Public Health and Human Services

2019 Regular Session

Public Health and Human Services

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 1
Not Rated
Disabilities, persons with; modernize terminology used to refer to. Dead
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HB 13
Not Rated
SNAP and TANF recipients; require those unemployed to take Test of Adult Basic Education. Dead
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HB 14
Not Rated
SNAP recipients; must take TABE exam and achieve certain scores before will be exempt from work requirements. Dead
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HB 25
Not Rated
Funeral director assistants; authorize to perform all activities of funeral directors with certain exception. Dead
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HB 31
Good Policy
Certified nurse practitioners; no physician supervision required for certain with over 3,600 hours of clinical practice. Dead
Analysis: This bill decreases the regulatory burden on some nurse practitioners under very narrow circumstances. That is a good but our focus should be on comprehensive licensing reform.
HB 64
Not Rated
Funeral home and chapel; prohibit Board of Funeral Service from regulating size of. Dead
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HB 83
Not Rated
Mississippi Smoke-free Air Act of 2019; create. Dead
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HB 112
Not Rated
Child care facilities; exempt church owned and operated facilities from licensure. Dead
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HB 114
Not Rated
Reports of suspected abuse; require persons who make to Child Protection Services and DHS to give their name and contact information. Dead
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HB 122
Not Rated
Medical marijuana; authorize Alcorn State University to enter memoranda of understanding for local farmers to grow for out-of-state vendors. Dead
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HB 128
Not Rated
Pharmacies; reduce time period covered by audit of claims submitted by to PBMs. Dead
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HB 164
Not Rated
Medical records; persons seeking disability benefits may obtain at no charge until final determination of disability. Dead
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HB 185
Not Rated
Health and human services agencies; require to prepare videos with certain information for benefit recipients and others. Dead
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HB 186
Not Rated
Nursing education; unspent TANF funds shall be spent to pay expenses of persons enrolled as part of workforce training. Dead
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HB 189
Not Rated
CON; authorize for nursing home in Jones County. Dead
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HB 193
Not Rated
Mississippi Comprehensive Teen Pregnancy Prevention Act; create. Dead
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HB 194
Not Rated
TANF and Medicaid; require teenage recipients of to participate in programs about birth control, abstinence and parenting. Dead
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HB 205
Not Rated
Public assistance; require fathers of children receiving to participate in DHS Responsible Fatherhood Initiative program. Dead
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HB 216
Not Rated
Child care; DHS transfer to CCDF $40 million of unspent TANF funds from prior fiscal year. Dead
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HB 231
Not Rated
CON; remove end-stage renal disease facilities from application of law. Dead
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HB 234
Not Rated
Advanced practice registered nurses; revise certain provisions relating to and delete requirement to practice in collaborative relationship. Dead
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HB 239
Not Rated
Health; State Health Officer shall develop program to close the gap in health status of gender and racial groups. Dead
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HB 247
Not Rated
Chronic Diseases; direct Health Department to establish WISEWOMAN and WISEMAN programs to reduce incidence of. Dead
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HB 252
Not Rated
Smoking; prohibit in motor vehicle with child passenger under age six. Dead
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HB 253
Not Rated
Mississippi Eyes on Smiling Students Health Act; enact to require vision screening and oral health assessments for certain students. Dead
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HB 283
Not Rated
Prohibition on Price Gouging for Essential Drugs Act; create. Dead
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HB 284
Not Rated
'Mobile Personal Hygiene Pilot Program Act of 2019'; create and authorize JSU to administer. Dead
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HB 300
Not Rated
Mississippi Special Needs Housing Steering Council; create. Dead
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HB 317
Not Rated
Health insurance policies; require coverage for certain obesity treatments. Dead
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HB 334
Good Policy
Mental health courts; authorize to be established throughout the state. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to reduce the unintended consequences of harsh punishments on people with mental illness. This bill seeks to rehabilitate rather than incarcerate people with mental illnesses by reducing their potential punishment with rehabilitation.
