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From the Office of the Lt. Gov. of Mississippi

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION AIMED AT PROTECTING GUN OWNERS AND HARD WORKING MISSISSIPPIANS

2.6.09 – Lawmakers had an intense week as they pushed through a number of common sense items. The Mississippi State Senate approved legislation this week that gives gun owners additional protection and legislation prohibiting the selling of children.

“In these tough economic times, I think it makes sense to get back to common sense approaches. That is why the Senate is working on basic legislation that helps ensure the safety of our everyday life,” stated Lt. Governor Phil Bryant.

The MS Senate passed a total of 132 bills during this week and places the Senate in good standing for approaching deadlines. Legislation that now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

A few of the common sense legislative items include:

1. SB 2036 that restricts the power of a peace officer to confiscate firearms and ammunitions in an emergency or during a time of martial law.

2. SB 2479 prohibits the buying and selling of children and punishable by a fine not exceeding Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) or ten (10) years imprisonment, or both.

3. SB 2014 is aimed at helping our servicemen and women in the National Guard or Reserve Forces receive the tax breaks they are entitled to.

4. SB 3073 provides legal protection for hard working Mississippians. It provides that architects, engineers, real estate brokers, surveyors, builders and remodelers can only be sued after a third party expert of their trade, registered in Mississippi, swears by affidavit that a factual basis exists for the legal claim.

5. SB 2144 revises the penalty for using a false I.D., transporting illegal aliens, and aiding and abetting those offenses.

6. SB 2548, comprehensive voter ID reform. States electors appearing to vote shall present proper photo identification to the elections manager or the registrar before being allowed to vote. A Mississippi Voter Identification card may be obtained free of charge by electors who do not have a valid Mississippi driver’s license or identification card. The Mississippi Voter Identification card is valid only for voting purposes. If a person does not have a photo ID, the person will be allowed to vote by affidavit. Additionally, the ballot will be counted if the person is found to be a qualified elector.