Mississippi's new "Religious Freedom" law is attracting a lot of attention from across the country. Cities and states from Vermont to Washington have vowed to keep their public employees from "non-essential" travel to the state. And businesses in Mississippi are reaffirming their desire to serve ALL Mississippians. But barring unforeseen events, the law will go into effect July 1. MPB's Paul Boger sat down with Eric Fleming of the ACLU and Forest Thigpen of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy to discuss the meaning and impact of the new law -- formerly know as House Bill Fifteen Twenty-three. Fleming of the ACLU starts the conversation.
Well, the "Religious Freedom" bill is now law. Another bill is headed to the governor's desk that allows guns in church. And charter schools got a boost this week. To cover these and other issues in the legislature and elsewhere in state government, we have in the studio MPB's Capitol reporter -- Paul Boger. Welcome, Paul.
Congressman Bennie Thompson represents Mississippi's Second District in Washington and opposes the state's new "Religious Freedom" law. In fact, Thompson asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to look at the law and see if the federal government might be able to prevent it from being enforced. Thompson explained his position at a media event yesterday
Civil forfeiture is a common law enforcement tool. It allows police and other officials to seize money or property after an arrest, traffic stop or similar action. But what if the person stopped or arrested is cleared of the charges? Or is never actually charged? On that matter, Mississippi law is vague -- according to Jameson Taylor of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. But Taylor said a bill in the legislature may change that.