Daily PJ Summary 12/09/21 | Mississippi Politics and News
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YP – Judge Blocks Federal Contractor President Biden’s COVID Vaccine Mandate
On Tuesday in Georgia, U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker stayed the lawsuit over the federal contractor’s vaccine mandate, restricting enforcement of the warrant nationwide.
Judge Baker issued the order in a case filed by seven states – Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, South Carolina, Utah and West Virginia – as well as a number of contractors.
“The Court recognizes the tragic toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused across the country and the world,” wrote Justice Baker, adding, “However, even in times of crisis, this Court must uphold the rule of law and to ensure that all branches of government act within the limits of their constitutional powers.
YP – After the Biden COVID vaccine warrants are overturned by the courts, will the University of Mississippi staff warrants remain in place?
In October, following President Biden’s warrants that were handed over in September, institutions of higher learning in Mississippi decided that all public universities in the state should require faculty and staff to receive the COVID-vaccine. 19. The motion was approved by a 9 to 3 vote. This vote was a change from their earlier decision not to make immunization a prerequisite for employment at state public universities a few weeks earlier. …
â¦ The IHL vaccination deadline was today, December 8, 2021.
In response to the federal court suspension, Ole Miss today released a statement by Chancellor Glenn Boyce saying the IHL board has given university leaders the power to follow the federal government’s decree and guidelines related until the decree has been suspended. , delayed or revoked.
YP – Mississippi state revenue continues to rise, up $ 124.3 million from November estimate
The Mississippi Legislative Budget Office released the state budget revenue report for November 2021 on Wednesday, showing the state continues to exceed estimates.
The total revenue collected for the month of November of fiscal 2022 is $ 124,250,345, or 30.48% more than the estimated sine die revenue.
Tax revenue for the current fiscal year through November 2021 is $ 438,463,674 or 18.89% above the sine die estimate.
COVID-19 MSDH Reports
Today, the MSDH is reporting an additional 787 cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, six deaths and 35 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. State # covid19 total: 517,925 cases and 10,312 deaths. Complete information: https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/FhhsJj8xHH
– MS Department of Health (@msdh) December 8, 2021
YP – Rod Hickman was sworn in as State Senator for District 32
District 32 of the State Senate has a new senator.
Rod Hickman was sworn in today by Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann in the Senate Chamber of the Mississippi Capitol. He was joined by supporters and members of his family. Hickman’s daughter Ari Elizabeth Hickman, 7, held the Bible during the ceremony.
Hickman replaces former State Senator Sampson Jackson who retired earlier this year.
YP – All 4 Mississippi Congressmen Vote For Passage Of National Defense Authorization Act
The entire Mississippi congressional delegation voted for S. 1605, a measure that was originally filed to designate the National Pulse Memorial in Florida, but was amended to become the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2022.
Numerous feuds have been at play between the two parties in Congress over the NDAA in recent weeks. However, on Tuesday the bill was passed 363 to 70 votes in the United States House. Fifty-one Democrats and nineteen Republicans voted against the bill. All four Mississippi Congressmen – Trent Kelly (R-MS 1), Bennie Thompson (D-MS 2), Michael Guest (R-MS 3) and Steven Palazzo (R-MS 4) – voted for the draft law.
One of the main amendments to the bill was the exclusion of a provision that would have broadened the selective service system, requiring women to register at the age of 18, just as men are required to. do it. Democrats had championed this cause while Republicans opposed it. Ultimately, it was taken out of the bill.
YP – Treasurer McRae Returns Over $ 40 Million In Unclaimed Money
State Treasurer David McRae announced on Tuesday that he had returned more than $ 40 million in unclaimed property to Mississippi since taking office in January 2020. This is the second consecutive record year. .
McRae noted that when his office returns unclaimed money, it boosts the state’s economy without increasing the burden on taxpayers, saying it is a “win-win.”
Unclaimed money are funds that are returned to the state when banks, credit unions, retail stores and the like are unable to find the rightful owner. Financial institutions return this money to the state after five years, and the Unclaimed Property Division of the Treasury is responsible for returning the money to the owner.
YP – Governor Reeves appoints David McRae to Pact Balanced Budget Commission
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has appointed state treasurer David McRae to the Pact for a Balanced Budget Commission. As a member of the Commission, McRae will help promote a state-of-the-art federal balanced budget amendment.
McRae’s appointment comes following the resignation of former Mississippi House Pro Tempore President Greg Snowden from the commission. Snowden will now work as director of the Mississippi State Courts Administration Office.
Gov. Tate Reeves has said that with President Biden and Congressional Democrats expanding the size, scope and cost of the federal government at a rapid pace, it is now more important than ever to hold Washington accountable for its spending.
YP – Mississippi Choctaw Indian Band Joins Tribal Land Conservation Initiative
On Tuesday, the Mississippi Choctaw Indian Band announced they are joining the Tribal Lands Conservation Initiative. The tribe will work with the National Indian Carbon Coalition (NICC) nonprofit to protect approximately 25,000 acres of land in Mississippi while generating substantial income for its members through the creation of carbon credits.
“This is an exceptional program for the benefit of our members and the environment”, said tribal leader Cyrus Ben. âLand stewardship has always been important to our tribe, and this emerging market offers us an invaluable opportunity to continue to protect and preserve our forested tribal lands. “
The Tribal Land Conservation Initiative is a national program that enables Native American tribes to implement sustainable management practices to preserve their lands, protect the environment, and create economic opportunities for their people.
Top NASA executives were on the Gulf Coast this week to share their vision for the future of space exploration in southern Mississippi.
Senator Bill Nelson made his first trip as a NASA administrator to the Stennis Space Center on Tuesday.
âThis is an exciting time in the history of our nation and a lot is happening here,â said Nelson.
NASA is building a Space launch system which is set to become the most powerful rocket in the world. The SLS is designed to power Artemis missions to the Moon and possible flights to Mars. Affectionately known as the twin sister of Apollo, Artemis will land the first woman and the next man on the moon by 2024.