Legislative Update–Tuesday, January 21, 2020

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Governor Inaugurated

The 2020 Legislative Session has begun! Last week marked the inauguration of Mississippi’s 65th Governor, the Hon. Tate Reeves. Also taking the helm at the State Capitol was our new Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and a host of newly-elected state officials, senators and representatives.

The 2020 Session of the Mississippi Legislature is now off and running! This year, being the first year of a new term, the session will last one month longer than usual, concluding May 10 as opposed to early April. This allows more time for new committee assignments to be made and new legislators to become oriented.

With later legislative deadlines, more time can be given to the process of introducing legislation. In fact, the first deadline for introduction of general bills is not until February 24.

As we do every year, MASI will be sending out legislative updates during the session to keep our members informed. These updates will include lists of pending legislation, and you will be able to view a list of introduced bills by scrolling down.

MASI is already at work on several bills. Top on our list this year will be a “Mississippi Injured Worker’s Privacy Act” to enact safeguards to protect the personal information of individuals who have been hurt at work. MASI will also be working to pass two items we have pursued in the past… The Workplace Tax Credit, a bill to encourage employers to offer wellness programs for their employees; and a Bill to Outlaw the Sale of Synthetic Human Urine for the purposes of faking a drug test.

We will also be assisting with a “Return to Special Fund Bill” to restore fiscal authority to the MS Workers’ Compensation Commission, reversing the damaging bill passed in 2016 which swept the Administrative Expense Fund into the State General Fund, resulting in increased assessments on many of our members.

To visit the Legislative Homepage, click here. Scroll down to the bottom of this email for a listing of active bills.

 


 

MISSISSIPPI INJURED WORKERS PRIVACY ACT

Imagine being able to walk into the ER at the hospital and requesting the contact information of everyone who has been admitted that day. That is exactly what is taking place at the MS Workers Comp Commission on a daily basis – all due to a loophole in Mississippi’s Public Records Act.

MASI will be introducing a bill this year to enact protections on the personal information of injured workers. It’s past-time to protect their privacy!

 

 


 

BILL TO OUTLAW SYNTHETIC HUMAN URINE

Hard to imagine that in Mississippi it is legal for someone to purchase Synthetic Human Urine for the purposes of faking a drug test at work. This has resulted in an unsafe work environment, and MASI is fighting to change this.

 


 

RETURN TO SPECIAL FUND BILL

MASI will be helping to pass a bill that will restore fiscal control to the MWCC and shield the Administrative Expense Fund from being diverted to fund other agencies.

MASI supports this action because it is the right thing to do, and it will allow assessments against our members to go down. We believe that the monies paid by our employer and group members to fund the operation of the MWCC should not be diverted to other state agencies, and our members should not be left to fund the difference through higher assessments.

 


 

WORKPLACE WELLNESS TAX CREDIT

MASI will again be pursuing passage of the Workplace Wellness Tax Credit, to allow $1 million in tax credits for employers who provide wellness programs for their employees. This is a Win-Win proposal for workers’ comp plans and health plans both! As a revenue bill, we will be facing a later deadline than general bills – and we will be sure to keep you posted on its progress.

 


MASI WILL HOST MAHU LEGISLATIVE DAY FEBRUARY 5

MASI is excited to be partnering with the MS Association of Health Underwriters on Wednesday, February 5, for the 2020 MASI/ MAHU Legislative Day. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am at the MS Trucking Association, 825 N. President St. in Jackson. Included will be a legislative report on Health Issues by Dan Gibson, MASI Executive Director. Following lunch, participants will visit the MS State Capitol for visits with state leaders

 

 

 


 

 

KEY MISSISSIPPI STATE LEADERS…. CLICK FOR CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Gov.

Tate

Reeves

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann
Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann
Speaker

Philip

Gunn

Ins.Comm. Mike

Chaney

MWCC Chair, Mark

Formby

 


Lt. Governor Takes Oath

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann Appoints New Senate Leadership Team

Mississippi’s new Lt. Governor has already appointed his entire slate of new leaders in the Mississippi Senate. MASI is happy to welcome these long-time friends to positions of influence. Speaker Philip Gunn is also appointing new leadership in the House – we are anticipating his announcement soon.

 

Sen. Dean Kirby

Sen. Dean

Kirby

PRES PRO TEM

Sen. Walter Michel
Sen. Walter

Michel

INSURANCE

Sen. Hob Bryan

Sen. Hob

Bryan

PUBLIC HEALTH

Sen. Josh Harkins

Sen. Josh

Harkins

FINANCE

Sen. Briggs Hopson
Sen. Briggs

Hopson

APPROPRIATIONS

Sen. Sally Doty

Sen. Sally

Doty

JUD A

Sen. John Horhn

Sen. John

Horhn

LABOR

Sen. Brice Wiggins

Sen. Brice

Wiggins

JUD B

 


WORKERS’ COMP BILLS, HEALTH BILLS & GENERAL INSURANCE BILLS

Bills are currently being written and introduced by legislators. Watch this section in future updates for links to important legislation.


MASI wants to serve you! As in years past, we will be hard at work tracking bills and keeping you informed of the ones that concern you. We will endeavor to safeguard our industry from harmful legislation and over-reaching regulation. If at any time you hear of legislation that concerns you, please do not hesitate to contact us!

As always, thank you for your support of MASI!

 

Dan

Dan M. Gibson, Executive Director

Mississippi Association of Self-Insurers

825 N. President Street

Jackson, Mississippi 39202

601-354-0199

www.masiweb.org