PERRY/Republicans deliver in Legislature

Conservatives did not get everything they wanted this legislative session, but they got a lot. The Republican controlled House of Representatives led by Speaker Phillip Gunn, and the Senate under Republican Tate Reeves, achieved significant legislative victories.

The Child Protection Act which requires reporting of a sex crime against a minor (including DNA evidence from an abortion conducted on a child less than 14 years of age to determine the father) passed – an achievement on the agendas of Gunn, Reeves and Republican Governor Phil Bryant. In the battles between employers and lawyers, reminiscent of the tort reform struggle, major workers compensation reform was passed and (at column deadline) Attorney General Sunshine reform seemed imminent.