Starting in June, Mississippians will be required to show a photo ID in order to vote. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann unveiled the new voter ID today and says the requirement will take effect for the June primary electios. Now Hosemann is rolling out a series of TV ads to spread the word. The first message: that people who have one of 9 approved kinds of photo ID don't need a special voter ID.
The Mississippi ACLU has been outspoken in their opposition to Voter ID, saying it is an unnecessary restriction that infringes on a Constitutional right. Jennifer Riley-Collins is Executive Director of the Mississippi ACLU. She spoke with MPB's Ezra Wall.
In 2010, Mississippi enacted a law that requires a prescription for pseudoephedrine, one of the key ingredients in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Since then the number of meth incidents has plummeted. In 2010, there were almost 700 meth incidents, including more than 300 active meth labs found in Mississippi. This year so far there have only been 114 incidents and just 8 active labs. Meth usage among the state’s high schoolers is also on the decline. Dr. Jerri Avery is director of the Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health. She spoke with our Evelina Burnett.