New Laws In Mississippi
Today marks the effective date of several new laws in Mississippi signed into law earlier this year.
The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, restricts the government from placing burdens on religious practices. This comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a virtually identical federal statute to uphold Hobby Lobby’s opposition to providing contraception coverage through its company health insurance plans.
Another new law bans abortions at 20 weeks. There are however exceptions which may apply. Those include severe abnormality to the baby, and death or permanent injury to the mother due to the pregnancy.
And Mississippi teachers will be receive $1,500 pay raise this year, with an additional $1,000 increase next year. And there is the addition of merit pay raises for high achieving districts which will begin in the 2016-2017 school year.
These laws take effect today, July 1, 2014, pursuant to the effective date passed by the Mississippi legislature and signed by Governor Bryant.