Miss. Supreme Court hears from both sides of Initiative 42

The Mississippi Supreme Court heard two hours of arguments Tuesday in the battle over an alternative ballot measure title.

Justices are expected to rule within a matter of weeks whether Hinds County Circuit Judge Wintston L. Kidd erred in revising the title of Alternative Measure 42-A.

The Legislature had voted in January to put Alternative Measure 42-A on the November ballot as an alternative to citizen-sponsored Initiative Measure 42. Both call for a constitutional amendment requiring the state to fund a system of “free public schools.”

But Initiative 42 would let the chancery court enforce that requirement – essentially forcing the Legislature to fully fund education even if lawmakers decide otherwise.

The alternative has no such judicial oversight.