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Mississippi lawmakers passed a number of new laws this legislative session that have hit many North Mississippi residents close to home.

Lawmakers in Mississippi had a lot on their plates, as Mississippi was hit hard by severe deficit. State Senator Merle Flowers, who represents DeSoto County, said Monday he would give the session a moderate grade.

“I would grade the session about a six and a half on a scale of one to ten,” he said.

Among the high points was a sales tax holiday and the almost full funding of education, which had faced a five percent cut across the board.

For DeSoto County, which has the state’s largest school district, this was crucial.

“Education was important to our entire state and to the legislature, so we funded it at 99 percent of the level of the requested funding,” Flowers said.