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Mississippi lawmakers discuss possiblility of special session to reinstate ballot initiative

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Lawmakers just wrapped up an extended session; passing a medical marijuana program, a historic teacher pay raise, tax cuts, and much more. But they weren’t able to come to an agreement on reinstating the ballot initiative process that was struck down by the state Supreme Court last year.

There are rumors about the possibility of a special session to get it done. Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs eluded to the possibility during an interview with SuperTalk Mississippi Monday.

“I’m told that there’s an ongoing discussion on that and there may be a one-day special session for that,” he told us. “And if there is, it makes sense. It’s important.”

When we asked Rep. Angela Cockerham about it this morning she told us she’s heard the same rumblings amongst her colleagues over the past few days.

“But that’s not unusual if there’s something significant we were just not able to complete. I would be happy if the governor were to call it, but that’s within his purview,” Cockerham stated.

Governor Tate Reeves is the only one with the authority to call a special session, something he’s been reluctant to do on other issues.

Resolution to restore ballot initiative process dies in conference

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