Mississippi Lawmakers Past First Big Deadline

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi lawmakers scrambled to meet their first major deadline of the 2012 session, thinning out
the list of bills and constitutional amendments they'll consider the next two months.

Among the proposals that died Tuesday are constitutional amendments that would've limited the governor's pardon power and defined life as
beginning at fertilization.

Also dead is a satirical bill to rename the Gulf of Mexico as the "Gulf of America." Its sponsor, Democrat Steve Holland, says he filed it to spoof anti-immigration bills.

Several major proposals are still living, including bills to create charter schools and to allow local law enforcement officers to check people's immigration status.

A proposal to increase judges' pay is still alive, as are bills to put new restrictions on abortion.

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