1999 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Turner
Senate Bill 2719
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 9-7-44, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL JUDGESHIP FOR THE SIXTEENTH CIRCUIT COURT DISTRICT; TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION THEREOF; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 9-7-44, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
9-7-44. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, there shall be two (2) judges for the Sixteenth Circuit Court District.
(2) From and after January 1, 2000, there shall be three (3) judges for the Sixteenth Circuit Court District. The initial term for the third judgeship created under this section shall begin on January 1, 2000, and shall end at the same time as the terms of circuit judges generally. The initial holder of the third judgeship shall not be appointed but shall be elected at a special election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November, 1999, and all candidates therefor shall file their intent to be a candidate and pay the fee provided in Section 23-15-977 not later than thirty (30) days prior to the general election; the election of the initial holder of the third judgeship shall otherwise be as required by law.
SECTION 2. The Attorney General of the State of Mississippi is directed to submit this act, immediately upon approval by the Governor, or upon approval by the Legislature subsequent to a veto, to the Attorney General of the United States or to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in accordance with the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after the date it is effectuated under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended and extended.