All Measures (Not Dead)

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 1
Neutral
Appropriation; Department of Education for additional funding for teachers' salaries.
Analysis: This is a deficit appropriation of $18 million to fully fund last year's teacher pay raise. Approximately 9,000 teachers were not included in the original MDE calculation. While this fulfills an obligation the state made, it still increases the size of government.
2. HB 4
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; increase maximum number of package retailer's permits a person may own.
Analysis: This bill increases the number of package retailer’s permits one individual may own from one to three. This effectively raises the maximum number of liquor stores that one individual may operate from one to three. Arbitrary government limits on the amount of liquor stores any individual may own are not good for the economy. An individual’s success in the market should be determined by the market alone, not by the government.
3. HB 23
Not Rated
Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority; revise certain authority concerning loan for certain economic development project.
Analysis: This bill gives the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Authority the power to renegotiate payments of certain loans made to certain municipalities for projects covered specifically under the Mississippi Major Economic Impact Act. It also stipulates that any debt incurred by a municipality for projects under that act shall not be included in the calculation for that municipalities indebtedness.
4. HB 24
Not Rated
Bonds; revise certain provisions regarding sale by political subdivisions and other instrumentalities.
Analysis: This bill authorizes that sealed bids for bonds issued by any political subdivision (county, road district, school district, etc.) may be submitted in electronic format. It also stipulates that if a successful bidder for a government bond fails to submit payment in a timely manner the government authority may sell the bond.
5. HB 25
Neutral
MS Electronic Court System; require all courts to utilize.
Analysis:
6. HB 46
Neutral
Bonds; revise purposes for which bonds authorized for Town of Wesson may be used.
Analysis: This bill included the construction of a new police station among the allowable uses for funds from the "2019 Town of Wesson Police Station Construction Fund".
7. HB 73
Neutral
Wireless Communication Commission; remove ITS control over.
Analysis:
8. HB 90
Neutral
Community or junior colleges; authorize to administer construction contracts of $1,000,000.00 or less, and exempt certain oversight.
Analysis:
9. HB 94
Bad Policy
Center for Rural Health Innovation; establish to provide services and resources to rural hospitals.
Analysis: This bill creates the Mississippi Center for Rural Health Innovation, which is to be an entity operating under the auspices of the State Department of Health. Ironically, this new government entity is tasked with solving a crisis that was brought on by government polices. This is a classic example of government creating an issue (the absence of rural hospitals in this case) and then spending resources to "solve" this problem through a brand new "commission" or "board" or in this case, "center." Certificate of Need Laws in addition with other arbitrary and freedom-threatening government mandates on the health care industry have driven up the cost of providing medical services in Mississippi and effectively priced rural Mississippi out of the healthcare market. Now, the state government wants to spend more taxpayer dollars to fund a "center" to solve this issue. This bill is government hypocrisy at its finest.
10. HB 95
Not Rated
Commissioner of Insurance; provide shall resolve certain disputes between provider and insured regarding billing.
Analysis: This will allow consumers to seek arbitration on hospital/ insurance and billing issues. However, there is no appeals process outside of the Department of Insurance.
11. HB 96
Good Policy
Emergency medical services provider; include fire stations and ambulances in definition under Baby Drop-off Law.
Analysis: This bill changes the definition of "emergency medical services provider" to included fire stations and ambulances that are staffed with full time firefighters or emergency medical personnel. This effectively adds fire stations and staffed ambulances to the list of authorized locations under the "baby drop-off" law. The purpose of this is to increase the number of authorized and monitored locations that a child 3 days or under can be left in order to avoid abandonment of these infants somewhere other than a monitored area.
12. HB 97
Bad Policy
Sell of urine; prohibit and prescribe criminal penalties for violation of.
Analysis: This bill outlaws the sale or distribution of real or synthetic urine for the purpose of affecting the results of a drug test. Penalties of a $1,000 fine and 6 months imprisonment are included. Attempting to cheat a government-administered drug test is already a crime, the crime should belong to the person responsible for the wrongdoing, not anybody who the state deems is loosely-connected with the crime.
13. HB 117
Good Policy
Water well contractor's license; remove requirement that applicant must present three affidavits to the DEQ examining committee.
Analysis: This bill removes a requirement that stipulates that three affidavits must be submitted to the DEQ Examining Committee for the successful application for a Water Well Contractor's license. This removes an unnecessary hurdle that those seeking gainful employment in the Water Well Contractor's field must overcome. The state should be in the business of making it easier to attain employment, not more difficult, and this bill does that by removing arbitrary licensing requirements.
