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Government of Mississippi

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The Constitution of Mississippi is the guardian of the Government of Mississippi as the government is structured and established by the State Constitution of Mississippi. Mississippi became the 20th state of US on December 10, 1817 [1]. The Constitution of Mississippi categorizes the government into three distinct branches— the legislative, the executive and the judicial.

Executive Branch of Mississippi

The Mississippi Executive Branch is a well functioning body of the state government. Several state government departments work under the executive branch for the smooth functioning of the government. The Governor of Mississippi leads the executive branch of the government as the supreme executive head.

Governor

The Governor of Mississippi is the supreme executive head. Under the constitution, the Governor holds his office for governmentfour years. The governor sees that the laws are faithfully executed. The governor is the commander-in-chief of the army, the navy and of the militia. The governor has the power to call the legislature for meeting in extraordinary session for public interest.

Qualification of the Governor

  • The governor shall be at least thirty years of age
  • He shall be a citizen of the United States
  • He shall have resided in the state five years next preceding the day of his election.

Contact Details
Governor
P.O. Box 139, Jackson, MS 39205
Phone: 601.359.3150
Fax: 601.359.3741
Website: http://www.governorbryant.com/

Lieutenant Governor

The Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi is elected at the same time, for the same term, in the same manner and same qualifications as required of the Governor of the state. The Lieutenant Governor possesses the powers and discharges the duties of the office when the office of Governor is vacant, by death or otherwise when he is unable to perform the duties of the office.

Contact Details
Lieutenant Governor
PO Box 1018
Jackson, MS 39215
Phone: (601) 359-3200
Email: ltgov@senate.ms.gov
Website: http://www.ltgovreeves.ms.gov/Pages/Home.aspx

Secretary of State

The Secretary of State keeps a register of all official acts and proceedings of the governor. He performs duties as is required by law. The Secretary of State is the Chief Elections Officer for the state. The office publishes the Official and Statistical Register, better known as the “Blue Book. The qualifications required for the Secretary of State are he should be minimum twenty-five years of age, a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of his election, and he shall continue in office during the term of four years.

Contact Details
Secretary of State
401 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 359-1350
Website: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Office of State Auditor

The Office of the State Auditor protects the trust of public by verifying the funds they provide to state and local governments and ensure that it is used in a legal and efficient manner for the intended purpose. It works as a watchdog for the taxpayers of Mississippi.

Contact Details
Mississippi Office of the State Auditor
501 North West Street
Suite 801, Woolfolk Building
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 576-2800
Fax: (601) 576-2687
Website: http://www.osa.state.ms.us/

Office of Attorney General

The Attorney General of Mississippi is the chief legal officer of the state and serves as the state's lawyer. The Attorney General is elected for a four-year term.

Contact Details
Office of Attorney General
Walter Sillers Building
550 High Street, Suite 1200
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-3680
Website: http://www.ago.state.ms.us/

Legislative Branch of Mississippi

The Mississippi Legislature is the law making and supervising body of the state government of Mississippi. The Legislative power is vested in the legislature consisting of the Senate and the House of Representatives. legislature

Important Legislature Contact Numbers:

Senate Docket Room: (601)359-3229
House Docket Room: (601)359-3360
Senators During Session: (601)359-3770
Representatives During Session: (601)359-3770

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Mississippi Senate

The Mississippi Senate is the upper house of the Mississippi Legislature, composing 52 Senators. The lieutenant-governor is the president of the senate. The President preserves order and decorum.

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House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is the lower house of the Mississippi Legislature and comprises of 122 members. It consists of members chosen every four years by the qualified electors. The Speaker presides over the House and holds office for a term of four years. He preserves order and decorum. For one to be qualified as member of the House of Representatives, he should be of the age of twenty-one years, a qualified elector of the state, and a resident citizen of the state.

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Judicial Branch of Mississippi

The judicial power of the state is vested in the Supreme Court and such other courts as are provided for in the Constitution. The Supreme Court is the court of last resort in Mississippi. The judicial branch of Mississippi comprises of the following:


Supreme Court

The Mississippi Supreme Court is the court of last resort. Decisions of the Chancery, the Court of Appeals, Circuit Supreme Courtand County Courts may be appealed to the Supreme Court. The term of office of the judges of the Supreme Court is eight years. For one to be eligible to the office of judge of the Supreme Court, he should have attained the age of thirty years at the time of his appointment and should be a practicing attorney and a citizen of the state for five years immediately preceding his appointment.


