@Issue: Coronavirus Crisis | A one-on-one with State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs
In this special edition of @Issue, MPB's Desare Frazier talks one-on-one with State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, and takes viewer/listener questions about the coronavirus pandemic in Mississippi.
Historic winter weather brings legislative action to a near halt
Season 2, Ep. 6
Severe winter weather caused lawmakers in the House to convene via ZOOM for the first time in state history. Senators met in-person, despite the ice and snow, to pass a bill that would purge some of Mississippi's voter rolls. The Senate voted unanimously for a plan they hope will simplify tax incentives in the state. Senate bill 2822 is the Mississippi Flexible Tax Incentive Act, also called MFLEX. The House is considering a proposal to allow voters to decide whether to temporarily increase the state's gas tax. Revenue from the increase would go to improvement projects on highways and local roads and bridges.
Medical marijuana, transgender athletes, Medicaid expansion
Season 2, Ep. 5
Lawmakers worked past midnight to pass a medical marijuana alternativebill.Lawmakers in the Senate vote to ban transgender athletes from competing in women's athletics. An effort to purge voter rolls passes along party lines. The Senate passed the Miss. Medical Cannabis Act as a backup planifInitiative 65 is struckdownby the courts. Republicans in the Senate rejected two plans to expand Medicaid, butanexpansionplanto care for sick inmates heads to the House.
Lawmakers mark deadline to pass bills out of committee
Season 2, Ep. 4
The Senate passes bills to create a teacher loan repayment program and expand broadbandLawmakers marked the first big deadline to pass bills out of committee. The Senate passed bills to create a teacher loan repayment program and expand broadband to rural areas. Lawmakers also drafted a medical marijuana bill as Initiative 65 goes before the state’s highest court.