the Legislature to offer an alternative to a citizen ballot initiative. But Bryant says the law allowing the Legislature to pass an alternative does not allow anyone to appeal the wording of such an alternative in court.