LEGISLATURE APPEALS HINDS COUNTY JUDGE’S DECISION
JACKSON – The Mississippi Legislature today appealed the decision of a Hinds County Judge who refused to approve the Initiative 42A ballot title agreed upon by Attorney General Jim Hood and legislators.
The notice of appeal was filed at the Mississippi Supreme Court. Legislators will argue the Hinds County Circuit Court overstepped its constitutional authority in contradicting the actions of the Office of the Attorney General.
The legislative alternative, known as Initiative 42A, ensures public schools are effective in educating Mississippi’s children without subjecting statewide education policy decisions to a single judge in Hinds County. The Legislature passed the initiative to provide Mississippi voters with an alternative to Initiative 42, which allows a single Hinds County judge to make decisions that will have far-reaching consequences for the entire state.
This dramatic shift in power away from locally-elected legislators is likely to result in significant tax increases, drastic cuts in state priorities – such as funding for universities, community colleges, University Medical Center, roads, bridges, water and sewer systems, and even agricultural programs – or both.
Initiative 42 and Initiative 42A will be on the Nov. 3 ballot. Voters can also choose not to change the Constitution by voting “no” to both options.
Kingfish note: Its Judge Kidd. What do you think will happen on appeal. School takeover, Open Carry law.....