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MS ELECTIONS FOR CONGRESS AND SENATE ARE UNDERWAY...WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEND TO WASHINGTON TO REPRESENT YOU??? 

Information on candidates and deadlines can be found at the MS Secretary of State office at  www.sos.ms.gov

and at The MS League of Women Voters at www.lwv-ms.org

 

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NASW, MS CHAPTER LEGISLATIVE AGENDA 2018 

Adopted by NASW MS Chapter Board of Directors October 21, 2017 

1.  We support maintaining our social work licensing law with current language, and request removal of repealer effective July 1, 2018.   (Done!  No repealer effective 7.1.18!)  See detail for other agenda items below...

2.  We oppose any changes in the composition of the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists.   

3.  We support adequate funding for all services that affect the well-being of at-risk populations, and increase funding where cuts were made.

4.  We support the Mississippi State Health Improvement Plan.  

5.  We support replacement of the current Mississippi flag.

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 National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter  2018
      FINAL*******LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WITH BILLS BELOW
  

Maintain Social Work Licensure with current language in the law. 

HB 894Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers; extends repealer on licensure laws. (White – R)  (DIED in Committee)

HB 988: Marriage and family therapists and social workers licensingdeletes repealer on licensure laws. (White – R) STRONGLY SUPPORT 

(passed out of house - 110 yeas, 9 nays -BOMGAR-R (District 58 Madison), BROWN-R (Dis.20 Itawamba, Lee, Monroe), BYRD-R (Dis. 104 Forrest), CRISWELL-R (Dis.6 Desoto), FOSTER-R (Dis. 28 Desoto), GIPSON-R (Dis.77 Rankin, Simpson), HENLEY-R (Dis. 40 Desoto), HOPKINS-R (Dis. 7 DeSoto),  

Contact your Representative to thank them for voting YES or find out why they voted no -see RED above for nay votes.  Bill passed out of Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, placed on senate calendar for floor debate and vote.  Contact your senator as soon as possible and ask them to support passage of the social work licensing bill (with no repealer language in the bill) contact number to use during session: 601-359-3770 PASSED SENATE - SENT TO GOVERNOR. Signed by the Governor!

SB 2461: Licensing and regulation of Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists; deletes repealer. (Kirby – R)  (DIED in Committee)


Oppose combining MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists with other Boards.

HB 144: Mississippi Skill Standards Board; create as an advisory board on industry standards. Bill as written relates to job skills that require less than a 4 year degree, but could be open/subject to change. (Clark -D) (DIED in Committee)

HB 775: Occupational licensing boards; revise how certain prior convictions are used by. (Bomgar - R) (DIED in Committee)

HB 1058: DFA; establish Office of Shared Services within to operate as the central business office for select agencies. (Reed - R)  WATCH - (DIED on CALENDAR in HOUSE)

SB 2526Administrative Procedures Act; require certain occupational licensing boards to review their rules every three years. (Parks - R) WATCH (conference report passed by senate and house, enrolled bill sent to governor.) (Status as of 03/29/18)

SB 2775: Office of Shared Services (OSS) in Department of Finance and Administration; establish. (Clark -R) OPPOSE (passed senate and sent to house,  assigned to Appropriations committee, contact your local House representative and ask them to either remove MBOE from bill or vote NO!  contact number to use during session: 601-359-3770; Fax for House of Representatives 601-359-3728 (DIED in Committee on 02/27/2018)


Support MS State Health Improvement Plan.

HB 128Medicaid; require Governor and Division of Medicaid to negotiate to obtain federal waiver to expand Medicaid coverage. (Dortch – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 305Medicaid; require Governor and Division of Medicaid to negotiate to obtain federal waiver to expand Medicaid coverage. (Clark – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 332Medicaid; provide option for reimbursement of outpatient services at certain rural hospitals based on 101% of Medicare rate. (Mims – R) WATCH (DIED in Committee)

