Tuesday, February 21, 2006

PRESS CLIPPINGS: Tuesday, February 21, 2006

1. Tuck, Senate introduce a compromise bill for grocery tax cut in case veto cannot be overridden.

Senate gets revised tax bill - The Clarion-Ledger:
Weeks after a controversial tax bill was vetoed, Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck on Monday introduced a less ambitious bill to trim the grocery tax and raise the cigarette tax.

Senate Bill 3084 would raise the cigarette tax to 80 cents per pack while cutting the 7 percent grocery tax in half, starting July 1. The bill likely will be taken up on the Senate floor today.

Tuck said the legislation was filed as an alternative to the initial bill that would have raised cigarette taxes to $1 per pack and eliminated the grocery tax over nine years. Gov. Haley Barbour vetoed Senate Bill 2310 last month.
2. The Commonwealth questions how far is too far in pointing out sex offenders.

Greenwood Commonwealth - Opinion - 02/20/2006 - How much ridicule for sex offenders?:
How much should sex offenders be subject to public vilification, even as they are serving time for their crimes?

That is the question raised by a plan in the Department of Human Services to plaster on billboards around the state the faces of sex offenders, particularly those convicted of statutory rape, while they are behind bars.

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