Lt. Gov. Supports City, County Moving on Misdemeanor Holding Facility

Jackson, Miss. (WLBT) - Hinds County leaders say they’d like to have the downtown jail transferred to the city of Jackson by the end of summer. However, it’s likely too late to get state funding for any renovations for it until next year. The state proposed setting aside approximately $800,000 in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to help repair the facility during the 2022 legislative session. However, no funds were appropriated because the jail’s ownership was still in limbo. Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann didn’t rule out helping the city with improvements at the facility next year but wondered whether Jackson and the county should wait that long to get the facility at the corner of S. President and Tombigbee [...]

Legislature Provides Resources for New Officers, Judges to Reduce Crime

Jackson, Miss. (Clarion Ledger) - Lawmakers and law enforcement came together for a press conference at the Mississippi State Capitol on Wednesday to announce new initiatives in the Jackson area as crime and violence have been at the forefront of people's minds in recent days. Car jackings, armed robberies, murder and violence have been at an all-time high in Jackson and Hinds County in recent months and culminated in a shootout at the Mississippi Mudbug Festival at the Mississippi Fairgrounds on Saturday night. Lawmakers said Wednesday that the Legislature passed several bills that make substantial investments in the public safety and criminal justice systems in Hinds County. The Mississippi Capitol Police Department received authorization for 37 new police officers in [...]

Lt. Gov. Hosemann Condemns Supreme Court Leak

Jackson, Miss. (WJTV) - On Monday, an exposed drafted opinion written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito alleged that majority Supreme Court justices are likely to ban abortions eliminating the historic 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that gave women the choice of abortion. “I’ve been a lawyer 57 years. I’ve never seen this happen which makes me very suspicious of what’s going on,” said Governor Haley Barbour. Mississippi is one of 23 states who wants to put an end to abortion. Most recently, the state appeared before the supreme court wanting to ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy— the most restrictive ban yet for the state. “Of course I’m a pro-life. I was very enthusiastic about our arguments before the [...]

Coast Leaders, Lt. Governor Discuss Multi-Million Dollar Infrastructure Program

Gulfport, Miss. (WXXV) - Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann met with several Coast officials to discuss the 2022 legislative session. Hosemann says the most important topic discussed at the briefing was the American Rescue Plan Act. The state dedicated $750 million in ARPA funds to water and sewer infrastructure for cities, counties, and rural water associations. Cities and counties which received more than $1 million from the federal government can receive a 1 to 1 matching grant of state ARPA funds for water and sewer infrastructure. Cities who received less than one million are eligible for a two to one match from the state. Overall, this year’s legislative session was the largest Hosemann has ever seen. “We did everything from medical [...]

Lt. Gov.: ‘Teachers are the Winners’ With Historic Pay Raise

Jackson, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi teachers would receive their largest pay raise in years, under a bill that the state Senate passed Thursday. The House still needs to pass the final version of House Bill 530 before it can go to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves for his expected signature, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. Mississippi has long had some of the lowest teachers salaries in the nation. “This is the plan that teachers have told us they wanted,” Senate Education Chairman Dennis DeBar said. “This is the input they provided to each and every one of us since last year.” The bill would provide an average increase of about $5,100 — a jump of more than 10% over teachers’ [...]

Mississippi Senate passes resolution to protect property rights

Jackson, Miss. (WJTV) - Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann (R-Miss.) announced the Mississippi Senate voted unanimously to suspend legislative deadlines to clear the path for legislation which would codify Article 3, Section 17A of the Mississippi Constitution. The constitutional provision prohibits the state or local governments from taking private property through eminent domain and conveying it to private entities for a period of 10 years. Exemptions are provided for levee facilities, road, bridge, ports, airports, common carriers, drainage facilities and utilities. Senators Briggs Hopson, Dennis DeBar, and Tyler McCaughn initially co-authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 563. “This legislation will confirm again our citizens’ clear voice in the Constitution that property rights are sacred in Mississippi,” Hosemann said. View Original Story (March 17, [...]