Many of the bills that passed the 2014 session of the Mississippi Legislature will become law Tuesday. That
includes the somewhat controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which
Governor Phil Bryant says mirrors the federal act of the same name.
say it protects religious freedom from government intrusion, but it has many in
Jackson's LGBT community worried.
they tried to pass was heinous," said Jocelyn Prichitt. "It was very painful to our community, but I
think what they ended up passing was a little less severe. They already discriminate against LGBT people every day."
may not be well-known, but those who live in Jackson have probably seen her
played a big role in getting those "If you're buying, I'm selling"
stickers out to businesses across the Magnolia State and the nation.
think they're moving forward without their politicians," said Prichitt. "We've been shocked and
amazed at the reaction to the sticker campaign. That's
because it's mainly small businesses rallying together."
The Religious Freedom Act isn't the only bill with controversy. House
Bill 585 promises sweeping changes to many parts of the state's criminal
justice system, intended to streamline and make the whole process cheaper.
members of metro-area law enforcement put their badge behind defeating the bill
months ago, but it still went through, signed into law by the governor.
and Madison County DA Michael Guest says he's worried about the implications of
crimes made less serious in a heavily populated region already prone to theft
and drug arrests.
had people who were set for trial in June who failed to appear for trial
because they wanted to wait until after July to enter their plea of guilty and
be sentenced because they felt they would be able to take advantage of the new
sentencing structure," Guest said.
laws that take effect July 1 include teacher pay raises, the first for
Mississippi teachers in seven years, and funding for a trooper school for the
Mississippi Highway Patrol.