This is the fourth week of the 2021 Mississippi Legislative Session. Members worked diligently in committee meetings, as Tuesday’s deadline to have House Bills out of committee quickly approaches. Last week, the House announced new protocols, and all committee meetings and sessions were moved online. Despite a few technical difficulties early in the week, the virtual meetings proved to be a success. I was able to virtually attend the following committee meetings last week: Agriculture, Transportation, Drug Policy, Tourism, and Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks.
After Tuesday, February 2nd, no additional general bills will be added to the House calendar for consideration. Members will return to meet in person in session on Wednesday, February 3rd to discuss the bills that have made it out of their respective committees. As of Friday, 140 bills have made it out of committee thus far, and this number should increase before the deadline.