2012 Legislature: Power, Agenda in GOP’s Grip

Clarion Ledger: 2012 Legislature: Power, agenda in GOP’s grip

The GOP will have more power than ever this legislative session, with Republicans in control of the state House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.

Lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday, and Republicans are bringing long wish lists, including anti-illegal immigration measures, a law that would require reporting of suspected child sex abuse, charter school proposals and restrictions on the attorney general’s office, among others.

But many Democrats say they worry about the changes that Republican control could mean for the state.

“The question is going to be what do the people of Mississippi want?” said Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis. “If they want drastic cuts in education, they’ll be happy. If they want drastic cuts to Medicaid, they’ll be happy.”

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