Mississippi Legislature Begins Wrapping Session

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Wednesday was the deadline for the Mississippi House and Senate to act on general bills that originated in the other chamber. Bills that were amended and passed return to their original chamber where members can either accept changes or send the measure to final negotiations between the two chambers. Tax and spending bills face later deadlines. Bills to increase pay for teachers and some elected county officials are still alive; so is Senate Bill 2116 which would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, possibly as early as six weeks. Meanwhile, Arkansas lawmakers have sent legislation banning most abortions 18 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy to Governor Asa Hutchinson. Another 18-week ban is pending in the Utah legislature. Arkansas already bans abortion 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy and the new law could be the strictest in the country.



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