How many times since Katrina have you said, there ought to be a law and gone on to explain? Plenty, I’m certain if you live in one of Mississippi’s three coastal counties.
This is your chance. The 2009 session of the Mississippi Legislature is heading toward its first major deadline. According to the Timetable published on the Website for the Mississippi Legislature, next Tuesday, February 3rd, is the deadline for Committees of the House and Senate to pass bills that were introduced in each Chamber. In other words, bills introduced in the House must pass the appropriate House Committees and Senate Committees, likewise, must pass bills introduced there.
Bills are listed in a three-column format:
- Left Column: Bill number linked to the the text of the bill as introduced.
- Center Column: Short-title with date introduced and Committee assignment(s) below linked to a history of the legislation.
- Right Column: Primary author/co-author
Click on the links for Senator Baria’s Policyholder Bill of Rights so you’ll know what to expect when reading other bills:
When you click on “Baria” you will see a listing of the legislation he has authored or co-authored thus far during the Session. In the upper right corner below the member’s name is a link to the author’s biography, Senator Baria in this example, including occupation and contact information.
Several of the insurance bills are “double referred” meaning they were assigned to two Committees and must pass both by next Tuesday. Review the lists naming Senate Committees and members and House Committees and members and find the appropriate Committee.
If you want to find the Committees your Senator or Representative is serving on, look for his or her name on the list of the Members of the House of Representatives with linked biography or Members of the Senate with linked biography.
Daily Action Reports Exactly what its name implies
Bill Status (MS) Again, exactly what the name implies – but with lots of search options including Select a Measure. Type in the bill number of the bill you are tracking and you’ll be linked to the current history – typing the Code section will work as well, but it’s a little early for that to be helpful.
Lobbyist A directory of lobbyist searchable by name of either lobbyist or client.
Mississippi Code (law) A searchable web version of State laws.