HB 372
Not Rated
Milk products; exempt owners of certain milk producing animals from regulation when used for personal milk consumption. Dead
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HB 376
Not Rated
Cosmetology; board shall issue license by reciprocity to persons who present certain documentation. Dead
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HB 378
Not Rated
Emergency Medical Technicians; authorize to carry firearms while in performance of duties. Dead
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HB 384
Not Rated
Hospitals; require to examine persons at ER with sickle cell disease symptoms within four hours after admission. Dead
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HB 394
Not Rated
Hospital records; delete provision requiring notice before retiring X-ray film or graphic data. Dead
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HB 454
Not Rated
Breast-feeding; revise and strengthen statutes supporting and promoting. Dead
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HB 460
Not Rated
Sexual Assault Victims' DNA Bill of Rights; create. Dead
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HB 468
Not Rated
Oxycontin pills; limit RX to 75 pills per RX unless patient is hospitalized or in nursing home. Dead
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HB 479
Not Rated
Mississippi Adult Health and Privacy Act; create. Dead
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HB 494
Not Rated
Personal care homes; require licensure and regulation of those providing living arrangements for one or more persons. Dead
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HB 510
Not Rated
Dental hygienists; authorize to provide services to patients under the general supervision of dentists under certain conditions. Dead
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HB 517
Not Rated
Volunteer dentists; provide immunity from liability for services provided by. Dead
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HB 518
Not Rated
Mississippi Access to Health Care and Patient Choice Act; create. Dead
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HB 520
Not Rated
Mississippi Access to Health Care Act; create. Dead
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HB 533
Not Rated
CON; issue for additional nursing home beds at county-owned hospital in Tippah County. Dead
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HB 542
Not Rated
Contraceptives; require insurers, Medicaid and the State Health Plan to cover without cost sharing. Dead
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HB 543
Not Rated
Nurse-Family Partnership Pilot Program; require to be established and funded through TANF funds. Dead
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HB 556
Not Rated
Country of Origin Labels; clarify labeling of covered commodities. Dead
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HB 557
Not Rated
Funeral services; require payment for before body may be transferred from one funeral home to another. Dead
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HB 560
Not Rated
Voluntary Nonopioid Directive Form; create and require certain nonopioid options for pain. Dead
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HB 573
Not Rated
Newborn screening program; include spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in those conditions covered in. Dead
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HB 577
Not Rated
Nursing homes; allow resident or resident's kin or guardian to monitor resident's room with electronic device. Dead
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HB 583
Not Rated
Suspected human anatomical material; require transport of to State Medical Examiner for analysis and identification. Dead
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HB 584
Bad Policy
MS Qualified Health Center Grant Program; extend authority to make grants under. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to solve the problems of increasingly higher healthcare costs by leaving residents dependent on a decreasing revenue stream of taxes. The State should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations on healthcare, not limit contracts and willing business opportunities through licensing, regulations, and taxation.
HB 611
Not Rated
Honey; revise inspection exemption from Department of Health for those selling less than certain amount. Dead
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HB 621
Not Rated
Stem Cells; prohibit use of in research or therapy if derived from human embryo or fetus that was destroyed. Dead
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HB 624
Not Rated
Child Protection Services; information about clients is confidential and unauthorized disclosure is subject to penalties. Dead
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HB 645
Not Rated
Emergency medical technicians; revise definition of EMT-advanced. Dead
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HB 714
Good Policy
Department of Human Services & Department of Child Protection Services; extend repealers on exemptions from certain state agency regulations. Alive
Analysis: This bill extends repealers on additional regulations on information technology for DHS and CPS. The purpose is to protect sensitive personal information.
HB 732
Good Policy
Abortion; prohibit when heartbeat is detected. Dead
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HB 734
Not Rated
Mississippi Eyes on Smiling Students Health Act; enact to require vision screening and oral health assessments for certain students. Dead
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HB 746
Not Rated
Crisis intervention centers; require to establish one in Hinds County, and direct Legislature to fully fund all centers. Dead
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HB 748
Not Rated
Practice of medicine or dentistry; allow person convicted of certain crimes to practice after license reinstatement. Dead
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HB 767
Not Rated
Autopsies; require to include inquiry about whether death was result of seizure or epilepsy. Dead
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HB 798
Good Policy
Physician Assistants; delete repealer on authority for issuance of temporary license to applicants in master's degree program. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the number of licensed physicians assistants by extending a repealer so that people in a masters program can use a temporary license.
HB 802
Not Rated
Mississippi Department of Human Services; extend repealers on. Dead
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HB 803
Not Rated
Health Information Technology Act (MS-HIN); extend repealer on. Dead
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HB 809
Not Rated
Burn care lien for qualifying providers; extend repealer on statutes establishing. Dead
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HB 846
Not Rated
Abortion facilities; prohibit selling stem cells derived from human embryo or fetus that was destroyed. Dead
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HB 860
Not Rated
Long-term care facilities; require residents of certain to obtain a preneed contract within 6 months after admission. Dead
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HB 876
Not Rated
Mentally ill patient/inmate who escapes a facility; require public to be notified of mental health status. Dead
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HB 877
Not Rated
Circuit and county courts; authorize to obtain certain mental health records for bond/sentencing hearings. Dead
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HB 912
Not Rated
CON; provide for exception to home health agency moratorium for certain hospice licensees. Dead
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HB 928
Not Rated
Medicaid; require Governor and Division of Medicaid to negotiate to obtain federal waiver to expand Medicaid coverage. Dead
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HB 976
Not Rated
Interchangeable biological products; allow pharmacists to make product selection of in same manner as generic drugs. Dead
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HB 977
Good Policy
Nonresident physicians; allow athletic team physicians to provide treatment to players at sporting events in MS. Alive
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HB 1048
Good Policy
Hemodialysis technicians; provide for registration under State Board of Health. Alive
Analysis: This bill changes the authority to grant licenses from the State Board of Nursing to the State Board of Health. The State should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations on healthcare, not restrict access to healthcare providers.
