Public Health and Human Services

2020 Regular Session

Public Health and Human Services

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 6
Not Rated
Nurse-Family Partnership Pilot Program; require to be established and funded through TANF funds. Dead
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HB 11
Not Rated
CON; issue to Panola Medical Center for adult psychiatric beds. Dead
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HB 18
Bad Policy
National board certified school nurses; remove cap on number of eligible for annual salary supplement. Dead
Analysis: Currently only 35 public school nurses are eligible to receive a salary supplement at any given time. This bill would remove that cap, allowing all public school nurses to apply for and possibly receive this salary supplement. As every Mississippi citizen has a taxpayer burden of over $11,000 and the state is currently attempting to foot a $14 Billion bill with around $5.7 Billion of assets, the state of Mississippi is in no financial position to be entertaining salary supplements for state employees.
HB 41
Good Policy
CON; remove end-stage renal disease facilities from application of law. Dead
Analysis: This bill abolishes the requirement for end-stage renal disease facilities to apply for a Certificate of Need. While every sort of medical facility should be free to provide Mississippians with healthcare without government permission, this bill does lessen the hold the state government has over our state’s health services and in the process makes our state’s healthcare market more free, efficient and available to the citizens.
HB 55
Not Rated
Practice of medicine or dentistry; allow person convicted of certain crimes to practice after license reinstatement. Dead
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HB 79
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 80
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 92
Not Rated
Mental Health Treatment Facility; revise hearing and commitment procedures. Dead
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HB 94
Bad Policy
Center for Rural Health Innovation; establish to provide services and resources to rural hospitals. Alive
Analysis: This bill creates the Mississippi Center for Rural Health Innovation, which is to be an entity operating under the auspices of the State Department of Health. Ironically, this new government entity is tasked with solving a crisis that was brought on by government polices. This is a classic example of government creating an issue (the absence of rural hospitals in this case) and then spending resources to "solve" this problem through a brand new "commission" or "board" or in this case, "center." Certificate of Need Laws in addition with other arbitrary and freedom-threatening government mandates on the health care industry have driven up the cost of providing medical services in Mississippi and effectively priced rural Mississippi out of the healthcare market. Now, the state government wants to spend more taxpayer dollars to fund a "center" to solve this issue. This bill is government hypocrisy at its finest.
HB 96
Good Policy
Emergency medical services provider; include fire stations and ambulances in definition under Baby Drop-off Law. Alive
Analysis: This bill changes the definition of "emergency medical services provider" to included fire stations and ambulances that are staffed with full time firefighters or emergency medical personnel. This effectively adds fire stations and staffed ambulances to the list of authorized locations under the "baby drop-off" law. The purpose of this is to increase the number of authorized and monitored locations that a child 3 days or under can be left in order to avoid abandonment of these infants somewhere other than a monitored area.
HB 101
Not Rated
Mississippi Smoke-free Air Act of 2020; create. Dead
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HB 102
Not Rated
Health insurance policies; require coverage for certain obesity treatments. Dead
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HB 132
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 150
Good Policy
Dentists; provide immunity for providing charitable and emergency services. Alive
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HB 152
Not Rated
Rural Hospitals Capital Improvements Revolving Loan Program; establish. Dead
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HB 174
Not Rated
Disabilities, persons with; modernize terminology used to refer to. Dead
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HB 181
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 183
Not Rated
Licensed professional counselors; revise qualifications for licensure for applicants who meet certain requirements. Dead
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HB 184
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 187
Not Rated
Medical records; persons seeking disability benefits may obtain at no charge until final determination of disability. Dead
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HB 195
Not Rated
CON; provide for exception to home health agency moratorium for certain hospice licensees. Dead
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HB 197
Not Rated
Chronic Diseases; direct Health Department to establish WISEWOMAN and WISEMAN programs to reduce incidence of. Dead
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HB 209
Not Rated
Medical marijuana; authorize Alcorn State University to enter into MOU for local farmers to grow for out-of-state vendors. Dead
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HB 257
Not Rated
Mississippi Special Needs Housing Steering Council; create. Dead
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HB 267
Not Rated
School districts; require each school to have epinephrine auto-injectors and AEDs in every building and cafeteria. Dead
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HB 268
Not Rated
Public universities and colleges; require to have epinephrine auto-injectors and AEDs in every building on campus. Dead
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HB 275
Not Rated
'Child Safety Alarm Act'; enact to implement safeguards for children left unattended in vehicles. Dead
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HB 279
Not Rated
Prohibition on Price Gouging for Essential Drugs Act; create. Dead
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HB 343
Not Rated
Board of Nursing; remove physician member and consumer member from the board. Dead
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HB 345
Not Rated
State Fire Academy; authorize as a medical responder training program. Dead
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HB 370
Not Rated
Funeral services; require payment for before body may be transferred from one funeral home to another. Dead
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HB 380
Not Rated
Breast-feeding; revise and strengthen statutes supporting and promoting. Dead
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HB 392
Not Rated
Country of Origin Labels; clarify labeling of covered commodities. Dead
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HB 401
Not Rated
Medical Practice Act; bring forward sections on license suspension for purposes of amendment. Dead
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HB 414
Good Policy
Anatomical gifts; prohibit discrimination against recipient based on disability. Alive
Analysis: This bill makes it unlawful for a medical provider to give preference to someone without a disability over someone with one when performing organ transplants. There is no hierarchy when it comes to the value of human life. Medical service providers should not be in the business of measuring the worth of one life over the other, and then using that to decide who gets an organ transplant, and who doesn't. This bill protects the life of all of those on the organ transplant waiting list, and ensures that a truly fair and just process exists pertaining to life-saving organ transplants.
HB 454
Not Rated
CON; issue for comprehensive medical rehabilitation beds and services in Rankin County. Dead
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HB 457
Not Rated
Autopsies; require to include inquiry about whether death was result of seizure or epilepsy. Dead
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HB 471
Not Rated
Pharmacies; reduce time period covered by audit of claims submitted to pharmacy benefit managers. Dead
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HB 474
Not Rated
Health insurance carriers; require to cap patient cost for prescriptions for insulin drugs. Dead
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HB 504
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 505
Not Rated
Abortion facilities; prohibit selling stem cells derived from human embryo or fetus that was destroyed. Dead
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HB 506
Not Rated
Abortion; revise physician requirement to perform an ultrasound and explanation before performing. Dead
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HB 508
Not Rated
Funeral director assistants; authorize to perform all activities of funeral directors with certain exceptions. Dead
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HB 512
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 522
Not Rated
Anesthesiologist assistants; authorize licensure by the State Board of Medical Licensure. Dead
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HB 527
Good Policy
Cosmetology licensure laws; remove threading and applying and removing eyelash extensions from application of. Dead
Analysis: This bill exempts eyebrow threading from arbitrary government licensing. Occupational licensing is often unfair and only serves to decrease the competition present in the marketplace.
HB 528
Not Rated
SNAP benefit recipients; require certain to participated in an employment and training program. Dead
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HB 532
Not Rated
Prescription drugs; require Attorney General to compile certain lists of those essential for treating diabetes and costs of. Dead
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HB 568
Not Rated
Physical therapists; not required to have prior work experience to work at PPEC center. Dead
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HB 605
Good Policy
CON: delete moratorium on issuance of for home health agencies. Dead
Analysis: This bill removes the state moratorium for home health agencies included in our Certificate of Need laws. States will often place certain types of medical facilities or supplies on “moratoria”, meaning that the state will not consider any CON application for those facilities or supplies. Mississippi has the largest and most comprehensive list of moratoria in the United States. These moratoria effectively outlaw the further development and growth of our healthcare system in Mississippi. The elimination of arbitrary state moratoria on medical facilities would create a healthier business environment for medical providers and allow our state to see an improved quality of healthcare. This removal of one type of medical facility from state moratorium is a step in the right direction.
HB 606
Not Rated
Mississippi Access to Health Care Act; create. Dead
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HB 609
Bad Policy
Goat milk and goat milk products; remove from regulatory authority of the State Board/Department of Health. Dead
Analysis: This bill removes an explicit legal right to produce and sell goat's milk. Regulating the specific kinds of milk that citizens are allowed to consume or sell is not a legitimate function of government and is not a useful way to expend our tax dollars.
