Mississippi legislators are making decisions that could affect people’s wallets and change some of their leisure activities.
Mississippi legislators are changing some of their work habits to try to avoid a repeat of last year’s coronavirus outbreak at the state Capitol.
The 2021 session of the Mississippi Legislature is scheduled to start next week amid an ongoing pandemic that sidelined several issues and sickened dozens of members last year.
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday that giving teachers a pay raise will be the most important issue he pushes during the 2021 legislative session that opens next week.
Hours before the Mississippi Legislature was abruptly called into session, local legislators who were being interviewed by The Dispatch said they were pretty sure they would be called back early.
They just didn’t know how early.
When the 2020 Mississippi Legislature convenes Tuesday in Jackson, the seven-member Golden Triangle contingent will feature some familiar faces — and one new one.
Mississippi lawmakers begin their new term Jan. 7, with Republicans maintaining large majorities in the House and Senate. Some leadership jobs will change hands, including chairmanships of important committees.
The Mississippi Department of Education announced Monday that a $1,500 raise for teachers will cost $18.5 million more than it originally informed lawmakers, months after local superintendents discovered a shortfall caused by the department’s ignorance of how teachers were classified in its own computer system.
Several new laws are taking effect Monday in Mississippi, including one that gives a pay raise to teachers and two that are designed to ease burdens on people who face court fines or who are trying to find jobs after having a criminal conviction.
Candidates for Mississippi legislative offices had raised thousands of dollars by the end of the first reporting period Friday, when candidates were required to report contributions and disbursements to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.