SB 2511 – Provides licensing for practicioners of naturopathic medicine
SB 2567 – Gives governor reigns of health agencies
HB 926 – Establishes the Health Care Collaboration Act aims to help University of Mississippi Medical Center to form partnerships with private health care providers around the state
Dead—but not “dead, dead, dead”In the Legislature, nothing is ever dead until it’s completely dead. These bills failed to make it through committee, but could come back at some point as amendments to other bills or under provisions of special rules. Among them: Multiple bills, including HB 8 and HB 366 that would require the state to establish equal pay laws and raise the state minimum wage did not make it out of committee before the deadline. Bills proposing a merger of the Arts Commission into the Development Authority died in committee Tuesday. The bills – HB 1325 and SB 2611 – would have folded the Arts Commission into the Mississippi Development Authority, transferring all duties of the current commission to the economic development office. Also dead are: House Bills 9 and 1080 — Establish fair pay acts to provide equal pay for women. HB 1 — Add “poisonous” and venomous snakes to the inherently dangerous category as used in Mississipppi Code. HB 325 — Require timber bearing trucks to operate at night. HB 877 — Replace the three elected positions that make up the Mississippi Transportation Commission with a single governor appointment. HB 1022 — Prevent the Legislature from appropriating any funds to Mississippi Department of Transportation for the purpose of new state highway or bridge construction. All 22 state flag bills, some of which would change the state flag and some to keep it. SB 2489— Give governor veto authority over 80-100 state boards and commissions. SB 2891— Create district around state buildings and roads in downtown Jackson to improve infrastructure. HB 505 – Require an increase in sex offender registration for the purpose of funding a new trooper school. SB 2600, House Bill 1065, HB 575 – Strengthen punishments for abuse of dogs and cats. Bills died in Senate and House Agriculture committees. HB 1197 – Outlaws abortion
HB 1198 – Would prohibit abortion when a fetal heartbeat is present; two Senate bills also died.
SB 2170 – Prohibits use of public or grant funds for abortions
SB 2409 – Reopen chemical dependency unit at Mississippi State Hospital
HB 340 – Would make it a felony for a doctor to engage in any sort of sexual conduct with a patient