Gov. Bryant signed several bills into law recently including the Compact for a Balanced Budget and a bill prohibiting texting while driving.
Senate Bill 2389, the Compact for a Balanced Budget, enters Mississippi into the interstate compact that calls for a Constitutional Convention to ratify a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The Governor outlawed texting while driving by signing House Bill 389 which specifically states, “An operator of a moving motor vehicle is prohibited from writing, sending, or reading a text message and from accessing, reading or posting to a social networking site using a hand-held mobile telephone [or other portable electronic communication device] while driving said motor vehicle.” Mississippi already had a law prohibiting those 16 and under from texting while driving but this law expands the ban to all drivers. Phone calls are not impacted.
Other recently signed bills:
- House Bill 215 allows temporary medical licenses to be issued to out-of-state doctors in state for military, National Guard, or Reserve duty.
- House Bill 257 requires/allows HIV testing of adults accused of sexual assault on a child prior to any conviction.
- Senate Bill 2127 provides in-state tuition rates for non-residents eligible for veterans education assistance.
The new laws become effective July 1st.
- Governor signs texting ban and DNA/HIV testing bills
- Phil Bryant signs bill making texting while driving illegal in Mississippi
- House Bill 215, Special volunteer medical license authorization
- House Bill 257, DNA & HIV testing for arrests for sex crimes against minors
- House Bill 272, Bad checks
- House Bill 389, Prohibit texting and social networking while driving
- Senate Bill 2127, In-state tuition for VEA recipients
- Senate Bill 2389, Compact for a Balanced Budget