Month: March 2021

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MS Proposal Would Expand The Possibility Of Parole

Mississippi legislators are sending Gov. Tate Reeves a bill that could make more inmates eligible for the possibility of parole in a state one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 35-13 and the House voted 91-25 to pass the final version of Senate Bill 2795. Both chambers are … Continue Reading MS Proposal Would Expand The Possibility Of Parole

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MS: No Extension Of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

An effort to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage has failed in Mississippi, a state with high rates of infant mortality and maternal mortality. The state’s program usually has two months of coverage for women after giving birth. Physicians recommended extending coverage to a full year to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies. Senators approved the … Continue Reading MS: No Extension Of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

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TN Gov. Revives Proposal To Expand Mental Health Services For Children

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is reviving a proposal to put $250 million into a trust fund that would help expand mental health services for school-aged children. The Republican announced the plan Monday at a news conference alongside fellow GOP leaders in the Legislature. Lee proposed the idea in early 2020, but removed it and other … Continue Reading TN Gov. Revives Proposal To Expand Mental Health Services For Children

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MS Bill Would Allow Home Delivery Of Alcohol

Mississippi would join a majority of states in allowing home delivery of alcohol, if Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signs a bill that legislators are sending him. The House and Senate agreed Sunday on the final version of House Bill 1135. It would allow home delivery of beer, wine or hard liquor. Delivery people must be … Continue Reading MS Bill Would Allow Home Delivery Of Alcohol

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MS Gov. Praises Teachers As He Signs Pay Raise Bill

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday signed a bill authorizing a $1,000 pay raise for most teachers, and lawmakers worked to adopt final parts of state spending and borrowing plans for the year that begins July 1. Approving a teacher pay raise is a two-part process: First, it must be authorized. Then, money must be … Continue Reading MS Gov. Praises Teachers As He Signs Pay Raise Bill

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MS State & Higher Education Employees Could Get Pay Raises

State employees would receive a 3% raise and most public university and community college staff would receive at least a 1% raise under Mississippi lawmaker’s latest budget proposal. Mississippi lawmakers began voting Sunday on details of a state government spending plan for the year that begins July 1. The budget bills need approval from a … Continue Reading MS State & Higher Education Employees Could Get Pay Raises

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Law Will Allow New MS Residents To Keep Licenses

A new law signed Thursday by Gov. Tate Reeves will allow people who move to Mississippi from out-of-state to maintain their professional licenses. House Bill 1263 requires licensing boards to issue occupational licenses for professions without new testing or classroom training if a person held a license in good standing from another state for at … Continue Reading Law Will Allow New MS Residents To Keep Licenses

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MS Health Centers To Get $77M To Care For Underserved Populations

Twenty community health centers in Mississippi will receive around $77.5 million in April to support COVID-19 vaccination and other services for vulnerable populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday. Community health centers receive federal funding to serve communities designated as medically underserved areas, with fees adjusted based on ability to pay. … Continue Reading MS Health Centers To Get $77M To Care For Underserved Populations

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MS Lottery Corp. President To Retire

The first president of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation said Wednesday that he will retire June 30, just over two years after he was hired and a year and a half after the corporation started selling tickets for the games of chance. Mississippi legislators voted in 2018 to join the majority of other states that have … Continue Reading MS Lottery Corp. President To Retire