HB 440Medicaid; provide for a database of electronic medical records of Medicaid recipients, with access by Medicaid providers. (Scott – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 470Health Disparities Council; create. (Scott – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 480Medicaid; expand eligibility under federal health care reform law. (Scott – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 482Medicaid; require participation in a medical home and require obese persons to participate in online program on obesity. (Scott – D) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 483TANF and Medicaid; require teenage recipients of to participate in programs about birth control, abstinence and parenting. (Scott – D) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 486Medicaid; children under age 18 in foster care are eligible for. (Scott – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 501Medicaid; redetermination of eligibility for shall be available by mail, and prohibit face-to-face requirement. (Scott – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 516Medicaid; expand eligibility under federal health care law and under CHIP. (Scott – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 521Health screening; require annually for Medicaid, CHIP and State Health Plan recipients and participants. (Scott – D) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 713Medicaid; prohibit division from implementing or operating any managed care program after July 1, 2019. (Arnold – R) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 737Medicaid; prohibit division from implementing or operating any managed care program after July 1, 2019. (Baker – R) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 866Medicaid; provide coverage for certain children if federal authority or funding for CHIP is terminated. (Dortch – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 874: Contraceptives; require insurers, Medicaid and the State Health Plan to cover without cost sharing. (Dortch – D, Wooten - D, Paden - D, Banks – D, Bell (16) – D, Karriem - D, Williams-Barnes -D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 898Medicaid; extend repealers on various provisions relating to. (White – R) SUPPORT (passed out of house with committee substitute and adopted by house chamber, 108 yeas, 3 nays, sent to senate)  (Assigned to Medicaid committee, contact your local senator and ask them to support HB 898, vote YES)  (DIED in Senate Committee)


HB 940Medicaid; direct division to select a provider-sponsored health plan to provide services under the managed care program. (Chism – R)
WATCH (DIED in Committee)

SB 2094: Health insurance coverage for mental illness; add coverage parity reporting requirements. (Tollison – R) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)


Support a change in the current flag of Mississippi

HB 372State flag; provide that Magnolia Flag will be an additional design of the official flag. (Snowden - R) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 503State flag; change the design of. (Perkins – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 702State flag; revise design of. (Williams-Barnes – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

House Resolution 8: House chamber; prohibit display of state flag with Confederate Battle Flag in its design in the chamber. (Holloway - D) SUPPORT (Died in Committee)


Support adequate funding for services of at-risk populations and increase funding where cuts were made.

HB 32Post-secondary funding; provide for restored mid-level funding of community and junior colleges and increase salaries of teachers. (Sykes – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 147Medical records; persons seeking disability benefits may obtain at no charge until final determination of disability. (Hines – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 743State lottery; enact and provide $25 million of proceeds to 25 poorest school districts. (Clark - D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

SB 2141State lottery; establish and use revenue from to supplement MAEP and for educational capital improvements. (Simmons 13th – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

SB 2230Cigarettes; increase excise tax on. (Simmons 13th – D) SUPPORT (NO action noted as of 02/19/2018) (DIED in Committee)


Additional areas of concern or interest

HB 62Pre-election day voting; authorize. (Denny – R) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 65Online voter registration; revise to allow for first-time voters to register through. (Denny –R) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 69Dating violence; require school districts to adopt policy and educate students on. (Hines – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 87"Mississippi Promise Scholarship Act of 2018"; est. to provide tuition assistance for tuition free community and junior college attendance. (Paden – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 129State employees; provide for increase in annual compensation for those with an annual gross salary of less than $50,000.00. (Miles – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 195Indecent assault; create crime of. (Bennett – R) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 209MAEP; increase adjustment to base student cost for at-risk students. (Clark – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 210School social workers and psychologists; authorize districts to employ and receive partial state reimbursement for salaries. (Clark – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 226:  Abortion; prohibit after heartbeat is detectable. (Foster - R) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 246: Restoration of suffrage; prescribe conditions that do not require legislative action for. (Clarke - D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 259State employees; provide for increase in annual compensation for those with annual salary under $50,000.00. (Sykes – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 263Mental Health Department employees; provide for increase in annual compensation for those with annual salary under $20,000.00. (Miles – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 276: Right to vote; restore to people who committed nonviolent disqualifying crimes upon meeting certain requirements. (Reynolds – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 279: Income tax; exempt income of certain mental health professionals providing services in critical mental health services shortage areas. (Reynolds – D) WATCH (No action noted as of 02/19/2018) (DIED in Committee)


