Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (March 19, 2018) – Today, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill into law prohibiting most abortions after 15 weeks, defying a Supreme Court opinion barring states from regulating abortions before 24 weeks. Rep. Becky Currie (R-Brookhaven) sponsored House Bill 1510 (HB1510). The new law prohibits doctors from performing abortions after a probable gestational…

JACKSON, Miss. (March 8, 2018) – Today, the Mississippi House gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit most abortions after 15 weeks, defying a Supreme Court opinion prohibiting states from regulating abortions before 24 weeks. Rep. Becky Currie (R-Brookhaven) introduced House Bill 1510 (HB1510) in January. The legislation would prohibit doctors from performing abortions…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 18, 2018) – Two bills introduced in the Mississippi House would chip away at federal marijuana prohibition. One bill would legalize medical marijuana while the other would legalize recreational marijuana. Passage into law would take a step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in effect in the state. Rep. Joel Bomgar (R-Madison) introduced…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 15, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi Senate would set the foundation to nullify federal executive orders that are contrary to the Constitution and not explicitly approved by Congress. Sen. Michael Watson (R-Pascagoula) introduced Senate Bill 2152 (SB2152)  Jan. 9 to rebuke perceived lawlessness and overreach committed by the executive branch…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 10, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi Senate would end Common Core in schools throughout the state. Sens. Angela Burks Hill (R-Picayune) and Michael Watson (R-Pascagoula) introduced Senate Bill 2053 (SB2053) on Jan. 3. The legislation would void Common Core standards and create a framework to establish state standards to…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 8, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi House would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice. Rep, Joel Bomgar (R-Madison) introduced House Bill 390 (HB390) on Jan. 5. Under the proposed law, industrial hemp would be treated as an agricultural…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 5, 2018) – Two bills introduced in the Mississippi House would outlaw abortion in the state and impose criminal penalties on physicians who illegally perform them, nullifying the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Rep. Dan Eubanks (R-Walls) introduced House Bill 45 (HB45) on Jan. 2. Under the proposed law, “anyone who purposefully,…

JACKSON, Miss. (April 30, 2017) – Instead of passing comprehensive asset forfeiture reform that would have also closed a loophole allowing police to circumvent more stringent state laws by passing cases to the feds, Mississippi took a very small step forward and enacted a modest measure increasing asset forfeiture transparency. The Mississippi legislature passed, and…

The city of Bay St. Louis, Miss., provides us with a $300,000 lesson on why the widespread use of asset forfeiture at a local, state, and federal level needs to end. That is the amount the city must repay the Federal Department of Justice after an investigation concluded the city misspent drug forfeiture money. According…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 29, 2016) – A Mississippi bill would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, nullifying in practice the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. It is accompanied by legislation to fully decriminalize marijuana as well. Introduced by Sen. Derrick T. Simmons (D-Greenville), Senate Bill 2378 (SB2378) would “ensure that physicians…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 15, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi Senate would end all state support and cooperation with the implementation and administration of Obamacare. Passage of this bill would set the stage to bring down the federal health care act in Mississippi. Sen. Michael Watson (R) introduced Senate Bill 2300 (SB2300) Jan.…

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 9, 2017) – A bipartisan bill introduced in the Mississippi House would legalize the production and processing of industrial hemp for commercial purposes, setting the foundation to nullify federal prohibition in practice. Rep, Joel Bomgar (R-Madison) introduced House Bill 180 (HB180) on Jan. 3. Kathy Sykes (D-Jackson) signed on as cosponsor. Under the…