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Legislative Update, March 29, 2011

Special Education:

Senate Bill 2433

The procedural safeguards rights of parents who have children receiving special education services as stated in IDEA 2004.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SB/SB2433.xml

Senate Conferees Named: Carmichael, Burton, Blount

House Conferees Named: Brown, Broomfield,Gardner

S) Conference Report Filed

03/27 (H) Conference Report Filed

03/28 (H) Conference Report Adopted

03/28 (S) Conference Report Adopted

Conference Report

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2011/pdf/cr/SB2433CR.pdf

Senate Bill 2362

Students with disabilities; revise civil action time limitation.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SB/SB2362.xml

Approved by Governor

House Bill 1144

Exceptional children requiring inpatient care; clarify eligibility to receive both state and federal funding. http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB1144.xml

House Conferees Named: Brown, Myers,  Whittington

Senate Conferees Named: Carmichael, McDaniel, Davis

(S) Conference Report Filed

03/27 (H) Conference Report Filed

03/28 (H) Conference Report Adopted

03/29 (S) Conference Report Adopted

Conference Report

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2011/pdf/cr/HB1144CR.pdf

House Bill 1177

Joint Education and Mental Health Study Committee; create to study services provided to children with mental disorders. http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB1177.xml

House Conferees Named:  Brown, Clarke, Holland

Senate Conferees Named: Carmichael,Bryan,Harden

03/28 (H) Conference Report Filed

03/28 (S) Conference Report Filed

03/29 (S) Conference Report Adopted

Conference Report

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2011/pdf/cr/HB1177CR.pdf
Senate Bill 2836

Mississippi Mental Health Reform Act of 2011″; enact.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SB/SB2836.xml

Conference Report Filed

Conference Report Filed

Conference Report Adopted

Conference Report Adopted

Conference Report

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2011/pdf/cr/SB2836CR.pdf

Senate Concurrent Resolution 557

Designate “Mississippi Disability Week.”

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SC/SC0557.xml

Sent to the Governor to sign

Public Meetings and Records

Senate Bill 2554

“Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act”; define data to be maintained on searchable Web site.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SB/SB2554.xml

Senate Conferees Named: Brown,Clarke,Collins

House Conferees Named: Stringer,Brown, Dedeaux

(S) Conference Report Filed

Conference Report Filed

Conference Report Adopted

Conference Report Adopted

Conference Report

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2011/pdf/cr/SB2554CR.pdf
Special Olympics Mississippi Team; commend achievements of and extend wishes for success at Special Olympic World Summer Games.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HR/HR0092.xml

Adopted

Legislative Update, February 25, 2011

Special Education:
Senate Bill 2433

Senate Bill 2433 is a bill which would diminish the procedural safeguards rights of parents who have children receiving special education services as stated in IDEA 2004. (We do not support this bill unless it is amended with language from IDEA)

Referred to House Education Committee

We have learned Rep. Cecil Brown will make the changes to reflect the language in IDEA.

Autism:
House Bill 1125

MS Autism Advisory Committee; create to study how to best educate and train individual with autism or ASD.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB1125.xml

Action Needed:

passed Senate Education Committee. #23 on Senate general calendar

Please contact your Senator and ask him/her to support this bill.

Mental Health Issues:
House Bill 1143

Exceptional children in inpatient facilities; use local school district’s state and federal funding for.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/PDF/history/HB/HB1143.xml

Passed the House

Transmitted to the Senate

Referred To Education;Appropriations
Action Needed:

Please contact Senator Videt Carmichael and ask him to support this bill.
Office (601) 359-3244
Fax (601) 359-9210
vcarmichael@senate.ms.gov

Please contact Senator Doug Davis and ask him to support this bill.
(601) 359-3250
Fax (601) 359-5110
ddavis@senate.ms.gov

House Bill 1144

Exceptional children requiring inpatient care; clarify eligibility to receive both state and federal funding.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB1144.xml

Passed the House

passed Senate Education Committee and referred to Senate Appropriations Committee

Action Needed:

