The Mississippi Supreme Court heard two hours of arguments Tuesday in the battle over an alternative ballot measure title.
Justices are expected to rule within a matter of weeks whether Hinds County Circuit Judge Wintston L. Kidd erred in revising the title of Alternative Measure 42-A.
The Legislature had voted in January to put Alternative Measure 42-A on the November ballot as an alternative to citizen-sponsored Initiative Measure 42. Both call for a constitutional amendment requiring the state to fund a system of “free public schools.”
But Initiative 42 would let the chancery court enforce that requirement – essentially forcing the Legislature to fully fund education even if lawmakers decide otherwise.
The alternative has no such judicial oversight.
Critics of the legislative alternative say its original title was designed to confuse voters. It asks,”Should the Legislature provide for the establishment and support of free public schools without judicial enforcement?”
It’s almost identical to the Initiative Measure 42 title, which asks, “Should the State be required to provide for the support of an adequate and efficient system of free public schools?”
One of those critics, Oxford mother Adrian Shipman, challenged the alternative ballot title in Kidd’s court.
Kidd agreed with Shipman and, after an April 1 hearing, changed the title to ask, “Should the Legislature establish and support effective public schools, but not provide a mechanism to enforce that right?”
His actions were supposed to be final, according to a state law.
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