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Mississippi lawmakers end 2018 session topped by abortion

Mississippi lawmakers concluded their 2018 regular session Wednesday after killing one last proposal on transportation funding, highlighting their inability to agree on that issue.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 11:30 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers concluded their 2018 regular session Wednesday after killing one last proposal on transportation funding, highlighting their inability to agree on that issue.

The House and the Senate adjourned the three-month session, the third of the four-year term. The 2019 session will take place in the run-up to statewide elections in which all 122 representatives and all 52 senators will be on the ballot, as well as the governor, lieutenant governor and other statewide officials.

The headline achievement for the 2018 session could be a ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of gestation, but a federal judge temporarily blocked that law hours after it took effect, and there has yet to be a full hearing on whether it's constitutional.

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Lawmakers renewed rules for the state's Medicaid program.

On other major issues, lawmakers either rejected or were unable to agree on major overhauls. Senators rejected a plan to rewrite the state's school funding formula, while House and Senate negotiators couldn't agree on plans to provide a substantial increase for transportation funding. Wednesday, the Senate killed a House plan to send money to roads any time state revenue grew by more than 2 percent. Even House Transportation Committee Chairman Charles Busby said he was not particularly enthusiastic about that plan, saying he thought it would be ineffective because state revenue is not growing rapidly.

Lawmakers also were unable to agree on how to spend $700 million in economic damages that oil company BP PLC is paying to the state over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. For now, the money will continue to pile up in Mississippi's rainy day fund.

Legislators enacted a $6.1 billion budget for the year that begins July 1. It provides a little more for some agencies, with revenue growing after several years of flat collections. They agreed to borrow more than $250 million for state projects after borrowing little money last year.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 67649

Reported Deaths: 1912
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds5613118
DeSoto365831
Harrison252036
Madison242266
Rankin228334
Jackson227642
Jones189958
Forrest180656
Washington166341
Lee146241
Lauderdale141292
Neshoba128692
Lamar122014
Oktibbeha112239
Bolivar111334
Warren109333
Lowndes107737
Panola105913
Sunflower103925
Scott100320
Lafayette97316
Copiah95428
Pike93636
Leflore93363
Holmes89248
Grenada84721
Yazoo83112
Pontotoc8278
Lincoln81741
Monroe79655
Simpson79630
Leake78825
Wayne76721
Coahoma76013
Tate73429
Marshall6959
Marion67720
Union63616
Adams62325
Winston62016
Covington61213
George5815
Pearl River55039
Newton54211
Tallahatchie53110
Attala52225
Walthall50220
Chickasaw46219
Noxubee45711
Alcorn4285
Calhoun4189
Tishomingo4175
Prentiss41210
Claiborne40713
Smith40513
Clay39614
Hancock39014
Jasper3869
Tippah36613
Itawamba35910
Tunica3377
Clarke32726
Montgomery3265
Lawrence3238
Yalobusha31510
Humphreys29311
Quitman2691
Carroll26111
Greene25012
Perry2367
Webster23412
Kemper23314
Amite2326
Jefferson Davis2316
Wilkinson21213
Stone1995
Sharkey1975
Jefferson1967
Benton1441
Choctaw1344
Franklin1272
Issaquena261
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 99390

Reported Deaths: 1733
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13109243
Mobile9947207
Montgomery6835148
Madison537834
Tuscaloosa421373
Unassigned359961
Baldwin354425
Shelby328335
Marshall316736
Lee267845
Morgan239318
Etowah212131
DeKalb181913
Calhoun178414
Elmore172338
Walker152664
Houston139812
Russell13682
St. Clair133817
Limestone133313
Dallas132323
Franklin127420
Cullman122512
Colbert118113
Autauga116921
Lauderdale116719
Escambia108217
Talladega102614
Jackson9894
Tallapoosa85579
Chambers84138
Dale83424
Blount8004
Chilton7926
Butler76436
Coffee7616
Covington73520
Pike7097
Clarke6629
Barbour5755
Marion57424
Lowndes57224
Marengo55215
Hale47626
Bullock46411
Winston45311
Perry4424
Bibb4385
Wilcox42910
Monroe4214
Randolph40110
Pickens4009
Conecuh39310
Washington39112
Sumter36018
Lawrence3491
Macon33514
Crenshaw3185
Choctaw28312
Cherokee2737
Henry2633
Geneva2611
Clay2585
Greene25111
Lamar2222
Fayette2075
Cleburne1271
Coosa1012
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