Legislative Update Week of February 3rd

Update for February 3rd 2020

Administrators from Ellisville State School were at the Capitol discussing improved mental health services.

This was the fifth week of the 2020 Legislative Session. Floor action has been light because the deadline
to file general bills is still over a week away. Bills must be filed and then passed out of committee before
they are considered by the entire House. The deadline for the introduction of general bills and
constitutional amendments is Monday, February 17.

One bill that reached the House floor this week was House Bill 95. The bill would provide that the
Commissioner of Insurance shall resolve certain disputes between provider and the insured regarding
billing. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 111-4. The following day, the bill was held on a motion to
This week, the House voted unanimously to seat Hester Jackson McCray (D – DeSoto). McCray won the
District 40 election by 14 votes in November 2019. After her opponent contested the election results, a
House Special Committee voted unanimously last week to recommend that Representative McCray keep
her seat.

Visitors at the Capitol this week included Alcorn State University, the Mississippi Speech-Language
Hearing Association, the Mississippi School of Math and Science, the Mississippi Economic Development
Council, members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Mississippi Library Association and the
Mississippi Physical Therapy Association.

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