Tuesday Morning Tip Sheet

on Apr 17, 2012

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be in the metro-area tonight as she speaks at Mississippi College’s annual spring scholarship dinner. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Both the House and Senate will convene at 2 p.m. today. The Insurance Committee in the Senate will meet at 1 p.m. and Chairman Videt Carmichael is hosting an “important discussion of Workers Compensation bill” at that meeting.

Here are three stories that are driving the day in Mississippi:

1. WLBT: Gov. Bryant signs abortion bill

Mississippi’s governor makes good on a campaign promise by signing legislation to put more restrictions on doctors working at the state’s only abortion clinic.

While the measure received cheers from pro-lifers, the pro-choice movement sees it as an attack on women’s health care and constitutional rights.

A baby babbled in the background of the Ceremonial Room at the State Capitol as Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that puts new restrictions on physicians performing abortions in the state.

He was surrounded by pro-life supporters, physicians, the lieutenant governor and lawmakers while fulfilling a pro-life agenda.

“I think it’s historic. Today you see the first step in a movement I believe to do what we campaigned on to say we’re going to try and end abortion in Mississippi,” said Governor Bryant.

See also: Gov. Bryant signs House Bill 1390

2. Associated Press: Bryant signs bill increasing judge, prosecutor pay

Gov. Phil Bryant has signed legislation giving Mississippi judges their first pay raise since 2003.

Circuit and chancery judges now make $104,000 a year. House Bill 484 was signed Friday and takes effect July 1. It increases pay in four annual steps to $146,000 a year by 2016. Pay also increases for district attorneys, appellate judges and county court judges.

Court filing fees will rise $40 to cover the raises. Fines for crimes and traffic tickets will increase $10 to cover prosecutors’ raises.

A 2011 survey showed Mississippi’s judges were the nation’s lowest-paid.

3. Daily Journal: MS-01: Nunnelee’s war chest grows

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., outraised and outspent his Democratic challenger by wide margins during the most recent reporting period.

According to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Nunnelee of Tupelo received $127,299 in contributions between Feb. 23 and March 31. Fifty-seven percent came from individuals; the rest from political and political-action committees.

That’s more than six times the funds raised by Democratic candidate Brad Morris of Oxford, who received $19,615 during the same period. All but $3,500 came from private individuals. Two political action committees gave the rest.