An effort to pass an HB56-like anti-immigrant law in Mississippi died Tuesday in a senate committee.
Sen. Hob Bryan, the Democrat in charge of the Mississippi Senate judiciary committee, chose not to put the immigration bill, known as HB488, on his committee’s agenda Tuesday, effectively killing the bill. HB488 passed in the Mississippi House in March and had the support of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican.
Although HB488 is done with, Republican members of the Mississippi House of Representatives have inserted much of the bill’s language into an unrelated bill, SB2549, which has to do with counterfeit goods. However, that change may break a rule against shoehorning.
Both houses of Mississippi’s legislature are controlled by Republicans. Bryan chairs the judiciary committee because committee chairs are appointed by the lieutenant governor in Mississippi.
A controversial abortion bill known as the “heartbeat bill” also died in the same committee Tuesday.