BILL OPENING MEETINGS OF PUBLIC HOSPITALS PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE

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> JACKSON – Legislation to require open meetings at public hospitals heads to the state Senate for consideration soon, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said.
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> “We’ve seen the need for transparency at public hospitals with recent events on the Gulf Coast,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said. “These taxpayer-supported entities should operate in the open so patients, staff and the public know the proper fiscal management practices are in place.”
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> Senate Bill 2407, sponsored by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Ocean Springs, requires publically owned hospitals to follow the state Open Meetings Act and establishes new requirements to serve as a trustee of a community hospital.
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> Patient records will be exempt from the Open Records Act and will remain private.
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