7 months ago
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Speaker Gunn forms lottery study commission

During the 2017 regular legislative session discussions regarding a lottery escalated. At the end of the session, Speaker Philip Gunn indicated a willingness to form a committee to study the true ramifications of implementing a lottery in Mississippi. Today, the speaker held an organizational meeting with members and charged them with examining a series of […]
10 months ago
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Special Session On Education Funding

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant says he will call a special legislative session on education funding only after lawmakers reach broad agreement on the main points of a proposal. Top Republicans in the House and Senate say they want to rewrite the school funding formula, but they haven’t revealed a plan. House speaker Philip Gunn says […]
10 months ago
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“Demon Chipmunk” Ruling.

The Mississippi Supreme Court says it has no power to settle a dispute over how the legislature operates. By ruling this way, a majority of justices handed a victory to Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton. Democratic rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford sued Gunn in 2016 over Gunn’s use of a super-fast computer voice […]
10 months ago
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Mississippi Lottery

No bill in the Mississippi Legislature Soley deals with a state lottery, but there are multiple ways one could come out of the legislative session. Three bills have been amended to add a state lottery two dealing with gambling in one form or another, and the last was originally a mental health bill. And while […]
10 months ago
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Still No Education Funding Proposal

Lawmakers have agreed that any new education funding formula won’t raise the share that local districts must pay but still no word yet on when we could see a proposal. Placeholder bills could be amended with details as lawmakers consider them before a Thursday deadline. House Appropriations Committee Charman John Read of Gautier said he […]
11 months ago
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Senate Version Of Campaign Finance Reform

A Mississippi senate committee passes its own version of campaign finance reform. The senate’s version would restrict personal use of campaign funds by politicians and strengthen reporting requirements. This comes after the house already overwhelmingly passed a house campaign finance reform measure authored by house speaker Philip Gunn…a bill that the senate will take up […]
1 year ago
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School Funding Public Hearing Jackson, MS

For at least one hour Thursday afternoon, people will be able to orally address lawmakers about possible changes to Mississippi’s method of funding public schools. Speaker of the house Philip Gunn and lt. Governor Tate Reeves made the announcement yesterday. The meeting will be with EdBuild, a non-profit hired to look at and recommend suggestions […]
1 year ago
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State To Examine Use Of Retired Workers

Mississippi legislators are questioning how state agencies use retired state employees as contract workers. During a hearing Tuesday house speaker Philip Gunn said many people see the practice as double dipping. Some workers retire from state government, draw a pension, and later get hired as private contractors doing much of the same work they used […]
2 years ago
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Legislative Luncheon with Philip Gunn

The Gulf Coast received a visit from Speaker of the Mississippi House Representative Philip Gunn.