'05 Bill Run Gamut

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Some bills filed this legislative session propose sweeping changes in Mississippi government. Others would micromanage the details of everyday life.

Among the proposals with potentially broad impact is one by Rep. Gary Chism of Columbus that says only the Legislature could decide how to spend the money Mississippi collects from its massive lawsuit against the tobacco companies.

The bill is directed at the $20 million a year that's sent by chancery court order The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, a private, nonprofit group that runs an anti-tobacco campaign aimed at young people.

About 2,000 bills were submitted by Monday's deadline to file general bills. There's a later deadline to file revenue and spending bills.

Among the bills that would regulate everyday life is one by Rep. John Reeves of Jackson that says vending machines in schools could sell only water, natural juices, fruit or unprocessed snacks.

Several legislators have filed bills that would require drivers to use headlights anytime they need to use windshield wipers.

Sen. Gray Tollison of Oxford has filed a bill to ban hog dog fights, which Louisiana outlawed last year. The fights apparently have started taking place in south Mississippi.