Mississippi could still see a new education funding formula this legislative session, even though the specifics were not discussed in any committee. Senate Education and House Appropriations committees passed placeholder bills - often called Dummy Bills - that could be filled in with more details later. Some legislators say they just need some more time to review the recommendations offered by the education policy firm, EdBuild. Opponents say the move is a way to keep those recommendations out of the public eye for as long as possible.
Nancy Loome is with an advocacy group called The Parents Campaign. She says parents are concerned about the passage of dummy bills just before yesterday's committee deadline.
Representative Richard Bennett sits on both the appropriations and education committees in the House. The Long Beach Republican says dummy bills are common practice, and the public has nothing to worry about.
The Mississippi Arts Commission dodged a legislative bullet yesterday. That's when two bills died in committee that would have dissolved the commission and made it part of the state Development Authority. Joining us now is Malcolm White, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission.
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A state lottery in Mississippi is one step closer to reality. That's because The House Judiciary A Committee unexpectedly voted yesterday to create one. A bill before the committee was originally about determining whether defendants are mentally fit for trial. But the bill was overhauled completely by the committee, and now would implement the lottery. Governor Phil Bryant recently said the state should consider a lottery, while House Speaker Phillip Gunn of Clinton opposes the idea.
A longtime proponent of the lottery is Representative Alyce Clark. The Jackson Democrat says she was surprised to hear about the lotto bill.