HB 1049
Not Rated
Physical therapists; not required to have prior work experience to work at PPEC center. Dead
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HB 1061
Not Rated
Abortion; provide that inducing or performing is unlawful. Dead
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HB 1073
Not Rated
Opiod drugs; prescriber shall discuss with patient before prescribing, the risks of the drugs and available alternatives. Dead
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HB 1082
Not Rated
Community hospitals; change time of referendum or proposed sale of by the owner. Dead
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HB 1083
Not Rated
MS Department of Child Protection Services; require to submit reports. Dead
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HB 1089
Not Rated
2019 Women's Economic Security Act; create. Dead
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HB 1093
Not Rated
Funeral homes; revise various provisions relating to disposition of bodies, crematories and preneed contracts. Dead
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HB 1119
Not Rated
State Board of Medical Licensure; revise composition of. Dead
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HB 1120
Not Rated
Medical Practice Act; revise various provisions of. Dead
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HB 1147
Good Policy
Department of Human Services; extend repealers on certain sections relating to. Alive
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HB 1174
Not Rated
DHS; require to fully fund CCDF state matching requirements each year to maximize federal CCDF funds. Dead
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HB 1175
Not Rated
DHS; shall not require cooperation with child support enforcement to receive federal CCDF assistance. Dead
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HB 1186
Not Rated
Neurobiological disorders; certain boards adopt regulations to require exams of persons with symptoms to determine if cause is medical. Dead
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HB 1191
Not Rated
Tanning facilities; prohibit use by persons under 18 years old. Dead
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HB 1199
Not Rated
Board of Funeral Services; require to adopt rules establishing criteria for continuing education. Dead
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HB 1201
Not Rated
CON; issue to Mastercare, Inc. for nursing home in Hinds or Copiah County for geriatric inmates. Dead
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HB 1206
Good Policy
Vending machines and micro markets; exempt from regulation by Department of Agriculture and State Board of Health. Alive
Analysis: This bill defines and exempts vending machines and micro markets from additional regulations. This decreases the price for food sold by said vendors.
HB 1215
Not Rated
Health benefit plans; require those that may result in excess cost sharing for covered prescription drugs to disclose such to enrollees. Dead
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HB 1225
Not Rated
Pharmacy Board; authorize to create computerized program to track drugs shipped into the state. Dead
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HB 1226
Bad Policy
Pharmacy Board; authorize to conduct criminal background checks on wholesale distributors. Alive
Analysis: The state should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations on healthcare, not subject employment to the conditional approval of the state. Criminals should be in prison already. When consumers decide which businesses will succeed or fail, the resulting profit motive will greatly reduce bad business practices and reward those who put the safety of their patients first.
HB 1235
Not Rated
Unclaimed dead bodies; coroner shall cause to be entrusted to funeral homes in county on a rotation basis. Dead
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HB 1274
Not Rated
Funeral directing; issue license for to persons who meet certain criteria and apply within 30 days. Dead
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HB 1299
Not Rated
Adult day care facilities; provide for licensure by State Department of Health. Dead
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HB 1305
Not Rated
License professional counselors; revise qualifications for eligibility to sit for licensure exam. Dead
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HB 1313
Neutral
Emergency medical technicians; revise definition of EMT-advanced. Alive
Analysis: This bill changes the regulatory framework to remove the specifications for an emergency medical technician- advanced. It is not clear whether this decreases or increases regulations.
HB 1314
Not Rated
State Medical Examiners; expand duties related to mass fatality incident. Dead
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HB 1318
Not Rated
Emergency medical services provider; include fire stations and ambulances in definition under Baby Drop-off Law. Dead
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HB 1322
Bad Policy
Eye examinations; require SBE to recommend for first grade students whose initial screening indicates need for comprehensive. Alive
Analysis: The purpose of this bill is to force all children to see an eye doctor unless the parents request the person in charge of the school to opt out. The state should reduce costly regulatory burdens on healthcare, not create additional costs on parents or insurance providers.