14. HB 124
Good Policy
Nonadjudication of criminal case; includes crimes listed as crimes of violence under Section 97-3-2 for felonies.
Analysis: This bill allows for the non-adjudication of those who enter guilty pleas to crimes of violence. Non-adjudication allows for the court to take rehabilitative measures for qualifying defendants as opposed to jail time. Rehabilitation is always preferable over jail time as it saves the tax payer money and is shown to result in fewer cases of recidivism.
15. HB 127
Neutral
Budget process; bring forward various sections relating to.
Analysis:
16. HB 150
Good Policy
Dentists; provide immunity for providing charitable and emergency services.
Analysis:
17. HB 158
Bad Policy
The Sexual Assault Response For College Students Act; create.
Analysis: This bill creates a universal policy for all colleges and universities in the state regarding sexual assault prevention and response. It provides the institutions of higher learning with broad authorities and responsibilities including the authority to adjudicate alleged incidents regarding sexual crimes. While the goal of this bill is worthy, it saddles our institutions of higher learning with unfunded mandates and raises concerns about the protection of due process with in-house adjudication of these incidents.
18. HB 229
Good Policy
MS Accountability and Transparency Act; revise to include certain counties and municipalities.
Analysis: This bill requires counties with a population of 80,000 or greater and municipalities with a population of 10,000 or greater to maintain an accountability and transparency website. This increases government transparency with the aim of reducing misuse of public funds and enhances the ability of the citizen to know how their tax dollars are being used.
19. HB 230
Neutral
Daylight saving time; observe year-round if federal law is amended to allow it.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that if the United States Congress authorizes states to observe daylight saving time year-round, Mississippi will do so.
20. HB 234
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize issuance to Cold War veterans.
Analysis:
21. HB 241
Good Policy
Sexting by minors; provide as a delinquent act.
Analysis: This bill creates the offense of "sexting by a minor". It is a misdemeanor crime only applicable to minors who transmit indecent images of other minors electronically.
22. HB 263
Bad Policy
School attendance officers; clarify salaries of.
Analysis: This bill raises the salaries of school attendance officers. Raising the salaries of school officials is not a prudent solution to repairing the state of our public education. There are a myriad of needs present in our public education system, higher salaries for school administrators is not one of them.
23. HB 264
Bad Policy
Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol officers and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics officers; clarify salaries of.
Analysis: This bill raises the salaries for all officers of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Every Mississippian has a taxpayer burden of over $11,000 and the state is currently attempting to foot a $14 Billion bill with around $5.7 Billion of assets. The financial reality of the state of Mississippi is one that was reached through reckless government and needless pay increases for government workers. With these numbers in mind it is hard to imagine a legitimate justification for further raising the salaries of government workers.
24. HB 265
Bad Policy
Elected state officers; salaries shall not be more than average of salaries of equivalent officials in adjacent states.
Analysis: This bill raises current salaries for statewide elected officers at a level roughly equivalent to that of adjacent states. There is no justification for a raise in these salaries. Also, as there is no shortage of people who would seek these jobs, their salaries are way above their actual market value.
25. HB 266
Neutral
State contract price; authorize rural water associations to purchase commodities under.
Analysis:
26. HB 273
Good Policy
Municipal judges; authorize to hold court outside municipal boundaries that is more than within a one-mile radius of municipality to accept pleas.
Analysis: This bill allows judges to hold court at locations outside of their municipalities for the purpose of accepting pleas.
27. HB 274
Neutral
HELP Grant Program; align curriculum with changes for college preparatory as required by IHL.
Analysis: This bill removes the stipulation that a student's required high school coursework for acceptance into the HELP grant program include specific coursework. This lessens the requirement from having completed specific coursework to having simply completed enough coursework to graduate from high school.
28. HB 278
Neutral
Sixteenth section land; authorize leasing of certain land by cities/counties for less than minimum percentage of market value under certain circumstances.
Analysis:
29. HB 282
Good Policy
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; allow municipalities to authorize operation on municipal streets.
Analysis: This bill authorizes local municipalities to be the sole deciders on road permits for Golf carts and low-speed vehicles in their jurisdiction. Decentralization of authority on trivial matters such as permits for golf carts and other low-speed vehicles is prudent as local government is typically more equipped to handle these local issues.
30. HB 297
Neutral
Absentee voting; require votes to be cast electronically in registrar's office or by mail.
Analysis:
31. HB 322
Good Policy
Veterans; establish a permissive preference in private employment for certain veterans.
