Today marked the final deadline for the Mississippi House of Representatives to approve bills passed by the Senate. The House concurred with the Senate on several measures, sending them on the the Governor for final approval.
Here are a few significant measures approved by the House this week:
- SB 2238 prevents taxpayer dollars from reimbursing Planned Parenthood for abortion services.
- SB 2493, the “Supporting and Strengthening Families Act,” provides flexibility to parents facing a crisis to execute a power of attorney for voluntary guardianship over their children. This model has been implemented successfully in other states.
- HB 809 modernizes our election laws to allow for online voter registration when a resident moves within the state. This also helps our citizens save time and money when updating their records.
- SB 2418 helps protect women by adding domestic violence as a grounds for divorce in the state.
- View each measure approved by the House, along with my votes, here.
One of my top legislative priorities is working to ensure that every child in the state has access to a quality education. Many of our educators work so hard for our children and often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. I was happy to join the MS Council for the Social Studies at the Capitol this week for the presentation of The Jesse Palmer Award for Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year to Mr. Steven White. My friend Otis Pickett, President of the organization, presented the award. We celebrated Mr. White’s service and the diligent work of all of our teachers across the state.
As we enter the final month of the legislative session, the House will be working with the Senate in conference committees to iron out our differences on pending legislation.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about pending legislation, or if I can do anything for you! You can always reach me on my cell at (601) 207-0813.
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