Tuesday marked the first deadline of the legislative session as lawmakers worked to consider general bills.

Around 200 bills are still considered alive and are moving forward to the full House and Senate chambers for more debate.

HB 80 co-authored by local House members Nick Bain of Corinth and Bubba Carpenter of Burnsville still has a chance to become law later this year.

The republican representatives jointly filled the bill that states any person who intentionally or negligently allows their dog to escape from their home or yard and bite, wound or inflict physical injury on another human shall be guilty of a felony and could be subject to fines or jail time.

The bill was written in response to the multiple dog attack of Alcorn County jogger Tess Lancaster.

Other bills still alive include:

HB 1135, SB 2804 would allow for home delivery of beer, wine and liquor.

SB 2574 would establish a rehabilitation and workforce training program for inmates as they prepare to leave prison.

SB 2536 would ban transgender females from participating in sports.

SB 2561 would allow the Department of Public Safety to issue six-month provisional driver’s licenses to inmates leaving prison.

HB 4, SB 2588 would allow for purging of names from voter rolls after a person doesn’t vote in during a four-year span and fails to respond to a post card.

HB 1136 would issue a tax rebate to college-educated people who live, work and buy property in Mississippi.

Bills that are dead:

HB 338 said any person who performs, attempts or induces an abortion could be charged with murder.

HB 790 would have outlawed abortion except to prevent serious health risks to the pregnant woman.

HB 655 said drag racing and obstruction of traffic by a vehicle would be felonies.

SB 2277 would have enhanced penalties for crimes motivated by a victim’s disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

SB 2538 would have prohibited schools from using public money to teach history from “The 1619 Project,” a New York Times initiative that evaluated slavery in the U.S.

SB 2128 would have increased the minimum penalty for voter fraud from $500 to $1,000.

SB 2173 would have allowed package stores to open on Sundays to sell wine and liquor.

HB 592 would have allowed grocery stores to sell wine.

(Capitol Connections by Daily Corinthian staff writer Zack Steen appears throughout the 2020 Mississippi Legislative session and includes news and notes from local lawmakers. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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