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State pay raises go into effect

These new Mississippi laws took effect Sunday:

EDUCATION FUNDING - The Mississippi Adequate Education Program is fully funded. MAEP is designed to ensure each school district receives enough money to meet midlevel accreditation standards.

STATE EMPLOYEE PAY - Roughly 30,000 state workers will receive raises of $1,500 or "realignment," whichever is more. In realignment, the pay for a particular job is brought in line with the pay for similar jobs in nearby states.

TEACHER PAY - Teachers will get a 3 percent pay raise.

ACCIDENT REPORTS - Fraudulently obtaining a copy of a traffic accident report is punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and six months in jail.

OUTDOORS - Hunting and fishing licenses expire one year from the date they're issued rather than all expiring on June 30.

SEX OFFENDERS - Registered sex offenders are banned from being on or near school campuses under most circumstances; violation of the new law is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.

DEER BAITING - The state Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is authorized to study whether to allow deer hunting over grain.

JOY RIDING - Penalties are increased, from 10 years to 15 years, for a felony conviction of stealing a vehicle.

STUN GUNS - The state requires anyone carrying a stun gun to have a permit from the Department of Public Safety.

NUTS - The state is creating a Peanut Promotion Board. It will be funded by a $2.50 assessment per ton of peanuts grown in Mississippi.

COMP TIME - City and county governments are authorized to provide pay or compensatory time off for public employees who work holidays.

BURN CENTER - The University of Mississippi Medical Center is authorized to start the only in-state burn unit. However, lawmakers provided no money for the program, making it difficult for UMC to begin work on it.

HISTORY - The state will spend $500,000 to develop plans for a civil rights museum.

ELECTIONS - Candidates in Mississippi elections are banned from seeking more than one office at the same time. This law takes effect July 1, or when it is approved by the U.S. Justice Department.

 

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