Silly bills from the Mississippi Legislature include making the Bible the state book

January 5, 2018

 

 

The Mississippi Legislature has been in session only since Tuesday and legislators have already submitted 433 bills for consideration.

 

Most of them tackle serious issues, but some are just silly. Here are a few of the worst offenders:

 

A new state book

House Bill 130 would designate the Bible as the state's official book and was authored by state Rep. Tom Miles (D-Forest). The bill has already been double-referred, which means it was sent to two committees  (House Tourism and Rules committees) and that is usually a death sentence for a bill. A similar bill died in committee last year.

 

What is your favorite color?

According to House Bill 168, the state needs an official color and that would be blue. The bill, authored by state Rep. Gregory Holloway (D-Hazlehurst) was also submitted in 2017 and died in commitee.

 

Bills are read, my love

 

 

Senate Bill 2025 would designate Meet My Mississippi by Patricia Neely-Dorsey as the state's official poem. The bill, authored by state Sen. Bob Dearing (D-Natchez) is now in the hands of the Senate Rules Committee. A similar bill died in committee last session.

 

 

A new state song

State rep. Scott Delano (R-Biloxi) authored House Bill 221, which would designate Mississippi, by Ed Thomas, as the new state song. It would replace Go Mississippi as the state's official song and is headed to the House Tourism Committee. A similar bill failed last year to replace the old state song, which was adopted in 1972.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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