Meridian Star

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May 17, 2009

Hosemann: entertainment bill will help Meridian

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            All of those arguments were not sufficient to get it out of committee in the senate. They still had some concerns about early voting. We were hopeful that they would bring those concerns to the normal legislative process. Virtually every piece of legislation including the constitution is a process compromise, and we were hoping the senate would go through the process of tightening issues that they had concerns about so we could keep the dialogue going until we arrived at a deal. In the end we were unsuccessful. 

 

Star: Are you going to try again next year? 

 

Hosemann: Well, we're pushing for a constitutional amendment under the initiative process now... We get about 90,000 signatures from all five congressional districts in the states. Once those are done they're certified by the clerk, so Donna Jill will certify them here. Then they will come to me and I will certify them to the legislature. Then it goes to the Mississippi legislature for an alternative amendment, if any. After that then it goes on the next statewide ballot... 

            We're going to push that initiative for the next 90 days, and we're hopeful that we will have all five congressional districts done by then so that we can take it to the legislature...

            This is a civics lesson to Mississippi to see whether or not the citizens can come and amend their constitution by citizen will. We're hopeful that the citizens will come forward and sign those petitions and put it on the ballot. 

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