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.