JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature has ended its 2019 session.
Lawmakers wrapped up their work Friday, saying an emotional farewell to colleagues who are retiring.
During their nearly three months at the Capitol, they approved a $1,500 pay raise for teachers and enacted laws that could help expand broadband to rural areas and could help protect children who are victims of human trafficking. They also voted to ask Congress to call a national convention to consider changing the U.S. Constitution to limit federal spending — a proposal backed by tea party groups.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill to ban most abortions at about six weeks of pregnancy. The Center for Reproductive Rights is asking a federal judge to block it before it can take effect July 1.