Mississippi laws to take effect this summer

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May 15, 2012

By: Stephan Burklin

Mississippi lawmakers passed a slew of new laws

JACKSON, Mississippi: The state legislature passed a slew of laws that will affect Mississippi residents starting this summer.

After lobbying by an organization called “Raise Your Pints,” lawmakers passed Senate Bill 2878, which raises the alcohol-by-weight limit from 5 to 8 percent. According to the Associated Press, the president of “Raise Your Pints,” Butch Bailey, said, "We'll introduce high-gravity, gourmet beer to Mississippi in a big way, come July 1.” Bailey also said that the bill will eliminate trips by residents to purchase craft beer in other states.[1]

Requirements stipulating blood tests for syphilis and three-day waiting periods for marriage licenses were rescinded under Senate Bill 2851. Previous iterations had died because opponents criticized the possibility the measure would give couples to make hasty decisions. According to the Associated Press, lawmakers ultimately decided that making it easier to obtain a marriage license would boost tourism and related sectors.[1]

Another bill would require voters to show a form of photo ID before marking their ballots. This bill, House Bill 921, is still subject to federal approval because of the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act.[1]

The College Board has approved tuition increases averaging 8.5 percent for the 2012-13 academic year, according to the Associated Press. The AP also reported that the Commissioner of Higher Education Hank Bounds said that the rising cost of tuition is directly related to the relative decline in state financial support for universities the past several years.[1]

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