High-Profile Bills Filed in Mississippi Legislature

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Jackson, Miss.
A glance at some bills filed on the first day of the 2014 session of the Mississippi Legislature:

CLONING -- House Bill 43, by Rep. Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, would ban human cloning. It also would prohibit shipping and receiving embryos created by human cloning.

DRUG TESTING -- House Bill 49, by Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb, and House Bill 86, by Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune, would require drug testing of some people receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a proposal supported by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. House Bill 89, by Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon, would require random drug testing for Medicaid recipients.

MEDICAID -- House Bill 41, by Rep. Willie Perkins, D-Greenwood, would expand Medicaid to cover more low-income people, which is an option under the federal health overhaul signed by President Barack Obama. Bryant and leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate oppose expansion.

SCHOOL YEAR -- House Bill 75, by House Education Committee Chairman John Moore, R-Brandon, would shorten the K-12 school year from 180 days to 175.