Here’s a glance at the status of selected bills in the Mississippi Legislature. Tuesday was the deadline for House and Senate committees to act on general bills filed in their own chamber. There are separate deadlines for budget and revenue bills.
ABORTION DRUGS — Senate Bill 2795 says that only a physician may prescribe an abortion-inducing drug and it would require a physician to set a follow-up visit for a patient 14 days after the drug is administered.
CHARTER SCHOOLS — House Bill 369 and Senate Bill 2189 would broaden the legal authority to create charter schools in Mississippi and set up a new board to oversee such schools. Charter schools are public schools that agree to meet certain standards in exchange for freedom from regulations.
SOVEREIGNTY — House Bill 490 would’ve established a Joint Legislative Committee on the Neutralization of Federal Law. Its sponsors, Republican Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith, both of Columbus, said the bill was designed to ensure state sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Opponents said the bill was unconstitutional because federal law trumps state law.
ABORTION-HEARTBEAT –House Bill 6 would’ve outlawed abortion once a fetal heartbeat could be detected.
HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRIDS — House Bill 819, the “Protection of the Human Person Act,” would’ve banned the creation of any human-animal hybrid through the use of in vitro fertilization.