The following have qualified for candidacy in the 2o15 election for the Mississippi Senate. Only the Gulf Coast region is represented. For a complete list see Empower Mississippi‘s tabulation for the entire state.
District 40 (Pearl River): Incumbent Angela Hill (R) is uncontested.
District 45 (Forrest): Incumbent Billy Hudson (R) is uncontested.
District 46 (Hancock): Incumbent Philip E. Moran (R) is uncontested.
District 47 (Harrison/Jackson/Pearl River/Stone): With Sen. Tony Smith qualifying to run for the Public Service Commission Southern District, three candidates have qualified to replace him:
- Jimmy L. “Bo” Alawine (D)
- Rogena Mitchell (R)
- Joseph M. “Mike” Seymore (R)
District 48 (Harrison):
- Incumbent: Deborah Dawkins (D)
- Joseph B. Piernas, Sr. (D)
- Walter Crapps (R)
District 49 (Harrison):
- Incumbent: Sean Tindell (R)
- Katherine DeCoito (R)
District 50 (Harrison): Incumbent Tommy Gollott is uncontested.
District 51 (Jackson County):
- Incumbent Michael D. Watson, Jr. (R)
- Butch Loper (R)
Alisha Nelson McElhenney had qualified for the District 51 seat but switched her candidacy to the Lieutenant Governor seat following Watson’s announcement.
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Yesterday, Gov. Bryant signed into law a tax holiday bill, Senate Bill 2425:
- Creates a sales tax holiday on firearms, ammunition, and hunting supplies during Mississippi’s “Second Amendment Weekend,” September 5th – 7th.
- Creates another sales tax holiday for a variety of organizations and items from July 25th – 26th.
The NRA thanked Rep. Andy Gipson (R-77) and Sens. Briggs Hopson (R-23) and Sean Tindell (R-49) for getting the bill to the governor.
On March 27th, the Governor signed into law several protections for gun owners under House Bill 314:
- Limit government confiscation of legally owned weapons during states of emergency
- Clarify local authority to limit the carrying of firearms
- Affirm the rights of citizens to possess firearms in public housing
- Prohibit destruction of weapons via government “buyback” programs
The NRA credited Sen. Philip Moran (R-46), Rep. Jeff Smith (R-39), Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and Speaker Philip Gunn (R-56) for getting the measure passed.
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State Sen. Philip Moran (R-Hancock & Harrison) sponsored Senate Bill 2425 which passed in subcommittee according to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. With House Bill 1539 also passing, the full legislature will consider the bills that would create a tax free holiday in September for Mississippians.
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