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New Mississippi laws effective July 1

New laws to go into effect in Mississippi on July 1 will address ballot harvesting, a Foster Parents Bill of Rights, and the ability for teachers to have a firearm on a school campus.  

Bills passed in the 2023 legislative session and signed by Gov. Tate Reeves allows for postpartum Medicaid coverage for women for up to one year, extending the coverage from the present 60 days.  

Those wanting to adopt will be able to receive a tax credit of $5,000 for expenses and $10,000 for a child tax credit. 

Another new law passed and signed approves a funding increase for both half-day and full-day Early Learning Collaboratives.  A public registry of those convicted of embezzlement or misappropriation of public funds is also being established under another piece of legislation set to become law. 

You can review the entire list of new laws here: http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislation/all-measures-not-dead/ 

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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