Coalition Applauds New Laws

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An advocacy group lauded lawmakers Tuesday for passing several bills this session they say will improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Among the legislation was a bill that requires the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to issue identification cards for people with disabilities.

Mary Troupe, executive director of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, says the I.D. cards will be helpful to first responders, such as police officers and firefighters, in case a person needs medical attention.

Troupe also said the I.D. cards will help people access benefits and special needs such as seating in public places.

The cards will be issued to people who have letters from licensed physicians.