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Major Effort Underway in 2014 Legislative Session

17 一月 2014 没有评论

City University of New York Students visiting the State Capitol along with supporters of MIRA.

The session began on January 7, but it’s still in the early stages, so there are many bills that have not yet been filed. 星期一, January 20th is the deadline for bills to be filed, so we should have a better idea of exactly what we’re up against by the middle of next week. While we’ll likely be facing opposition from anti-immigrant camps, we believe that we can gain some serious ground for immigrants and workers in areas like healthcare, 教育, and worker’s compensation.

So far, we have seen: 

HB 209 通过REP. Reecy Dickson, which provides for in-state tuition for undocumented students enrolling in higher education

HB 213 通过REP. Reecy Dickson, which calls for a study to determine the effects of immigration on poverty in Mississippi

SB 2210 由森. 德里克·西蒙斯, which increases the total compensation that an injured worker can receive and that a worker permanently disabled can receive lifetime benefits.

There will be another worker’s compensation bill introduced on the Senate side and possibly two on the House side. You can keep informed about these and all other bills by visiting the Mississippi Legislature’s website.

UC Berkley Students visiting MIRA’s offices.

In the course of preparing for the Legislative Session, MIRA got some serious assistance from students. A group of 12 undergrad students from UC Berkeley helped MIRA start phone banks to get the word out about Civic Engagement Day. The UC Berkeley students were traveling and doing community volunteer work on their holiday break (they’re pictured here in the MIRA office with MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler). A second group came to us from the City University of New York, this time a group of law students. They helped us dig in and really research all the issues surrounding workers compensation law. These students were completing internships with the Mississippi Worker’s Center for Human Rights, and you can see them pictured here with Jaribu Hill (founder of MS Worker’s Center for Human Rights) and a group of state legislators, plus MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler and President Jim Evans.

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