Emily Wagster Pettus: Analysis: Random social issue will rile Miss. legislators

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – In a few weeks, the Mississippi Legislature will work itself into a lather about something.

Nobody right now really knows what the topic will be. It could be abortion, gun rights or gay marriage. It could be the state flag or Syrian refugees. It could be something trumped up by one or more of the presidential candidates.

This has been a pattern the past few sessions: legislators convene in Jackson with a multibillion-dollar budget to write and proposed policies to debate on education, transportation, health care and other substantial issues that affect their constituents’ daily lives. And then, at some point, a legislator files a bill or resolution that taps into the (usually conservative) zeitgeist and sets Twitter on fire.

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