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Mississippi Lawmakers Revisit State Initiative Process

Mississippi legislators are exploring reviving the state’s initiative process. Tuesday the State house voted to adopt House Concurrent Resolution 39 by a vote of 91-26. It now goes to the Senate. The resolution would allow people to collect signatures on petitions to put proposed state laws on the ballot. The state’s old initiative process allowed people to collect signatures to put proposed state constitutional amendments on the ballot. The move comes months after the state Supreme Court tossed out the state’s old initiative process. The state supreme court ruled in May that Mississippi’s former initiative process was outdate, because it specified petitioners should collect one-fifth of their signatures from each congressional district. The process was put in place during 1990s, when Mississippi had five congressional districts. Mississippi dropped from five congressional districts to four after the 2000 census due to a population decrease. The state’s initiative process was never updated to specify one-fourth of the signatures should come from each of the four districts.

Cynthia Milton has had a lifelong love for the arts, the art of communication and business. This multiple award winning journalist is a powerful voice in the state of Mississippi. Her rich warm voice has endeared her to thousands of listeners. She can be heard every morning serving as the local host of NPR's Morning Edition. She is also the host and producer of the Candid Conversations talk show, which won a first place award from the prestigious Mississippi Association of Broadcasters within its first six months of production. Ms. Milton has also been cited for awards by the Louisiana and Mississippi Associated Press organizations. In addition, Milton is an international Amazon best selling author having co-authored the anthology, Your Faith Will Make You Unstoppable with dynamic women leaders from across the globe. She is a founding member of the international business women's organization Women Collaborating Together, which works to support, encourage and mentor women across the globe. Ms. Milton doesn't just speak, she also is a professional singer. Milton has lent her vocal ability and acting skills to several independent film projects.