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Miss. immigration-enforcement bill killed

Published: Apr 5, 2012 6:00 am By: EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

"A Mississippi Senate chairman killed an immigration-enforcement bill by choosing not to bring it up for a vote in his committee before a Tuesday deadline, effectively squelching debate on one of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant's top issues.

Some House members are trying to revive the enforcement provisions by putting them into a counterfeit-goods bill that's still alive. But that strategy could fail because of strict legislative rules about wedging issues into unrelated or barely related bills in the midst of a session.

Judiciary B Committee Chairman Hob Bryan, D-Amory, said the bill attempted to micromanage the way law enforcement officers do their jobs."

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