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Justices question clarity of school funding ballot titles

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Supreme Court justices are asking how voters can tell the difference between two school funding initiatives on the November ballot.

Justices heard arguments Tuesday in a dispute about short descriptions of each proposed constitutional amendment.

The ballot title for Initiative 42 says the citizen-sponsored proposal would require "an adequate and efficient system of free public schools." People could sue if education funding falls short.

The Legislature put an alternative, Initiative 42-A, on the ballot. Its original title, written by Attorney General Jim Hood, said lawmakers must fund "effective free public schools." A circuit judge rewrote that title to say the Legislature should fund effective schools, but specify that people could not ask a judge to order legislators to follow a funding law

Justices didn't say when they would rule.

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