HB 304Tuition waiver; provide for certain foster and adopted children and wards of the state to attend a state-supported IHL. (Clark – D)
SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 419:  Mental health courts; authorize to be established throughout the state. (Currie - R, Bain - D, Boyd - R, Reynolds - D, Sykes - D) SUPPORT (Passed out of house - 116 yeas, 1 nays, 4 absent or not voting, sent to senate)  (Assigned to Judiciary A committee, Appropriations committee, contact your local senator and ask them to support HB 419, vote YES) (DIED in Senate Committee)

HB 539Welfare Policy Institute within the IHL board; repeal. (Hopkins – R) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

HB 560Family Empowerment Initiative; create. (Wooten – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 618 Religious Freedom Act; repeal along with Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act. (Banks – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 681Adoption; revise home study and residency requirements. (Bain – D) (DIED in Committee)

HB 708:  Licensed professional counselors; revise titles, qualifications and fees of. (Touchstone - R) WATCH (passed house 105 yeas, 7 nays, 4 present and sent to senate) Bill passed out of Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, placed on senate calendar for floor debate and vote. Passed Senate - sent to Governor and approved.

HB 717Equal pay for equal work; require for employees of opposite sex in the same work establishment. (Arnold - R, Boyd - R, Carpenter - R, Dixon - D, Sykes – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 942Re-entry and employability; implement mechanisms to provide. (Bomgar – R) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

HB 957: Education; establish Mississippi Uniform Per Student Funding Formula Act of 2018. (Gunn – R) OPPOSE (Died in Committee)  

HB 1083: Firearms, authorize those with enhanced carry to bring onto public property. (Gibson-R)  OPPOSE Bill was amended in Senate Committee to allow teachers to carry firearms within class (see news reports for additional information).  Senate passed bill in amended form and sent bill back to the house for concurrance.  Bill died on calendar. 

HB 1175: Occupational licensing boards; revise how certain prior convictions are used by. (Gipson – R) WATCH (passed house 109 yeas, 6 nays, 4 absent or not voting, 2 present and sent to senate, HB 1175 assigned to one senate committee (Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency).  Bill passed Senate in amended form and sent back to the house for concurrance, house has declined senate version and invited senate to conference bill.  Bill died in conference. 


SB 2095 Health insurance coverage for autism therapy services; remove age limitation. (Tollison -R) SUPPORT 
(DIED in Committee)

SB 2400:  School board members; uniform nonpartisan school board election beginning with the November 2023 general election (Blackwell-R)  OPPOSE (passed out of education committee -also appears to have passed out of elections with a committee substitute). This changes way school boards are elected by removing staggered terms and have all board members elected at the same time. In theory makes it easier for outsiders to support those with similar ideological interest to take over a school board, a tactic used successfully in some other states. Contact your local senator and ask them to vote NO. (DIED on Senate CALENDAR)

SB 2424 Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services; authorize privatization of social worker services. (Hill – R) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

SB 2489 State service; prohibit sex or gender discrimination in employment. (Turner - ) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)

SB 2636 Voter registration; require applicants to submit acceptable documents to verify U.S. Citizenship. (Watson – R) OPPOSE (DIED in Committee)

SB 2701 Cigarette excise tax; increase to be dedicated to the annual Medicaid program deficit and tobacco cessation program. (Wiggins - ) SUPPORT (NO action noted as of 02/19/2018 (DIED in Committee)


SB 2769 Tax Payer Pay Raise Act; remove phase out of income & franchise tax & remove deduction of federal employment tax. (Blount – D) SUPPORT (NO action noted as of 02/19/2018)  (DIED in Committee)


SB 2770 Women's Economic Security Act of 2018; create. (Dawkins – D) SUPPORT 
(DIED in Committee)

SB 2828 "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act"; repeal. (Repeal 1523) (Dawkins – D) SUPPORT (DIED in Committee)


Thank you for your support of professional social work in Mississippi! Please contact our office for any information or assistance on social work matters.

     Your Advocacy Team,       

NASW, MS Chapter 
info.naswms@socialworkers.org

601.936.0557  

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