Jimmie E. Gates and Geoff Pender filed their weekly summary of state legislature work in Legislature briefs: Reservoir liquor, school takeovers, gun buybacks, CPR.
Recent and ongoing work from the past week in the state legislature is below:
- Gov. Phil Bryant signed into law House Bill 836 that extends areas deemed as “qualified resort areas” under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law. If pursued, this will allow liquor alcohol to be sold by the glass on the Rankin County side of Ross Barnett Reservoir.
- House Bill 455 delays the take-over of 50 failing schools that would otherwise come under state control in 2014 under the 2010 New Start Schools Law.
- House Bill 432 requires CPR to be taught in Grades 9-12.
- Senate Bill 2591 establishes an Umbilical Cord Blood Banking Program to be set-up in Mississippi’s Department of Health.
- Senate Concurrent Resolution 561 authorizes the creation of an Ad Hoc committee to study issues relating to Family Caregivers and Long-Term Care Services as Mississippi’s population over 85-years-old is expected to increase 67% by 2032.