Madison County Schools Receive MCBL&F 2017 Vision Award

The Madison County School District was honored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation earlier today with the 2017 Vision Award.  Congrats on a very deserved recognition for our educators!

Video credit: Amile Wilson, Hapax Creative

For more on the Madison Count Business League & Foundation’s Vision Celebration luncheon, click here.

Recap of 2017 Legislative Sessions

The Mississippi Legislature passed a number of new laws passed this Session.  Many of the new laws take effect this weekend, on July 1.  For a summary of key bills debated and passed during the Regular 2017 Session, as well as the June Special Session, please click the link below:

2017 Updated Session Summary Including Special Session

Cory worked on some key bills, including legislation that will:

  • Reform our Campaign Finance laws;
  • Roll back government regulations;
  • Increase transparency;
  • Give Mississippians with disabilities savings tools to “Achieve a Better Life Experience” (MS ABLE); and
  • Support Law Enforcement

To see legislation that Cory has authored, you can visit this website’s Legislation page.

Wilson leads on passage of MS ABLE Act, Regulatory Oversight Commission Bills

Representative Cory Wilson was on hand earlier this week to watch Governor Bryant sign both the #MSABLE Act and HB1425, the occupational licensing regulatory reform bill, into law. Both were big priorities this Session. Wilson served as lead House author on both bills.

Mississippi’s ABLE Act, which will give disabled Mississippians a tool to save and use more of their own money, is the result of two years of work by a bipartisan group of legislators, advocates, and parents of special needs kids.

HB1425 provides a first-in-the-nation framework to protect licensing boards that protect the public, while setting state policy to favor economic liberty and less regulation. Passage of HB1425 will provide oversight of new regulations and provide a framework to lessen the burdens of government on Mississippi’s economy.

 

Roads and Bridges: $8M for Reunion would be part of state borrowing

While the state Legislature failed to reach an agreement on transportation funding that could have provided $8 million for Reunion Parkway, the governor is expected to call a special session. State Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, said negotiations broke down over the weekend.

On two occasions, the House passed bills that included $8 million for Reunion Parkway, Wilson said. Also proposed for inclusion in a bond bill were the Lake Harbour Drive extension and Madison Avenue widening. “Usually a bond bill goes through every year for roads and other state projects. Because we could not reach an agreement, we will have to keep discussing roads and bridges as we move forward,” Wilson said.

The proposed bond bill would have included, among other projects, $47 million for the Institutions of Higher Learning and $35 million for community colleges to spend as they see fit. Wilson said the House would be keeping those as a priority for future sessions.

For the full story, visit the Madison County Journal.

Lawmakers Approve HB1425, Occupational Licensing Review

From USNews & World Report:

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Boards that regulate fellow members of professions in Mississippi would face new oversight from three elected officials, if Gov. Phil Bryant approves.

House and Senate members Tuesday agreed on changes to House Bill 1425 . It tasks the governor, attorney general and secretary of state with examining professional rules.

The board would approve, reject or suggest changes to regulations adopted by boards overseeing doctors, engineers, barbers and many others.

The bill says Mississippi should adopt “the least restrictive regulation necessary.”

For the full article, click here.

At #msleg 2017 Session Midway Mark, an Update on Key Bills

The 2017 Legislative Session has seen action on a number of bills, while others have not moved forward. This update is long, but below is a brief description of some of the key bills passed by the House of Representatives. I hope you find these of interest. You can also track the bills I have authored at www.corywilson.ms through the “Legislature” Tab on the Homepage. The House continues to work on budgets and Senate bills, with a committee deadline today, February 28, for committees to act on the other chamber’s general bills. Session ends April 2.

The House has passed bills aimed at making government more efficient and cost-effective, improving education, and funding roads and bridges. There are also a number of other bills of note that continue through the process.

Click here for the full update.

Voice of a MS Legislator: Reform Bill on Occupational Licensing

By Cory Wilson | Guest Contributor: Bigger Pie Forum | District 73 – Madison

Mississippi licenses more occupations than only four other states. The people responsible for granting licenses are, in many cases, in the same business as those they license. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that such an arrangement may rise to a violation of antitrust laws, unless the State ensures that regulations foster public policy, rather than private interests. A bill now before the Legislature, HB 1425, is one way to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling.

There’s been a good bit of discussion this session about HB 1425, the Occupational Board Compliance Act of 2017. The bill does two important things: (1) it protects licensing boards and commissions from individual antitrust liability under federal law; and (2) it sets a state policy that expands labor freedom, promotes entrepreneurship and restricts regulation. HB 1425 passed the House and awaits action in the Senate. I worked with the Governor’s office and others as lead author of the measure.

HB 1425 is a bill that needs to pass this session in order to protect the executive branch from costly lawsuits. This is because of a 2015 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission. In the North Carolina Dental Examiners case, the Supreme Court held that licensing boards composed of “active market participants” – practicing dentists, in this case – could be held liable under federal antitrust laws for restricting competition. What that means for Mississippi is that many of our occupational licensing boards are vulnerable to lawsuits.

Basically, the North Carolina Dental Examiners case says the fox cannot guard the henhouse. To preserve immunity from liability, the Supreme Court requires that licensing boards controlled by active market participants may act only subject to “active supervision” and pursuant to “clearly articulated state policy.”

For the full column, visit BiggerPieForum.org.

Clarion Ledger: Bill to put governor over licensing boards in limbo

The fate of a House bill to give the governor supervising authority over occupational licensing boards in the state was left in limbo Friday.

The House voted 31-85 against the motion that would have allowed House Bill 1425 to move on to the Senate.

Occupational licensing boards are state boards, commissions, departments or other agencies that regulate entry into a profession such as dentistry and cosmetology, or regulate the conduct of persons within a particular profession or occupation.

The bill originally had passed in the House, 61-58, with three members not voting, but was held on a motion to reconsider. The motion Friday was to table the motion to reconsider and send the bill on to the Senate. . . .

The bill, filed by Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, is said to be aimed at preventing a situation similar to that in North Carolina where the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners violated antitrust laws when it prohibited businesses from offering non-dentist teeth whitening services.

For the full article, visit the Clarion Ledger.