Court of Appeals

The court of appeals of Mississippi hears cases assigned by the Supreme Court. The court hears and decides appeals on issues in which the law is already settled but the facts are in dispute.


Circuit Court

The circuit court has original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal matters in the state not vested in some other court. It handles cases related to felony criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits, appeals from Justice, County and Municipal courts and from boards of administrations and commissions.


Chancery Court

The chancery court has jurisdiction in all matters in equity, divorce and alimony, matters testamentary and of administration, cases of idiocy, lunacy, and persons of unsound mind. Chancery Courts have jurisdiction over juvenile matters in counties which have no County Court.


County Courts

The county courts have exclusive jurisdiction over eminent domain proceedings and juvenile matters. The court shares jurisdiction with Circuit and Chancery Courts in some civil matters.


Justice Courts

Justice courts have jurisdiction over small claims civil cases involving amounts of $3,500 or less, any traffic offense occurring outside a municipality and misdemeanor criminal cases.


Youth Courts

The youth court deals with matters involving offenses committed by juveniles and abuse and neglect of juveniles.


Municipal Courts

The municipal courts exercise jurisdiction over municipal ordinances, misdemeanor crimes and city traffic violations.


Drug Courts

Drug courts are special courts which address crimes committed by addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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Mississippi State Taxation

The Department of Revenue is the primary agency for collecting tax revenues in Mississippi. The Department of Revenue manages and administers a standard tax law in the state.

Contact Details
Mississippi Department of Revenue
500 Clinton Center Drive
Clinton, MS 39056
Phone: (601) 923-7000
Website: https://www.dor.ms.gov/
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Taxes in Mississippi

Corporate Income Tax

Property Tax

Individual Income Tax

Petroleum Tax

Property Tax

Sales Tax

Mississippi State Departments

Various state departments work dedicatedly with the executive branch of the state government of Mississippi to ensure better administration of the state. These state departments render faithful services for the better functioning of the state. Some of the important state departments in Mississippi are:

Mississippi Department of Education

The Mississippi Department of Education implements a system wide plan of performance, policy and direction for public education in Mississippi. The vision of the Board is to create a world-class education system to give students the knowledge and skills allowing them to be successful in college and the workforce. Mississippi has 151 public school districts serving almost 500,000 students and employing more than 32,000 teachers.
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Contact Details
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-3513
Fax: 601-432-6480
Website: http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/

Mississippi State Department of Health

The mission of the Mississippi State Department of Health is to promote and protect the health of all Mississippians. The Mississippi State Department of Health works to monitor disease tracking and outbreak management prevention, protect the environment and prevention of disease and injury.

Contact Details
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson Drive
Jackson, Ms 39216
Phone: 1-866-458-4948
Website: http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/

Mississippi Department of Transportation

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network. The department strives to provide for transportation network that is planned, constructed, designed and maintained in an effective, cost efficient and environmentally sensitive manner. The Department of Transportation oversees roads, mass transit systems, ports, railways, waterways and airways in the state. The department implements many programs to improve the transportation network in the state and some of the notable programs include bicycle and pedestrians program, traffic safety program, scenic byways program, value engineering program among others.transportation

Contact Details
Mississippi Department of Transportation
401 North West St.
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-7074
Fax: 601-359-7834
Website: http://mdot.ms.gov/portal/home.aspx

Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance

The Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance is committed to providing quality supervision and regulation to institutions, firms, corporations, persons, and associations furnishing financial services to the people of Mississippi.

Contact Details
Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance
501 N. West Street, Suite A
Jackson, MS 39225
Phone: 601-359-1031
Fax: 601-359-3557
Website: http://www.dbcf.state.ms.us/default.asp

Division of Aging and Adult Services

The Division of Aging and Adult Services protects the rights of older citizens and expands their opportunities and access to quality services. The Division plans, coordinates and ensures the provision of services to all older Mississippians.

Contact Details
Division of Aging and Adult Services
750 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39202
Phone: 1-800-345-6347
Website: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/aging-adult-services/

Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is responsible to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state. The department promotes Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens.

Contact Details
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
121 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-1100
Fax: 601-354-6290
Website: http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/

Veterans Affairs Board

The Veterans Affairs Board is devoted to caring for Mississippi veterans and their dependents through superior service, care, and assistance.

Contact Details
Veterans Affairs Board
3466 Highway 80 East P.O. Box 5947
Pearl, MS 39208
Phone: 601-576-4850
Fax: 601-576-4868
Website: http://www.vab.ms.gov/




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