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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Phil Bryant
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence.
Gov. Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency in 12 Mississippi counties that have suffered impacts from flooding and severe storms that moved through the state beginning April 3.
Mississippi lawmakers used their 2014 session to enact substantial changes to the state's criminal justice system, give pay raises to teachers and a few thousand lower-paid state employees and put more money into training new state troopers.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Mississippi lawmakers are approving 16 more prosecutors in circuit courts after they were prodded into action by Gov. Phil Bryant.
Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers:
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive.
Mississippi lawmakers are sending Gov. Phil Bryant a bill that would legalize a marijuana oil to be used as medicine under tightly controlled circumstances.
Mississippi schools won't be forced to start the academic year in late August, as they had been expecting to do.
Bills that aim to restrict union organizing and picketing practices in Mississippi, as well as limit governments' abilities to pressure employers to use unionized workers, are on their way to Gov. Phil Bryant.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a welfare drug-testing bill on Monday, requiring those who test positive to get treatment in order to get cash.
Mississippi county tax collectors and deputy tax collectors could get pay boosts up to $6,500 a year.
Legislation to make Mississippi's criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive won final approval Thursday from state lawmakers.
Mississippians seeking government records could soon have a stronger appeal route while avoiding court, and they might be charged less for the records.
The Mississippi House has sent a bill to Gov. Phil Bryant that calls for an election to let Hernando voters to decide whether to raise the sales tax on hotels, motels and restaurants by 2 percent to help finance city parks.
"Just to be blunt about it: We just don't want unions involved in our businesses or our public sector," Bryant told reporters after he signed the bills, which become law July 1.
Bryant said that Mississippi's low rate of union membership is "absolutely" a selling point for the state as it tries to lure businesses.