In times of crisis the first thought is always, "What should I do?"
Aside from election day every four years, the Mississippi Legislature doesn't seem to care much what you think. We have reminders of that in just about every session of the Legislature, the place where popular ideas often go to die.
In Mississippi, we have laws that help ensure citizens have access to public meetings and to records (documents, emails, videos, etc.) created by public bodies and employees. These laws are collectively referred to as Sunshine Laws.
When finally completed, at a date yet to be known, the Terry Brown Amphitheater will be a concert facility capable of seating of audience of 3,000.
Once again this year, the Legislature is considering legislation that would give local governments the option to post public notices on a website instead of publishing those notices in newspapers.
Once again this year, the Legislature is considering legislation that would give local governments the option to post public notices on a website instead of publishing those notices in newspapers. If passed into law, this would be a move away from government transparency and, in some cases, could end up being more expensive to taxpayers
Two seemingly unrelated events in the Golden Triangle this week should call attention to a topic that is far more controversial than it should be.
Every January when the 174 members of the Mississippi Legislature convene in Jackson, there is much talk of bi-partisan cooperation and a desire to represent all Mississippians.
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