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Mississippi Legislature

Noah’s Law passes in state house

A bill to restrict the sale of caffeine pills from minors has passed the House of Representatives. The bill is named “Noah’s Law,” after 17-year-old Noah Smith who died late last year after taking caffeine pills. (February 5, 2015, Page 1A, 2A)

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    What will the next budget pie look like?

    With a lot of talk about spending in education, corrections, social welfare, et cetera in the next state budget already going on in Jackson and around the state, Editor Don Whitten takes a look at pie graphs showing revenues and spending with last year’s budget. (January 19, 2015, Page 4)

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      Strict party-line voting usually leaves something to be desired

      When lawmakers, at any level, vote strictly according to the party line, it makes us wonder if they’re interested in what’s best for everyone. We were disappointed to see that earlier this week in Jackson, and call on both parties to have productive debates and compromise more often. (January 16, 2015, Page 4)

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        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)

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          It’s time for our lawmakers to get to work

          Lawmakers are getting ready to head to Jackson for the start of the new session, and Our View is that they have lots of important issues to deal with and need to be prepared and stay focused on doing what’s best for all Mississippians. (January 4, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Cops and cameras

            The state Legislature will be considering a bill to mandate body cameras for law enforcement officers. Local police officials discuss the possible new law.

             (December 15, 2014, Page 1, 12)

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              Lawmakers face active, involved constituency

              We predict interesting conversations coming up between state lawmakers and their constituents — particularly school officials, educators and parents of school-aged children — as they prepare to deal with two key education issues: fully funding MAEP and Common Core. (December 15, 2014, Page 4)

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                MAEP must be fully funded for students to succeed

                Oxford School District Superintendent Brian D. Harvey, in a “Your Turn” guest column, explains the important of fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (December 14, 2014, Page 4A)

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                  Mom channels grief into changing law

                  A mother of a 17-year-old Water Valley boy who died recently allegedly from overdosing on caffeine pills is trying to get Noah’s Law passed that would make it illegal for stores to sell the pills to minors. (October 27, 2014, Page 1)

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                    County may get more money for roads

                    House rejection of bills gives rural roads more funding. (April 14, 2014, Page 1)

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