NASW, MISSISSIPPI CHAPTER

2017 Social Work Advocacy Day at the Capitol

We had a fantastic turnout of 380 students, faculty, and others to support the Day of Empathy/#cut50, listen to legislators discuss the process and a number of bills, and participate in a wonderful press conference with Jessica Sloan of #cut50.  We also want to thank the Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, MS #cut50, and the MS Wrap-arouond Services for supporting our efforts by kicking off the even with a reception the evening before at The Parlor Market. It was indeed a fantastic event. We are already gearing up for next year, with a series of events planned as the Social Work licensing law sunsets in 2018....see our Facebook page for pictures at National Association of Social Workers, MS Chapter.  
                 


 National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter 

                                             LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WITH BILLS BELOW  March 8, 2017
   

Maintain Social Work Licensure with current language in the law.
NO Active Bills

Oppose combining MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists with other Boards.
HB 1425: Occupation Board Compliance Act of 2017 - OPPOSE. We suggest removing beginning line 27 "approve veto or modify any rules, regulation," to prohibit over-regulation by the governor. There are cost concerns related to providing extra attorneys. (See Section 5).
HB 1490: Fiscal Budget for the MS Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and family therapists. – SUPPORT 

Support Medicaid Expansion
HB 318: Relating to creating the save the rural Hospital Act – SUPPORT - DEAD
HB 1090: Revising eligibility for Medicaid and Human Services Transparency and Fraud Prevention Act and other states agencies; Medicaid currently faces under funding by 88 million. Chairman Brown has found millions of dollars in funding to provide an out of state company to assess eligibility. – OPPOSE 
HB 1092: Relating to revising the qualifications for the executive director of the division of Medicaid. – OPPOSE
HB 1510/1521: These bills do not provide adequate funding for Medicaid. We support increased funding for Medicaid. 
HB 1512: Department of Human Services; We support increased funding over the amount allocated in these bills. 
HB 1513: Department of Child Protection Services; We support increased funding over the amount allocated in these bills.
SB 2330: Tough Medicaid Verification. This bill would discourage people from applying for Medicaid and make it more difficult for anyone to ever get through the hoops to become eligible. – OPPOSE - DEAD

Support a change in the current flag of Mississippi.
SB 2509: MSU and USM; buildings erected on university land leased to private entities for student housing is exempt from taxation.  *an amendment was added for Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi to require the universities to fly the state flag or the Magnolia flag if they receive state funds. – OPPOSE

Support an increase in tax on higher income (over $250,000) or luxury goods (boats, cars, etc.) to generate additional revenue.
No Active Bills

Support providing adequate funding for public education (K-12, Community Colleges & Universities).
HB 423: Relating to require all agencies, departments, institutions and political subdivisions of the state that provide programs or services to children in this state to annually create an itemized list of the program and services provided to children-SUPPORT - DEAD
HB 1036: Vouchers to pay for private schools. This started out as a bill to help those with dyslexia, but has been transformed into a real voucher bill that would put public dollars into private schools – OPPOSE - DEAD
SB 2340: To restrict and remove the state medical, dental, graduate/professional school forgivable loan programs ending with the 2016/2017 academic year. – OPPOSE - DEAD

Additional bills of concern.
HB 162: Creating tax exempt accounts under the MS Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. (Companion Bill: SB 2311) – SUPPORT - DEAD
HB 263: Relating to clarifying conduct that is considered being bullying behavior. Including certain protections for students. - SUPPORT
HB 476: Relating to providing that in cases of reports of child abuse or neglect to the Department of Child Protective Services shall notify the applicable military installation family advocacy program if it is a military family. –SUPPORT - DEAD
HB 638: This bill authorizes Capital Punishment “by any means necessary.” In an attempt to get around the problems with the lethal injection drugs, this says to either change the drugs, go back to the electric chair, or use a firing squad. - OPPOSE
HB 1013: Relating to making technical amendments to provisions of law relating to and give certain powers and duties to department of child protection services.- SUPPORT -DEAD
HB 1033: Enact the Recommendations of the Re-entry Council. This would clean up some of the problems that impact parolees and others released from prison. – SUPPORT
HB 1356: To authorize a criminal sexual assault protection order - SUPPORT
SB 2145: Reduction in sanctions for parole violations – SUPPORT - DEAD
SB 2222: Private prisons evaluated for recidivism rate. – SUPPORT- DEAD
SB 2680: Technical amendment bill for Child Protective Services; Representative Gipson adds “evidentiary standards” for judges to use in divorce cases, which would provide them with guidance on what is abusive physical conduct. - SUPPORT.
SB 2689: Prohibits personal use of campaign funds – SUPPORT 
SB 2842: Relating to authorize mental health court intervention programs. (Also HB 489) - SUPPORT

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------You can access up to the minute information on all legislative activity as well as find out

 how to contact your Senators, Representatives and other elected officials by going to

 the Mississippi Legislative website:   http://legislature.ms.gov.


Find out who your personal Representative and Senator are by clicking on

http://openstates.org and use your address To find out where to go vote visit

www.vote411.org.


Another link that provides legislative information on a state and national level

 is:  www.statepolicy.org


Below are Links to Other Social Concern Websites...

 

http://mhap.org/index.php - Mississippi Health Advocacy Program

 

http://splcenter.org/ - Southern Poverty Law Center


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