In Legal Terms

7/28/2020

In Legal Terms: Mask Constitutionality

Guest: Lisa Shaw Roy, Professor of Law and Jessie D. Puckett, Jr. Lecturer https://law.olemiss.edu/faculty-directory/lisa-shaw-roy/Discussion centered around are restrictions on religious gatherings and mandatory mask orders during a pandemic constitutional.On shutting down one group verses another? Liberty concerns vs equality concernshttps://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/supreme-court-rejects-nevada-church-challenge-on-virus-rulesDoes the constitution grant governments greater latitude to restrict individual freedoms during a pandemic.A Simple Guide to Executive Orders: A handy summary of COVID-19 Executive Orders from the Governor, organized by who and what they apply to (Updated July 27) https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/9924.pdfFines for not wearing a mask? According to the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, Jackson residents could be fined $300 and sent to jail for six months. Businesses could be shut down for a day. The fine in Canton for individuals is $500, and $1,000 for businesses. In Columbus and Greenwood, you can be fined up to $1,000.A $1,000 fine applies to businesses in Oxford.https://mspolicy.org/1000-fine-6-months-in-jail-for-not-wearing-a-mask/Private business that require masks to do business with them (now or beginning on the 1st): Walmart, Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Aldi, Apple, AT&T, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco, CVS Health, Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, Verizon, Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods Market,and McDonald's. https://www.worldnewj.com/winn-dixie-publix-walmart-all-the-u-s-stores-requiring-masks/
7/21/2020

In Legal Terms: Gaming Law

Guest: Ron Rychlak, Distinguished Professor of Law, Jamie L. Whitten Chair of Law and Government, and Faculty Athletics Representative https://law.olemiss.edu/faculty-directory/ronald-j-rychlak/Discussion included:how has COVID19 impacted gamblingonline gambling in Mississippisports bettingSome websites:https://news.yahoo.com/california-man-accused-gambling-away-covid-relief-funds-013747667.htmlhttps://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/is-betting-an-athletes-heart-rate-a-game-coming-broadcasting-guest-column-1303582On the 'Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me' NPR and MPB radio program broadcast July 18, 2020 and available as a podcast, they had guest Maria Konnikova, journalist and writer who took up completive poker playing as research for her book, currently on the New York Times Bestseller list - The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win. She moved during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown to New Jersey where online poker is legal. https://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/The Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling is dedicated to helping the community respond to those individuals and their families devastated by addictive gambling. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call ourtoll-free help line at 1-888-777-9696. All calls are strictly confidential.msgambler.orgMPB’s Money Talks discussed Day Trading on July 21st, 2020.. Is that legal online gambling? Listen to the Money Talks podcast or find it on their website: moneytalks.mpbonline.org
6/30/2020

In Legal Terms: Midyear Pandemic Taxes

Calls:home salesPERS taxable? http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-persrolling over an IRA to a Roth IRAearly withdraw from IRA due to COVID-19military taxes https://www.irs.gov/individuals/militaryfiling taxes when you don't owehttps://www.cbh.com/guide/alerts/cares-act-what-you-need-to-know/CARES Act: Highlights of the Tax ProvisionsProvisions Applicable To IndividualsEarly withdrawals from retirement plans and participant loansWaiver of required minimum distributionsRecovery RebatesCharitable Contribution ChangesModification of limitation on losses for individualsProvisions Applicable To BusinessesEmployee Retention CreditDeferral of Employer payroll taxesChanges to Mandated Paid LeaveEmployer Payment of Employee Student LoansChanges to NOLSChanges to AMT Credit refundsChanges to limitations on deductibility of business interest expenseChanges to depreciation for qualified improvement propertyTax Aspects of Government Provided Relief LoansProvisions Applicable To IndividualsAdditional Retirement Plan Distributions AvailableRecovery Rebates for IndividualsAllowance for partial above-the-line deduction for charitable contributionsModification of limitations on charitable contributions during 2020Modification of limitation on losses for taxpayers other than corporationsProvisions Applicable To BusinessesEmployee Retention CreditDeferral of Employer payroll taxesChanges to Mandated Paid LeaveEmployer Payment of Employee Student LoansChanges to NOLSChanges to AMT Credit refundsChanges to limitations on deductibility of business interest expenseChanges to depreciation for qualified improvement propertyTax Aspects of Government Provided Relief Loans
6/23/2020

In Legal Terms: Voting During a Pandemic

Guest Ben Griffith https://law.olemiss.edu/faculty-directory/ben-griffith-2/ discusses voting in Mississippi and voting during a pandemic.Calls concerned:mail in voting in other statespadded voter rolls and piles of ballotscontacting Circuit Clerks office for absentee ballots learning where your polling place is locatedwhat if voters are kept away from votingHB 1521 https://legiscan.com/MS/bill/HB1521/2020Need voter information? www.yallvote.sos.ms.govSome registered voters are eligible to vote by an absentee ballot because of age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. Please check with your Circuit or Municipal Clerk to determine if you are entitled to vote by an absentee ballot and to learn the procedures for doing so. If you know you will vote by an absentee ballot, you may contact your Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s Office at any time within 45 days of the election. Voters included within the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), such as members of the military and overseas citizens, may register to vote and request an absentee ballot by Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). UOCAVA voters may register to vote using the FPCA up until ten days before the date of an election and may receive and return an absentee ballot by mail, email, or fax. For more information, call the Secretary of State’s Election Hotline at 1 (800) 829-6786 or visit the website atwww.yallvote.sos.ms.govA special election for Mississippi House of Representatives District 88 was called for April 21, 2020. On April 3, 2020, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) postponed the special election to June 23, 2020, amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.This is an area north of Hattiesburg almost surrounding but not including Laurel. The seat became vacant after Ramona Blackledge (R) resigned on January 31, 2020.https://ballotpedia.org/Mississippi_House_of_Representatives_District_88On our Feb.25th 2020 podcast we had guest new Secretary of State, Michael Watson to talk about primary voting, the Census, and the DMV. http://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-secretary-of-state-watson