These are the back and forth reports between 3 state senators and 3 representatives. Reports which would place senate bill 25-05, known as "Nathan's Law" onto a stack of "not this year."More >> A state representative from South Mississippi wants Mississippians to vote on whether they have to participate in the national healthcare reform law passed by Congress. Representatives Steven Palazzo of Biloxi and Alex Monsour of Vicksburg, both republicans, jointly filed a Healthcare Initiative with the Secretary of State's office.More >> Mississippi lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday after a 3-1/2-week break, and they'll try to pass a state spending plan for the year that begins July 1.More >> Governor Haley Barbour has outlined a revised budget for 2011 that calls for agency directors to find efficiencies in spending and trims most agencies 12 to 17 percent while funding public schools at near peak levels.More >> Mississippi's Attorney General is in no hurry to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the new health care reform law. While in South Mississippi Wednesday, Jim Hood said he's not going to be pressured by politics.More >> A bill that would allow for the creation of charter schools in Mississippi and establish a separate program for failing school districts is awaiting the governor's signature.More >> The bill known as Nathan's Law was killed this afternoon after legislators failed to agree on a compromise between the House and Senate versions of the bill.More >> The bill known as Nathan's Law, aimed at increasing school bus safety, is in jeopardy of dying if a compromise isn't reached soon between conferees from the Mississippi House and Senate.More >> State Senator David Baria of Bay St. Louis said Monday that he wants to set the record straight concerning a rumor that he's running for higher office.More >> A bill that will strengthen Mississippi's stalking laws is headed to the Governor's desk. If signed by Governor Haley Barbour, House Bill 1309 will revise and strengthen the definition of stalking and create more appropriate penalties.More >> Governor Haley Barbour has ordered another $40.6 million in budget cuts for the current fiscal year after the state revenue estimating committee lowered its projection for Fiscal Year 2010. This reduction brings the total amount of cuts this year to $499.1 million.More >> Governor Barbour vetoed a windpool bill Monday, but the veto won't impact the amount of money in the storm insurance fund.More >> Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would tax soft drinks, much like the cigarette tax that was proposed in last year's legislative session.More >> The qualifying deadline has passed for November's congressional elections, and all four of Mississippi's Congressmen have opponents. Click here to see a complete list from the Secretary of State's Office of all the qualifying candidates in Mississippi.More >> Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told WLOX News that he's furious state legislators put the brakes on radar gun bill. According to Sheriff Byrd, two proposed bills that would have let the county purchase and use radar died in House committees this week.More >> Nathan Key was killed in December 2009 after being hit by a car that passed his stopped school bus.More >> Adding money back to the prison system has sparked fierce criticism from one member of the legislature and a strong response by the Corrections Commissioner.More >> Most legislators were certain Nathan's Law would swiftly move through both chambers of congress.More >> You may be seeing fewer state troopers on Mississippi highways soon as the number of miles they may travel is being reduced by 50 percent.More >> Another Republican is challenging Gene Taylor for his 4th District Congressional Seat. State Representative Steven Palazzo officially announced his candidacy Tuesday.More >> Lawmakers are debating whether to require public schools to wait until Labor Day to begin each school year. Despite little support from educators, the measure passed the house Monday but was then held for debate. Sylvia Hall shows us why educators in the Pascagoula School District oppose pushing back the first day of school.More >> A bill to make the sale of pseudoephedrine products illegal without a prescription passed the Senate overwhelmingly Tuesday. Lawmakers say something needs to be done about the methamphetamine problem in Mississippi.More >> The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that would require a prescription for any medication containing pseudoephedrine, which is commonly found in cold medications. It's also the key ingredient for making crystal meth. The bill now goes to the governor who has already pledged to sign it. The new law would go into effect July 1.More >> A South Mississippi legislator says he's concerned about the fall out from school districts being forced to once again slash their budgets. On Friday Governor