HB 1332
Not Rated
Medical Practice Act; bring forward sections on license suspension for purposes of amendment. Dead
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HB 1360
Not Rated
DHS; prohibit from permanently disqualifying persons from TANF or SNAP benefits because of felony conviction. Dead
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HB 1371
Not Rated
Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act of 2019; create. Dead
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HB 1384
Not Rated
Child care centers; create a Statewide Quality Framework for and provide for designation as standard or comprehensive. Dead
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HB 1401
Not Rated
Sex education curriculum; revise program to require comprehensive, medically accurate, age and developmentally appropriate material. Dead
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HB 1414
Not Rated
Commitment proceedings; expand types of professionals authorized to conduct screenings and evaluations in. Dead
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HB 1434
Not Rated
Opioid drugs; prescriber shall discuss with patient before prescribing, the risks of the drugs and available alternatives. Dead
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HB 1457
Not Rated
State Board of Dental Examiners; bring forward section providing powers and duties of. Dead
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HB 1460
Good Policy
Hospice; allow medical directors to prescribe controlled substances for pain for terminally ill patients without in person visit. Dead
Analysis: This bill allows the experts to do their job in prescribing medication for terminally ill patients who are in pain.
HB 1479
Not Rated
Family dynamics; include in public school curriculum as a required component. Dead
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HB 1491
Not Rated
Volunteer Health Care Services Act; create. Dead
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HB 1492
Not Rated
Wheelchair restraint; regulate use of in a nursing home, hospital, medical provider or medical facility. Dead
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HB 1519
Good Policy
Nurses; authorize Board of Nursing to establish an alternative to discipline program for licensees with certain impairment. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to retain licensed nurses with drug or mental health problems by having them going through an alternative disciplinary program not more than once every five years. The purpose is for rehabilitation.
HB 1537
Not Rated
ADHD medications; provider must have second opinion and provide information to parents before prescribing. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1546
Bad Policy
Alcohol and drug treatment and mental health treatment; revise process for initiating commitment for. Dead
Analysis: This bill allows for the involuntary treatment of someone who is alleged to be a drug addict by the filing an affidavit in a chancery court. Crimes should be punishable by law, not vices.
HB 1675
Not Rated
Cigarettes; increase excise tax on. Dead
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HC 81
Not Rated
Suspend deadlines for further consideration of House Bill 1371; Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act of 2019; create. Dead
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SB 2012
Bad Policy
Lien for burn care; delete repeal clause. Alive
Analysis: This bill deletes a repealer. This bill allows for burn care hospitals to put liens against the causes of burns without necessarily affording due process.
SB 2048
Good Policy
Child abuse; require CPS to notify applicable military installation family advocacy program in certain cases. Dead
Analysis: This bill requires Department of Child Protection Services to notify the applicable military installation family advocacy program of a report of child abuse or neglect if the accused is on Active Duty.
SB 2116
Good Policy
Abortion; prohibit an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2130
Good Policy
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services; change statutory references. Dead
Analysis: This bill updates language in relation to the MDCPS.
SB 2196
Bad Policy
Mississippi Foster Care Fund; provide an additional assessment on drug/alcohol violations for foster care programs. Alive
Analysis: This bill authorizes state to create the Mississippi Foster Care Fund, to be administered by the Attorney General. The fund allows taxes to be invested to accrue interest which puts it at risk of losing the principle investment. The state should use taxes to fund programs and should reduce taxes and regulations so that the private sector can fund these types of programs.
SB 2365
Good Policy
Pharmacy Practice Act; define biological/interchangeable product. Alive
Analysis: This bill defines biological product in relation to pharmacies. The purpose is to expand the availability of medicine by allowing products biologically similar to medicines which would already by prescribed.
SB 2427
Bad Policy
Mississippi Health Information Network (MS-HIN); extend repealer. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to extend a repealer on the MS Health Information Network. This duplicates services found in the free market while using additional taxes for funding. The state should enforce contracts and rights, not limit economic activity through regulation, taxes, and fees.
SB 2462
Good Policy
Baby Drop-off Law; revise certain definitions. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to help children of parents who are unable or unwilling to raise their child. The bill raises the age that babies can be dropped off without legal consequences from 72 hours old to 7 days old. This is intended to be a preferable option to abortion.
SB 2524
Good Policy
Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Residency Program; include psychiatry students. Alive
Analysis: This bill extends the scholarship to includes residents in psychiatry. While the State should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations on healthcare, to the extent that the state does offer tax funded scholarships, those scholarships should be open to all fields of medicine.
SB 2766
Good Policy
State Board of Cosmetology; may administer student tests. Alive
Analysis: The State Board of Cosmetology shall terminate its student testing contract with proper notice and shall be authorized to administer and monitor examinations for cosmetologists, estheticians, manicurists and instructors. This should decrease costs.
SB 2847
Bad Policy
Tanning facility regulation; prohibit use by anyone under 18 years of age. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to prohibit children from using tanning facilities. The state should enforce rights, not police the nonviolent actions of children.
SB 2858
Not Rated
Sale of community hospital by owner; revise procedure for referendum by the electors prior to any bid or agreement. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2892
Good Policy
Community hospitals; revise provisions regarding service area and proposed sale of. Alive
Analysis: This bill expands the healthcare and business opportunities of community hospitals by allowing them to take care of patients in counties are parishes which border the county.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed