Thursday, February 10, 2011
Report from the MS Senate
Senate passes bill to ban texting while driving
Last week in the Mississippi Senate, we passed Senate Bill 2301, The Mississippi Strategic Planning and Performance Budget System Act of 2011. The bill is designed to make agencies more accountable for how they spend their budgets and will have them to justify expenditures.
A number of education bills also cleared the floor, including Senate Bill 2392 that sets out stiff administrative consequences for teachers and other school personnel who engage in inappropriate behavior with students.
Another measure that helps schools, Senate Bill 2511 will allow school boards to auction the popular 16th Section hunting leases in an effort to raise more funds.
Senate Bill 2793 was passed that will ban text messaging by drivers. It is expected the bill will undergo changes once it is placed in committee where senators and representatives will work to refine it.
All bills passed must next go to the House of Representatives for their approval.
Other bills passed include – Senate Bill 2516 provides enhanced criminal penalties against persons who intentionally hurt expectant mothers resulting in injuries or death to the unborn child. The bill states that life within the mother begins at conception. Senate Bill 2469 will increase the areas in which concealed weapons can be carried by holders of concealed carry permits. Senate Bill 2530 will allow deer breeding farms to be established throughout the state as a means of increasing revenue for landowners. Senate Bill 3289 will require homeschooled students to be tested for grade assignment before being placed into the public school system. Senate Bill 2152 would ensure that anyone receiving public assistance must be a legal citizen of the United States. Senate Bill 2192 seeks to require flashing safety lights on trucks hauling timber when the load extends a certain length beyond the rear of the trailer. Senate Bill 2450 seeks to have the state’s organic certification program mirror that of the USDA National Organic Program.
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