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Legislative Wrap up; budget cuts and committees working hard

This Friday wraps up another week at the Capitol and deadlines for the House and Senate appropriations and revenue bills to be introduced and passed. 

What happened in the House: 

The House Appropriations Committee finished passing bill that dealt with budgets for the state. Most of that legislation came out of the House Ways and Means Committee.

House Bill 1731, the Mississippi Development Authority Bond Bill cave a detailed account of the amount of bond money that MDA programs will receive. Part of that bill gives money to the ACE Fund which provides grants for local economic development entities to help expand businesses. This bill was passed on the House Floor.

A bill that proposes $50 million in bonds be given to the Office of State Aid Road Construction was proposed. House Bill 1732 would give half the money to municipalities, while the other half would be given to counties to assist with repair, rehabilitation, or reconstruction of bridges.

House Bill 1734 was passed. It determines how much bond money would be given to state colleges, community colleges and state parts.

A state income tax credit could be introduced in the amount of 50 percent of the production cost of processing venison donated by hunters for the Mississippi Hunter’s Harvest Program. More information on House Bill 1598 can be found at mswildlife.org.

Committees have also begun meeting again, but this time they’re looking at Senate Bills. Over the next couple of weeks those bills will make their way out of House committees and onto the floor for discussion.

What happened in the Senate: 

The Senate was also working on similar bills concerning bond payments. This process will usually last until the end of the session until a decision is made.

House Bill 1459 made it to the floor of the Senate this week. It would authorize the Board of Supervisors of Coahoma County to execute the extension lease with Clarksdale and other healthcare-related facilities on county-owned real property. It has now been sent to the Governor.

A bill referring to the qualifications of selected superintendents is under review in the House Education Committee awaiting debate and referral to the floor.

SB2610 which would allow for the use of Cannabidoil in research of treatments for seizures and other medical conditions was referred to the House Public Health and Human Services Committee and was passed.

Not much action on the floor this week, but for a broader list of where the bills are for the Senate click HERE and for the House click HERE. 

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