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Bill opening meetings of public hospitals passes Senate committee

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

Legislation to require open meetings at public hospitals heads to the state Senate for consideration soon.

"We've seen the need for transparency at public hospitals with recent events on the Gulf Coast," Lt. Governor Tate 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."

Senate Bill 2407, sponsored by Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Ocean Springs, requires publicly owned hospitals to follow the state Open Meetings Act and establishes new requirements to serve as a trustee of a community hospital.

Patient records will be exempt from the Open Records Act and will remain private.

The legislation was initiated by concern over a lack of transparency following recent events with the Singing River Health System pension fund.

The bill will be voted on by the full Senate and then given to the House for consideration.

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