HB 613
Good Policy
Advanced practice registered nurses; revise certain provisions relating to, including collaboration requirement. Dead
Analysis: This bill revises state requirements for registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses, largely lessening their state requirements. The professionals in the medical industry know best how to operate their medical facilities and are liable to be more efficient without burdensome government regulations.
HB 619
Not Rated
Physical therapy practice laws; revise various provisions of. Dead
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HB 634
Not Rated
Families First Unpaid Leave Time Act; enact to require employers to provide unpaid leave to employees for certain situations. Dead
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HB 674
Not Rated
Institutions for the aged or infirm; allow electronic monitoring of residents room. Dead
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HB 675
Not Rated
Newborn screening program; include spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in those conditions covered in. Dead
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HB 680
Not Rated
Dept. of Human Services and Dept. of Child Protection Services; extend repealers on exemptions from certain agency regulations. Dead
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HB 686
Good Policy
Patient's Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act & prohibitions against deceptive advertising by providers; extend repealers on. Alive
Analysis: This bill continues the repeal of penalties included in the Patient's Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act. As it stands, all penalties under this act are repealed, this bill extends that repeal until 2023. Government penalties for improper advertising erode personal responsibility and heighten the role of government in our daily lives. Being an informed consumer of goods and services in the modern world with services like Yelp and others is not difficult and we do not need the state to belittle it's citizens with an act that acts as if citizens are simply not smart enough to make these decisions on their own. Arbitrary penalties for doctors and other medical professionals that may occasionally fail to meet the government's often rigorous advertising standards only serve to provide one more way government can take money from the small businesses in the medical field and use it to fund the next needless government expenditure.
HB 688
Good Policy
MS Pharmacy Practice Act; extend repealer on. Alive
Analysis: This bill extends the repeal of the stipulation that deceptive medical advertisements are grounds for license revocation. The state government has no business regulating medical advertisements and certainly has no business revoking occupational licenses on those grounds.
HB 692
Not Rated
State Board of Barber Examiners; extend repealer on. Dead
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HB 693
Not Rated
Infant Mortality Reduction Collaborative extend repealer on. Dead
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HB 708
Neutral
Pharmacy Benefit Prompt Pay Act; revise various provisions of. Alive
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HB 723
Not Rated
Tanning facilities; prohibit use by persons under 18 years old. Dead
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HB 742
Not Rated
Department of Health; prohibit from requiring fluoridation in water system. Dead
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HB 745
Not Rated
Palliative care; direct Health Department to study and make recommendations on how to increase the number of providers of. Dead
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HB 752
Good Policy
Freestanding emergency room; allow to be established near location of a recently closed hospital. Alive
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HB 760
Not Rated
Child care facilities; exempt church owned and operated facilities from licensure. Dead
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HB 777
Neutral
Counselors; revise certain provisions of licensing laws. Alive
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HB 781
Not Rated
Child care facilities; require licensing agency to disclose names of persons filing complaints against. Dead
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HB 800
Not Rated
Department of Health; limit any increase in fees by to not more than five percent. Dead
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HB 801
Not Rated
Department of Human Services; require a board of directors to be created within. Dead
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HB 825
Not Rated
Health insurance; require certain policies to provide coverage for physician-prescribed proton beam therapy. Dead
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HB 829
Not Rated
Prescription drugs; direct Health Department to establish a wholesale importation program for. Dead
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HB 832
Not Rated
Pseudoephedrine; require pharmacies to keep records of over the counter sales of. Dead
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HB 840
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 843
Not Rated
Funeral directing; issue license for to persons who meet certain criteria and apply within 30 days. Dead
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HB 849
Not Rated
Death certificates; time for filing with Office of Vital Records shall be within 7 business days after the death occurs. Dead
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HB 857
Not Rated
Nursing homes; authorize patients to be restrained upon written request of patient's representative. Dead
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HB 877
Not Rated
Nursing facilities; require initial assessment of patients by a physician within 10 days after admission. Dead
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HB 878
Not Rated
State agencies; prohibit disclosure of identifying information received from program applicants. Dead
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HB 893
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 896
Not Rated
CON; authorize for nursing home in Jones County. Dead
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HB 901
Not Rated
Mississippi Comprehensive Teen Pregnancy Prevention Act; create. Dead
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HB 902
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 914
Not Rated
Mississippi Adult Health and Privacy Act; create. Dead
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HB 947
Not Rated
Regional food banks; DHS establish grant program to provide annual grant funding to. Dead
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HB 950
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 956
Not Rated
State agencies; prohibit disclosure of identifying information received from program applicants. Dead
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HB 960
Not Rated
SNAP and TANF recipients; require those unemployed to take Test of Adult Basic Education. Dead
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HB 961
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 975
Not Rated
Breastfeeding professionals; provide for licensure of by State Department of Health. Dead
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HB 983
Bad Policy
Mississippi Board of Nursing;authorize to collect certain costs and establish procedure for collection. Alive
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HB 984
Neutral
Mississippi Board of Nursing; revise the notice required for special meeting of. Alive
Analysis: This bill removes the stipulation that written and mailed notices must be utilized to distribute meeting times for the Mississippi Board of Nursing. It also does away with the requirement that notices of meeting times must be made available at least 10 days prior to the meeting.