Haley Barbour announced a new round of cuts including $75 million in education. Representative Richard Bennett of district 120 says no one in state office wants to make cuts but the truth is the money just isn't there and our education system will likely suffer because of it.More >> The State Auditor says he's found several ways to save Mississippi almost $97 million. Auditor Stacey Pickering released a report Thursday compiled at the request of the lieutenant governor. The report identified ten areas of contractual services where savings could be found.More >> Hundreds of cosmetology students from all over the state rallied at the Capitol Tuesday. Their message to the legislature was to make sure that the proper licensing would still be required from the Mississippi State Cosmetology Board in order to work as a professional.More >> A bill moving through the legislature this year may become Nathan's Law, named for Nathan Key, a 5-year-old boy struck and killed as he crossed from a school bus to his home on Houston Road on Dec. 11, 2009.More >> Could a wealthy, white, well-connected southerner really grow up to be president? That's the question Newsweek magazine is asking about Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour this week.More >> The talk of 2009 has been all about how to get a balanced budget for the next fiscal year, but now it is 2010 and lawmakers are going to work in a time where the state's recession is only getting deeper.More >> The 2010 legislative session is officially underway in Jackson. An air of excitement filled the Capitol as the session officially got underway Tuesday. But that excitement could soon turn to trepidation because everybody in the chamber knows, it will no longer be business as usual.More >> "We are really on the precipice of a disaster," said Chair of Mississippi Board of Education and former state legislator William Jones. "Advances in education, academic advances, programs, building construction - all of this is really in danger."More >> Veteran coast lawmaker Senator Tommy Gollott is heading to Jackson for what he knows will be a legislative showdown over the state's budget. He spoke with David Elliott about the tough task ahead for lawmakers.More >> The German company Wilh. Schulz GMBH will open a new $300 million pipe manufacturing facility in Tunica County, creating 500 jobs over the next five years. Gov. Haley Barbour made the announcement late Monday afternoon.More >> If your list of must-have drinks include sodas, you could end up paying more. Representative John Mayo, of Clarksdale, Mississippi, is proposing a tax on soda and other sugary drinks. Krystal Allan reports on what the lawmaker hopes to accomplish with the legislation, and what South Mississippians have to say about it.More >> Governor Haley Barbour sent word Sunday afternoon that he will make a major economic development announcement on Monday.More >>
State lawmakers will have a tough time trying to balance a budget that's already way behind projections when the legislative session convenes.More >>
One Hattiesburg-area senator says lawmakers should take a 10 percent cut in their pay. More >> Mississippi Representative Steven Palazzo from Biloxi wants Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood to take legal action to stop national health care reform. The lawmaker believes it will be a burden on taxpayers and businesses, and that the "unfunded mandate" could crush Mississippi's Medicaid program.More >> In order to meet the anticipated shortfall, the State College Board is now considering a three-year tuition increase schedule.More >> In the two years since retiring from the U.S. Senate, we've heard very little from the man who once lead his fellow Republicans as majority leader. Friday, Trent Lott broke his silence speaking about political issues at Biloxi Chamber's Morning Call breakfast.
On Sunday, Governor Haley Barbour issued a statement on the Healthcare Reform bill indicating its passage would increase state taxes. WLOX has posted the release in its entirety.More >>
Sandersville voters will elect a new mayor April 8.More >> Sandersville voters will elect a new mayor April 8.More >> A big pay raise for Mississippi's 82 sheriffs is close to becoming law.More >> A big pay raise for Mississippi's 82 sheriffs is close to becoming law.More >> Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the sale of Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula has been completed.More >> Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the sale of Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula has been completed.More >> House leaders are giving up on requiring school to start later in August.More >> House leaders are giving up on requiring school to start later in August.More >> Former Jackson County, Miss., Sheriff Mike Byrd has been sentenced to six months of home confinement, followed by six months of probation in federal court in Mobile, Ala.More >>