Please contact Senator Doug Davis and ask him to support this bill.
(601) 359-3250
Fax (601) 359-5110
ddavis@senate.ms.gov

House Bill 1177

Joint Education and Mental Health Study Committee; create to study services provided to children with mental disorders.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB1177.xml

Transmitted to the Senate

Passed Senate Education; referred to Public Health and Welfare

Action Needed:

Please contact Senator Hob Bryan and ask him to support this bill.
(601)359-3234

House Bill 1277

Mental Health Reform Act; enact.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB1277.xml

Transmitted to the Senate

Referred To Public Health and Welfare; Appropriations

Action Needed:

Please contact Senator Hob Bryan and ask him to support this bill.

(601)359-3234

Please contact Senator Doug Davis and ask him to support this bill.
(601) 359-3250
Fax (601) 359-5110
ddavis@senate.ms.gov

Senate Bill 2836

Mississippi Mental Health Reform Act of 2011; enact.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SB/SB2836.xml

Transmitted to the House

passed Public Health and Human Services; Referred To Appropriations
Action Needed:

Please contact Rep. Johnny Stringer and ask him to support this bill.
(601) 359-3340
jstringer@house.ms.gov

Medicaid

House Bill 777

Medicaid; hearings on eligibility claims will be held in person unless claimant request hearing by telephone.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB0777.xml

Passed the House

Referred to Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee

Action Needed:

Please contact Senator Hob Bryan and ask him to support this bill.
(601)359-3234

House Bill 1359

Medicaid; redetermination of eligibility for shall be available by mail, and prohibit face-to-face requirement.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB1359.xml

Referred to Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee and Appropriations

Action Needed:

Please contact Senator Hob Bryan and ask him to support this bill.
(601)359-3234

Please contact Senator Doug Davis and ask him to support this bill.
(601) 359-3250
Fax (601) 359-5110
ddavis@senate.ms.gov

Senate Concurrent Resolution 557

Designate “Mississippi Disability Week.”

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SC/SC0557.xml

Passed the Senate and house

Sent to the Governor to sign

Public Meetings and Records

House Bill 314

“MEETINGS ACCOUNTABILITY ACT”; TO REVISE THE PENALTY THAT MAY BE IMPOSED FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE OPEN MEETINGS ACT; TO REVISE THE PENALTY THAT MAY BE IMPOSED UNDER THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/HB/HB0314.xml

Passed House

Referred to Senate Ethics and Judiciary B Committees

SENATE BILL 2289

Revises the penalty that may be imposed for violations of the open meetings act and revises the penalty that may be imposed under the public records act

Approved by Governor

Senate Bill 2554

“Mississippi Accountability and Transparency Act”; define data to be maintained on searchable Web site.

http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SB/SB2554.xml

Passed Senate

Referred to House Appropriations Committee

Action Needed:

Please contact Rep. Johnny Stringer and ask him to support this bill.
(601) 359-3340
jstringer@house.ms.gov

Senate Bill 2578

Income tax credit; authorize for taxpayers who maintain, support and care for a dependent with a diagnosis of developmental disability
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2011/pdf/history/SB/SB2578.xml

Referred to Senate Finance Committee

Died in Committee

Senate Bill 2055

Which requires providers of assistance to complete a declaration of voter assistance form – Passed in the Senate (37 Yeas to 14 Nays) on Feb. 8th. The bill has been transmitted to the House.

(H) Referred To Apportionment and Elections

Action Needed:

Please contact Rep. Tommy Reynolds and ask him to Kill this bill.
(601) 359-3369
treynolds@house.ms.gov

Senate Bill 2058

Which clarifies that curbside voting is only authorized on the day of the election – Passed in the Senate (45 Yeas to 6 Nays) on Feb. 8th and has been transmitted to the House.

(Thanks to the Senators who voted NO.)

(H) Referred To Apportionment and Elections

Action Needed:

Please contact Rep. Tommy Reynolds and ask him to oppose this bill.
(601) 359-3369
treynolds@house.ms.gov