Legislators at work in the Mississippi House chamber.
The Mississippi House of Representatives continues to post bills to the website. Here are several of note: HB 1 – Classifies venomous snakes as inherently dangerous to humans. Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson HB 7 – The Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; add “political calls” as prohibited. Rep. Ken Morgan, R-Morgantown HB 8 – Establishes a $9 state minimum wage and sets requirements for exemptions and overtime. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis HB 66 – Prohibits conjugal visits for offenders committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections. Rep. William Shirley, R-Quitman HB 112 and HB 113 – Expand the state’s Medicaid eligibility requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act. Reps. Willie Perkins, D-Greenwood, and Bryant Clark, D-Pickens. HB 128 – Requires universities to place 33 percent of college bowl game revenue into escrow accounts to distribute to graduating athletes, Rep. Omeria Scott, D-Laurel.

HB 154 – Revise MAEP to provide greater funding to school districts showing greatest levels of growth and proficiency. Rep. Henry Zuber, R-Ocean Springs.

HB 179 – Create a medical marijuana pilot program in Mississippi for patients who are prescribed marijuana by a doctor. Rep. Joel Bomgar, R-Madison. HB 212 – Allow undocumented students to attend Mississippi universities with in-state tuition under certain provisions. Rep. Kathy Sykes, D-Jackson. HB 228, 249, 303 – Authorize early voting. Reps. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, and Earle Banks, D-Jackson. HB 267 – Elect schools boards every four years for four year terms. Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon. HB 284 – School boards of failing districts cannot keep students from transferring out of that district. Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon. HB 305 – Abolish party primaries. Rep. Stephen Horne, R-Meridian. HB 310 – Grant an additional two percent of sales tax collections in municipalities with fewer than 10,000 residents for road and bridge improvements. Rep. William Tracy Arnold, R-Booneville. HB 319 – Motor vehicle liability insurance; require to renew registration, Rep. Patricia Willis, D-Diamondhead HB 327 – Restore voting rights to people who committed nonviolent disqualifying crimes upon meeting certain requirements, Rep. Tommy Reynolds, D-Charleston HB 328 –  Restore right to vote to veterans who committed nonviolent disqualifying crimes upon completing the sentencing requirements, Rep. Tommy Reynolds, D-Charleston HB 331 – Provide for increase in annual compensation for state employees with annual salary under $50,000.00, Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest HB 352 -Provide penalties for posting certain electronic photos, including nude images, without permission, Rep. Cedric Burnett, D-Tunica HB 355 – Require to public schools to post child abuse hotline number in visible areas of the school, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven HB 357 – Repeal Common Core state education standards, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven HB 367 – Authorize open primaries, Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest HB 373 – Allow first time voters to register to vote online, Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson HB 376 – Require recipients of public assistance to present proof each quarter of their attempts to obtain employment, Rep. Deborah Dixon, D-Raymond HB 377 – Prohibit  smoking in motor vehicles in the presence of child passengers under the age 6, Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville HB 380 – Remove manslaughter from exception list to qualify for political candidacy, Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb HB 396 – Prohibit elected state officials from visibly or audibly participating in the making of state funded advertising, Rep. Noah Sanford, R-Collins HB 398 – Exempt newspaper delivery service from requirement to use seat belts while on duty, Rep. Angela Cockherham, D-Magnolia HB 402 – Prohibit plea bargains for habitual offenders of crimes of violence, Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune HB 426 – Designate the Holy Bible at the official state book of Mississippi, Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest HB 433 – Include the citizenship exam given by the federal government in the social studies curriculum, Rep. Ashley Henley, R-Southhaven HB 437 – Create a fund for the expenses of the First Lady’s staff, travel, meals and other expenses incurred in performing duties as First Lady, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven HB 440 – Create the Mississippi Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act to provide tuition assistance to students, Rep. Deborah Dixon, D-Raymond See all the bills introduced at the Legislature website.

Ryan L. Nave, a native of University City, Mo., served as Mississippi Today's editor-in-chief from May 2018 until April 2020. Ryan began his career with Mississippi Today February 2016 as an original member of the editorial team. He became news editor August 2016. Ryan has a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked for Illinois Times and served as news editor for the Jackson Free Press.