COVID-19 changes pocedure vote

Randy Boyd

The deadline for House committees to report Senate bills occurred on Tuesday evening. This caused multiple meeting of many committees. Any Senate bills that did not make it out of committees died. Throughout the rest of the week, the House met to discuss bills that survived the deadline. The COVID19 virus has changed the procedures used to tally the votes on bills before of the House. Sometimes it has led to confusing requirements. So, it is not unimaginable that a vote is miss-cast. There were none that I can remember that passed by a narrow margin. One or two miss-casted votes would not have changed the outcome. It is more cumbersome that usual, but there have been no complaints about inaccuracy. Representatives passed over forty Senate bills, including the following: The Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020 (SB2123) was one of the most discussed bills on the floor this week. The bill would amend certain code sections regarding parole eligibility requirements. Proponents of the bill called it a step towards criminal justice reform in the state. The bill passed by a vote of 73-35 and has been returned to the Senate. SB2807 would establish a study committee to explore the advisability of creating the Mississippi Liquor Distribution Corporation. The exploratory committee would allow for greater planning before creating the corporation. SB 2807 passed by a bipartisan vote of 116-1 and has been returned to the Senate. The Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act (SB2725) would authorize the cultivation, processing and transportation of the hemp plant in Mississippi. The bill passed by a vote of 105-9. The House passed a similar bill earlier in the session (HB 1208). All Senate bills approved by the House will be sent back with changes to the Senate for concurrence or to invite conference. The deadline for general Senate bills to be passed out of the House is next Wednesday, June 17. Representatives also voted to concur on House Concurrent Resolution 69, which was initially passed by the House two weeks ago. HCR69 would extend the session in 30-day increments as necessary beginning July 10; Dec. 31 would be the latest possible day for sine die. The amended bill would allow the Legislature to take up coronavirus-related legislation without having to rely on a special session and end by October 10th. The House concurred in amendment by a bipartisan vote of 114-2. On Thursday morning, the House was visited by Meridian native Todd Tilghman, the most recent winner of NBC’s The Voice. HCR76 was introduced congratulating Tilghman on his victory and recognizing his positive representation of Mississippi. HC 74 passed unanimously by a vote of 116-0 and has been sent to the Senate.

Please remember to pray for us as we seek to do what is right. Contact me at 662-231-0133 or God bless, Randy.

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