Bill to open SRHS, others to scrutiny in danger in Mississippi House

The Mississippi Hospital Association for the second year in a row is on the verge of killing a bill that would open the Singing River Health System and other public hospital boards to more scrutiny.

If the state House Public Health and Human Services committee doesn’t send the bill to the House by the end of the day Tuesday, it will die, said Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, the bill’s chief author.

It passed the Senate on Feb. 21 on a 51-0 vote.

Wiggins said committee Chairman Sam Mims, R-McComb, told him he hasn’t decided if he will call a meeting to deal with the bill…

…”Hospitals in Mississippi support the Open Meetings Act with exemptions for public hospitals,” said Hospital Association President and CEO Tim Moore in an email.