Senate passes law to help veterans suffering from PTSD


This week we passed House Bill 155, to rename the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland for former Gov. Bill Waller Sr., who served from 1972 until 1976 and died in 2011.

We passed House Bill 944 that would allow veterans diagnosed with PTSD to use and enter facilities with their support or therapy animals, like service dogs — as do blind individuals.

Our passage of House Bill 380 would allow cities to form agreements with rural water associations to cut off water service to sewage customers whose bills are 30 days past due as a means of debt collection.

We passed House Bill 665 that creates an advisory council to determine whether switching inspection oversight for Mississippi-grown honey and derivative products from the Department of Health to the Department of Agriculture would be effective.

Other bills passed included:

• House Bill 709 that would allow pharmacists to provide consumers with information about payments for certain prescription drugs.

• House Bill 392 will allow cities that reach 10,000 populations or more by 2020 to keep the number of aldermen elected to five if they so choose.

• House Bill 804 would allow voters to cast ballots if they lack proper identification and return within five days with identification to have their ballots count.

• House Bill 1539 would allow Mendenhall officials to authorize the use of golf carts on certain streets and roads.

• House Bill 80 would stop slow moving traffic from hogging the left lane, generally reserved for faster moving traffic and as a passing lane.

Committee meetings continue as we push toward several deadlines.

Terry Burton, R-Newton, represents Senate District 31. Call 601-359-3234 to contact Burton in Jackson.