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Monday, March 30, 2015

Gray Tollison

Legislative move to fix IHL system will continue

State Sen. Gray Tollison’s concurrent resolutions that could lead to individual universities in Mississippi being governed by their own separate boards will not make it to the floor for debate this session, but Tollison and others will pick up the ball again next January and we encourage and support their ongoing efforts. (March 29, 2015, Page 4A)

All politicians need is some Play-Doh

City Editor Alyssa Schnugg used Play-Doh to reach a compromise between two granddaughters with different agendas lately, and she wonders if perhaps we might send a case or two of Play-Doh to Jackson and Washington D.C. to help our leaders work out their differences. (March 26, 2015, Page 4)

Jones; supporters keeping at it, bills could weaken IHL

The UM Faculty Senate and Ole Miss Alumni Association have come out in support of Chancellor Dan Jones, and Wednesday’s rally on campus shows the support continues to grow. Meanwhile, work in the Legislature could ultimately weaken the State Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning’s power to make similar decisions in the future. (March 26, 2015, Page 4)

Tollison, Mayo attempt to pass through IHL resolution

An Oxford senator and representative are trying to push through new bills claiming Mississippi needs separate boards to govern each of its eight universities.

 (March 25, 2015, Page 1, 3)

Noah’s Law too important not to pass

Noah’s Law, named after 17-year-old Noah Smith of Water Valley who died after taking caffeine pills, is still alive in the Mississippi Legislature. We urge lawmakers to pass this bill, which would limit sales of caffeine pills and powders to those 18 and old, to save lives. (March 12, 2015, Page 4)

Lawmaking a challenging, often thankless job

We don’t always agree with our representatives’ votes in Jackson and Washington, D.C., and we do have differences of opinion. But that’s all it is — a difference of opinion. We urge all to think about the challenges facing our lawmakers and give them the respect their position deserves. (March 9, 2015, Page 4)

Bridge name to honor vets

The new bridge spanning the Tallahatchie River along the northern border of Lafayette County may have a name that will honor all veterans of the armed forces. (February 18, 2015, Page 1A)

Education funding talk, vote should not be so party-oriented

Mississippi representatives and senators passed a resolution that will place an alternative to Initiative 42 — that requires the Legislature to fully fund MAEP annually — on the ballot this fall. We have two concerns about the votes: that is was along party lines and that men representing Lafayette County and its education-oriented electorate would vote to muddy the water on an education funding issue. (January 15, 2015, Page 4A)

‘Eggs and Issues’ event popular, informative; how about more?

Monday’s “Eggs and Issue” breakfast with local legislators drew a capacity crowd at the Oxford Conference Center, and we thank our lawmakers for coming to update their constituents about what’s going on in Jackson early in the 2015 session. We’d encourage more events and visits like Monday’s to bring even more information to the voters and to provide valuable feedback. (January 13, 2015, Page 4)

Sunday Focus – 2015 Legislative Session

Before our local lawmakers head down to Jackson for the start of the 2015 legislative session, they share their thoughts on what the major issues will be this year. (January 4, 2015, Page 1A)

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