Death by committee: A few locally-sponsored bills that are no more
Published 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Approximately 75 percent of all bills introduced in the Legislature fail because they did not make it out of committees by mandated deadlines. At the Feb. 1 deadline, 567 bills died in the Mississippi Senate and 1,042 died in the House.
Here are some of the bills sponsored or co-sponsored by Brookhaven lawmakers that died in committee.
Rep. Becky Currie
HB 362 would have deleted requirement for a physician’s refer prior to physical therapy services.
HB 442 would have prohibited municipalities from defunding police departments.
HB 450 would have required autopsies to include whether the death was a direct result of seizure or epilepsy.
HB 776 would have provided that no employer pay an employee a wage less than the rate at which an employee of the opposite sex in the same establishment is paid for equal work requiring equal skill, effort and responsibility.
HB 1094 would have allowed interoperability between the radios of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol and that of counties and municipalities.
Rep. Vince Mangold
HB 1473 would have revised the Governor’s Emergency Authority to allow local governments to use discretion on suspending certain utility shutoffs during emergencies.
HB 437 would have established The Teaching Racial and Universal Equality (TRUE) Act. The TRUE Act would have prohibited the State Board of Education, schools or school-governing authorities from including or promoting divisive concepts as part of its curriculum or instruction.
Sen. Jason Barrett
SB 2166 would have increased the annual salaries of county sheriffs.
SB 2351 would have provided an additional chancellor for the 15th Chancery Court District.
SB 2539 would have created The Mississippi Scrap Metal Act, requiring scrap metal dealers maintain certain records and be subject to certain inspections.
SB 2557 would have promoted interoperability between the radios of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol and that of counties and municipalities.