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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 03:31 AM

Powerful legislative seats in question following DUI arrests

JACKSON The 2019 Mississippi legislative session will begin with the specter of the two highest-ranking lawmakers having recently been arrested on charges related to driving under the influence.

Senate President Pro Tempore Terry Burton, R-Newton, was charged with driving under the influence Wednesday night in Starkville. This was his third DUI arrest in four years.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, pleaded no contest last month in Meridian Municipal Court to refusing a breathalyzer when suspected of driving under the influence in late September.

The Senate and House pro tems, considered powerful and enviable posts in the Legislature, serve in absence of the presiding officer. The posts draw extra campaign contributions and lobbying efforts from interest groups, and both pro tems also oversee the operational management of their respective chambers.

Read more: http://www.djournal.com/mississippi-today/powerful-legislative-seats-in-question-following-dui-arrests/article_b19f736d-b32c-5ccc-86fb-a043cba56928.html

Lock him up!

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