Judge’s rewrite of ballot title is final, attorneys argue

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Attorneys for an Oxford parent say there’s no legal right for anyone to appeal a circuit judge’s rewriting of a short description for one of the school funding proposals on the November ballot.

The attorneys for Adrian Shipman filed arguments Monday with the Mississippi Supreme Court. They say state law specifies that if a circuit judge rewrites a ballot title for a proposed constitutional amendment, that decision is final.

Their arguments are in response to papers filed May 22 by attorneys representing Republican legislative leaders. Justices will hear oral arguments June 9.

The debate is over the ballot titles that voters will see for two proposed constitutional amendments that deal with school funding.

Initiative 42 got on the ballot through citizens’ petitions. Initiative 42-A was put there by legislators.

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