Two bills authored by Boyd pass Senate

Randy Boyd

House Committees continued to labor on the Senate bills delivered last week. The deadline for House committees to pass Senate bills occurred Tuesday. Any Senate bills that did not make it out of these committees died. The rest of the week members vetted Senate bills on House floor. Both the House and Senate introduced bills regarding campaign finance this year. The Senate version, SB2689, included a grandfather clause that exempted campaign accounts created before the bill would go into effect. The House members compromised on this bill by inserting language for reporting to be done to Mississippi Ethics Commission and clarified situations in which campaign funds would not be allowed for use. The bill passed by102-12. SB2625 garnered a lot of discussion when introduced to the House floor this week. The bill simply makes a few technical corrections to legislation passed last year. The bill passed last year authorized a yearly sweep of the special funds of 15 state agencies into the state general fund. Agencies now have to ask for that money from the general fund instead of having it automatically allocated to them in special funds. Supporters say that this allows funding to be distributed to areas that need it and adds transparency in how money in special funds is being used. To prepare a true budget, you must know where all revenue is derived and how it is expensed. The vote was 84-33. A couple of items were added to previous legislation with the passage of SB2305, known as the “move over bill.” This legislation requires drivers to yield right-of-way to emergency vehicles. Now, mail carrier vehicles are on the list of public servants for which drivers must yield right-of- way. On Tuesday, Mississippi Blues musician Bobby Rush was honored for winning the first Grammy of his career at the 59th annual Grammy Awards for his album “Porcupine Meat.” Later in the week, legislators recognized Mississippi NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Miss Mississippi 2016 Laura Lee Lewis for their accomplishments. Two bills I authored have passed by vote on the Senate floor. HB263 is Antibullying legislation to strengthen the current law. Suicide prevention language has been added so the bill will go to conference. HB907 names highway 145 from Interstate 22 to the Tennessee state line as “Rockabilly Way”. Many of the early rock and roll artists were considered part of the “Rockabilly” sound performed in venues along Highway 145, such as: Johnny Cash, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Pray for God to guide us to make our state better. If you need to contact me, please call 662-231-0133 God bless.

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