HB 985
Not Rated
Weight control programs; exempt from Mississippi Dietetics Practice Act. Dead
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HB 1001
Not Rated
Abortion; provide that inducing or performing is unlawful. Dead
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HB 1029
Not Rated
Mental Health Courts; clarify chancery court participation for certification of. Dead
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HB 1030
Not Rated
Child care facilities; require licensing agency to disclose names of persons filing complaints against. Dead
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HB 1048
Not Rated
Department of Health; limit any increase in fees by and revise who can be appointed to child care advisory council by state Health Officer. Dead
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HB 1049
Not Rated
Department of Human Services; require a board of directors to be created within. Dead
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HB 1059
Not Rated
Direct Primary Care Act; revise to Direct Health Care Act to apply to all health care providers. Dead
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HB 1060
Not Rated
School Immunization; authorize exemption from requirements for religous beliefs. Dead
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HB 1070
Not Rated
State option for healthcare coverage; direct Department of Health and Insurance Department to study and present proposal to Legislature. Dead
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HB 1076
Not Rated
Child Support; revise provisions regarding overdue payments and employer withholding. Dead
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HB 1082
Not Rated
Drug and alcohol treatment; require 30-day minimum in-patient treatment. Dead
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HB 1107
Not Rated
State Board of Dental Examiners; require to prescribe regulations requiring dentists to maintain professional liability and malpractice insurance. Dead
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HB 1160
Not Rated
Women's Economic Security Act of 2020; create. Dead
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HB 1172
Not Rated
Keys to Independence Program; establish. Dead
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HB 1181
Not Rated
Speech-language pathologist and audiologist; create board to license and regulate. Dead
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HB 1190
Not Rated
Optometry; bring forward sections for licensure and regulations of practice of. Dead
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HB 1194
Not Rated
IHL Board; dissolve and provide for independent university boards of trustees. Dead
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HB 1197
Not Rated
2020 Women's Economic Security Act; create. Dead
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HB 1202
Not Rated
Optometry; revise definition of practice of and bring forward optometry licensure statutes. Dead
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HB 1203
Not Rated
Optometry; State Board of Optometry shall define the practice of and not exclude certain procedures. Dead
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HB 1213
Not Rated
Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act of 2020; create. Dead
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HB 1214
Not Rated
Health care certificate of need law; repeal. Dead
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HB 1265
Not Rated
Pharmacists; authorize to test for and treat certain minor, nonchronic health conditions subject to certain requirements. Dead
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HB 1274
Not Rated
Department of Human Services Fraud Prevention Act; create. Dead
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HB 1292
Not Rated
MS Direct Primary Care Act; bring forward for possible amendment. Dead
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HB 1299
Not Rated
Single-use plastic straws; prohibit a food establishment from providing to a consumer unless requested by the consumer. Dead
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HB 1303
Not Rated
Perpetual care cemeteries; require owners to maintain cemetery premises and provide penalties for violations. Dead
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HB 1304
Not Rated
Autopsies; create 'Jenna's Law' to require autopsies to include inquiring about whether death was result of seizure or epilepsy. Dead
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HB 1319
Not Rated
SNAP recipients; not required to cooperate with child support enforcement to receive benefits. Dead
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HB 1320
Not Rated
TANF Funds; require Department of Human Services to submit report to Legislature if certain allocated funds are not used. Dead
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HB 1321
Not Rated
TANF recipients; establish program to provide wage subsidies to employers who hire. Dead
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HB 1322
Not Rated
TANF program; PEER Committee shall conduct an annual review of expenditures of TANF funds. Dead
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HB 1323
Not Rated
TANF; require Department of Human Services to allocate maximum amount allowable under federal law to child care services. Dead
