Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves filed a summary of the legislative session headlined “Session Ends with Balanced Budget, Efficiency Measures, Investment in Education.” The release documents the major legislative achievements to include education initiatives, the budget, public safety, reinforcing 2nd Amendment issues, and efforts to make Mississippi “business-friendly.”
The Mississippi Legislature had a busy day and passed several bills despite some significant opposition to several of them. Below are the bills that have been sent to Gov. Phil Bryant for signature with some comments from Twitter.
Senate Bill 2681, Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, received significant opposition and was labeled as discriminatory. A similar bill in Arizona raised national attention but was ultimately vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP) had several interesting comments:
SB 2681 wasn’t passed without some objections:
Remarkably, House Bill 1400, which prohibits abortion after 20-weeks, passed both the House and Senate and Gov. Bryant is ready to sign into law:
What some are calling a compromise, House Bill 504, Teacher Pay Raise, will provide for pay raises based on meritorious achievement. Few are entirely satisfied but many are thankful to have passed something including Mississippi Delta Sen. Derrick Simmons:
Sen. Brice Wiggins of Pascagoula authored and pushed forward Senate Bill 2579, Marine Resources and Accountability and Reorganization Act, to reform the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) after widespread corruption was discovered recently in the organization.
For more information:
- Mississippi Legislature passes 20-week abortion ban
- Miss. teacher pay raise bill goes to gov.
- Lawmakers agree on teacher pay raise
- DMR reform act awaits governor’s signature
- House Bill 504
- House Bill 1400
- Senate Bill 2579
- Senate Bill 2681