By: Sen. Burt Jones (R – Jackson)

During week three at the Capitol, we continued to pass meaningful legislation which includes two bills that passed on the Senate floor.

One piece of legislation the Senate passed this week was Senate Bill 194, which relates to garnishment proceedings. Specifically, the bill increases the amount of disposable earnings that may be subject to garnishment, reduces confusing language regarding where legal documentation should be sent and changes provisions for evidence introduction by a third party. This bill passed unanimously and will now be sent to the House for consideration.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 327 which would remove much of the unnecessary bureaucracy from the process of a coroner and medical examiner’s inquiry. The bill removes “unattended by a physician” as a cause of death that would automatically require an investigation by a medical examiner. This only applies if no foul play is suspected in the death. This bill is important to reducing some of the burden that is put on medical examiner’s offices, while saving taxpayer’s money and medical examiner’s time.

In addition to our work in Chamber, the Insurance and Labor Committee had its first meeting of the year. As Chairman of this committee, it is my responsibility to lead the committee and ensure that we pass responsible bills to benefit individuals statewide. We take our time vetting and properly analyzing bills to ensure the best possible version passes for a potential vote by the entire Senate.

My colleagues and I are sent to the Capitol to work on your behalf but we are always looking for input and feedback from our constituents. I highly encourage each of you to attend a committee meeting where the subject matter interests you. Public comment is welcome and we would love to hear from you.

I realize that for many of you, the drive to Atlanta isn’t feasible with your jobs, family and other commitments. Thankfully, this year the Senate introduced the Senate Transparency Project that now allows standing committee meetings to be livestreamed. That means that you can watch committee meetings in real time from the comfort of your home or office. If you are unable to watch the meetings live, they are archived and available for viewing at your convenience.

Being an informed citizen is important and the ability to livestream means that you have every opportunity to be actively involved in the legislative process. After watching these meetings, please contact me with any questions, concerns or feedback.

We have set the legislative calendar through the end of session and our last day will be March 29, 2018. Until then, please stay tuned for updates coming from my office at the Capitol, as I will continue to keep you informed about what is going on under the Gold Dome. Thank you for putting your trust in me as your Senator, and I look forward to serving you over the course of the 2018 Legislative Session.


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