Legislative Session 2020

BPF follows, analyzes and comments on the latest Mississippi legislative session striving to inform Mississippians on its views regarding public policies that benefit or cause harm to our economic condition.

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Gov. Reeves Scorecard Ranking Among Nation’s Governors

Gov. Tate Reeves received a mediocre grade in an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) scorecard ranking the nation’s governors on economic policy performance and results during and before the COVID-19 pandemic despite being in office less than a year.

MS Ballot 2020

A Little-Known Issue on the Mississippi Ballot

While the state flag and the medical marijuana initiative have received significant coverage in the traditional media and on social media, there is a third issue that has received very little attention.

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Initiative 65 – Why Is the Ballot So Confusing?

Legislative opposition to 65, and thus support for putting 65A on the ballot to compete with it, was driven by a combination of motives.

Medical Marijuana MS 2020

Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A: What Would They Do?

Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A both propose an amendment to the Mississippi constitution related to the medical use of marijuana.  That is, for the most part, where their similarity ends.

Mississippi Initiative 65 and 65A

What To Know Before Voting on Medical Marijuana Amendments

It is important to know ahead of time what to look for on the ballot.  If you wait until you get to the voting booth to try to figure out how and where to vote on it, you might end up wanting some medical marijuana to calm your frustration.  Most of what you will see on the ballot is useless in helping you understand what you are voting on.

MS Flag Vote

What Does the Flag Vote Mean?

The Mississippi Constitution has no provision for allowing voters to decide any public policy matter except amendments to the state Constitution. Yet, twice the legislature has asked voters for their opinion by use of an election ballot.  Both times, in 2001 and now in 2020, the question has been on the design of the state flag.