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HB 1324
Not Rated
TANF; increase maximum monthly amount of benefits. Dead
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HB 1326
Not Rated
Public and private schools; require proper hand washing materials in all restrooms. Dead
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HB 1327
Not Rated
Public and private schools; require all employees to be tested annually for tuberculosis. Dead
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HB 1328
Not Rated
Comprehensive major medical health insurance policy; require certain insurers to make available to certain insureds. Dead
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HB 1338
Not Rated
Right to Try Act; bring forward sections for purposes of amendment. Dead
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HB 1339
Not Rated
CON laws; shall not apply in counties designated by MDA as a growth and prosperity county. Dead
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HB 1358
Not Rated
Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act; create. Dead
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HB 1365
Not Rated
Department of Child Protection Services; require to prepare and submit monthly financial report to the Legislature and the State Auditor. Dead
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HB 1374
Not Rated
Department of Human Services; require to prepare and submit monthly financial report to the Legislature and the State Auditor. Dead
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HB 1388
Not Rated
EMTs; authorize to deny service to nonemergency when needed for an emergency. Dead
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HB 1390
Not Rated
Baby Drop-off Law; revise age of children who may be dropped off. Dead
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HB 1403
Not Rated
DHS; shall not require cooperation with child support enforcement to receive federal CCDF assistance. Dead
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HB 1404
Not Rated
Funeral homes; revise various provisions relating to disposition of bodies, crematories and preneed contracts. Dead
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HB 1409
Not Rated
CON law: remove home health agencies and services from application of. Dead
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HB 1411
Not Rated
Mississippi Medical Marijuana Act of 2020; create. Dead
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HB 1446
Not Rated
Man's Right to Know Act; create to ensure that men experience safe and healthy elective procedures. Dead
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HB 1451
Not Rated
Civil Commitment; revise time for holding without a civil order or warrant. Dead
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HB 1473
Not Rated
Welfare Fraud Prevention Act; create. Dead
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HB 1481
Not Rated
'Diabetes Care for Mississippi Students Act'; create. Dead
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HB 1497
Not Rated
Autopsies; prohibit unauthorized disclosure or publishing of. Dead
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HB 1511
Not Rated
Mississippi Board of Human Services; create. Dead
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HB 1519
Not Rated
EMS Advisory Council; reconstitute the memberships of. Dead
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HB 1520
Good Policy
Hospice; allow medical directors to prescribe controlled substances for pain for terminally ill patients without in-person visit. Alive
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HB 1524
Not Rated
Dialysis facilities; nursing homes shall allow to provide mobile services on site to their patients. Dead
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HB 1543
Not Rated
DHS Fraud Investigation Unit; require director of and investigators to be law enforcement officers. Dead
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HB 1547
Neutral
Cremation; prohibit until approved by county medical examiner. Alive
Analysis: This bill prohibits the cremation of bodies until after the county medical examiner has investigated the cause and manner of the death.
HB 1548
Not Rated
Restaurants; authorize to allow pet dogs to be present under certain conditions. Dead
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HB 1558
Not Rated
Department of Child Protection Services; require search for relatives of child taken into custody and establish placement preferences. Dead
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SB 2049
Not Rated
Baby Drop-off Law; revise certain definitions. Alive
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SB 2307
Not Rated
State Board of Barber Examiners; extend repealer on. Alive
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SB 2610
Not Rated
Coordinator of Mental Health Accessibility; establish. Alive
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SB 2810
Not Rated
Medical records requests; require timely response to patients. Alive
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SB 2830
Not Rated
Right-to-Try Act; revise definitions to include traumatic injury and adult autologous mesenchymal stem cell. Alive
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KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed