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Chaos and CompromiseThe Evolution of the Mississippi Budgeting Process$
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Brian A. Pugh

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496830197

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496830197.001.0001

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Legislative Power Weakened

Legislative Power Weakened

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(p.17) Chapter 2 Legislative Power Weakened
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Chaos and Compromise
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Brian Pugh

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496830197.003.0002

This chapter explains how legislative power was weakened after the courts agreed with Attorney General Bill Allain that it was unconstitutional for legislators to serve on executive boards and commissions. This chapter discusses the most important separation of powers case in the state’s history, Alexander v. State of Mississippi by and Through Allain (1983). The court decision in the Alexander case resulted in the passage of the Mississippi Administrative Reorganization Act of 1984, which created a new budget making process. The reorganization act created the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) and the Fiscal Management Board (FMB).

Keywords:   Separation of Powers, Alexander v. State of Mississippi by and Through Allain (1983), Mississippi Administrative Reorganization Act of 1984, Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), Fiscal Management Board (FMB)

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