YP – Back to Business liability legislation gains legs in the Senate

The Mississippi Senate Judiciary A Committee passed the Back to Business Liability Assurance Act in committee this morning. The bill is part of HCR 69 resolution to allow measures related to COVID-19 to be brought up this late in the session.

“This is intended to provide protections except in those instances where there are ‘bad actors,’” said Chairman Sen. Sally Doty (R). “At the beginning of this thing nobody really knew what to do. This will provide some additional protection to our essential businesses that had to stay open.”

YP – Whether this session or next, Legislative Black Caucus calls for Legislature to change flag

“As the only state that still incorporates the Confederate Battle symbol it is the time of the state of Mississippi to shift and embrace fairness and change. The position of the legislative black caucus is that it is our time, it is past time for the current flag to be changed,” said Sen. Angela Turner-Ford.

When it comes to how the flag should be changed, all members of these groups agree, it should not go to a ballot vote in November, but be left up to the Legislature before the end of the 2020 session.

In the event it is brought up for a vote this year and does not pass, Representative Robert Johnson said that they will come back in January and do it. He said he would rather risk a down vote in 2020 than not try at all.

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NEWSMS – Prohibition in Mississippi comes to an end with passage of HB 1087

The passage of HB 1087, which would take effect January 1, 2021, will lift the prohibition on alcohol across the state, even in dry counties.

“From and after January 1, 2021, prohibition is renounced as to the possession of alcoholic beverages. It shall thereafter be lawful to possess alcoholic beverages throughout the state,” the bill reads. 

Alcohol still can only be sold by those authorized by the state to do so. Counties will still be able to vote themselves out of the lifted prohibition.