Analysis: This bill protects businesses who wish to give preference to honorably discharged veterans, unremarried widows of deceased honorably discharged veterans who died in the line of duty, and spouses of people with total disabilities when hiring. As a general rule the government should not be regulating who private businesses should or should not hire. However, businesses being allowed to give preference to a certain group of potential employees is integral to their freedom and this bill protects that albeit under a narrow set of circumstances.
32. HB 326
Good Policy
Cottage food operation; increase maximum annual gross sales to $35,000.00 and authorize to advertise over the Internet.
Analysis: This bill raises the amount of gross sales a cottage food operation may generate before being subject to food establishment fees and authorizes them to advertise over the internet. Businesses should not be subject to arbitrary government sales caps, especially ones that incentivize making less money. Raising the cap from $20,000 to $35,000 is a step in the right direction, however, government caps on how successful a business is allowed to be before government retribution is levied denigrates the freedom of our market and effectively caps our economic potential.
33. HB 336
Neutral
Mississippi Workforce Development Study Committee; create.
Analysis: This bill creates Mississippi Workforce Development Study Committee whose function is to review the curriculum of K-12 schools and offer to the legislature a set of findings and recommendations for our public schools.
34. HB 340
Not Rated
Sales tax; exempt sale of tangible personal property or services to Itawamba Crossroads Ranch, Inc.
Analysis:
35. HB 341
Bad Policy
Career and technical education programs; require SBE and MCCB to collaborate for administration of.
Analysis: This bill spends more taxpayer dollars on the creation of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program. This program sets up awards in the amount of $1,000 for every school district that has a student earn an industry certification. It also increases the amount that each public school receives as a grant for every student involved in technical education from $800 to $1,000. Although technical education is a worthy cause, this bill authorizes additional expenditures towards these programs that are unnecessary.
36. HB 347
Not Rated
Uninsured Motorist Act; provide coverage for claims involving person or entity immune under MTCA.
Analysis:
37. HB 353
Bad Policy
Persons who violate final orders, resolutions or ordinances of local government; require to pay attorney fees to enforce orders, resolutions/ordinances.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that if a local government must file a civil action to enforce an order, resolution or ordinance that the person in violation of the order must pay all court costs and attorney fees. The responsibility of enforcing ordinances belongs to the government body enforcing them. This bill passes the responsibility of law enforcement from the government to the citizens by wrongly asking them to further subsidize their own prosecution.
38. HB 359
Good Policy
Motor vehicles; delete five-day requirement regarding towing and storage of.
Analysis: This bill removes the 5 day waiting period required of a property owner who wishes to have a another person's vehicle towed from their property. This protects the property rights of property owners. If an issue arises from the removal of this regulation the 2 interested parties can handle it amongst themselves or in court.
39. HB 360
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate segment of U.S. Highway 50 in Lowndes County as 'Senator William 'Bill' Canon Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
40. HB 363
Neutral
Motor vehicles; add exception for title and/or registration upon selling for wrecker and auto repair service businesses.
Analysis: This bill allows an automotive repair service or wrecker service to sell a vehicle that is legal being held as merchandise regardless of whose name is on the title.
41. HB 373
Neutral
Conditional medical release; prohibit offenders convicted of capital murder from receiving.
Analysis: This bill removes the right of those convicted of capital murder to be placed on conditional medical release.
42. HB 378
Neutral
Community colleges; authorize boards of trustees to approve certain policies permitting out-of-state tuition waivers.
Analysis: This bill makes it easier for community colleges to waive out-of-state tuition, requiring board approval.
43. HB 379
Bad Policy
Mississippi Marketplace Facilitator Act of 2020; create.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the state to tax, regulate and audit online "marketplace facilitators" (companies that facilitate the online buying and selling of personal property). It also includes a provision that allows this tax to be passed on to those who purchase items through the facilitator. This bill is an attempt by the state government to become involved in the growing online market of personal property. This state involvement in these online marketplaces will surely raise costs in this marketplace and make these online facilitators less inclined to operate with potential sellers/buyers in Mississippi.
44. HB 407
Neutral
Reverse auction; revise method of receiving bids through for agencies and governing authorities.
Analysis: Revises rules for reverse auction requirements to give certain flexibility to local governments.
45. HB 408
Not Rated
Credit for reinsurance; provide requirements for.
Analysis:
46. HB 412
Good Policy
State Veterans Affairs Board; authorize to sell or dispose of surplus property of veterans nursing homes and cemeteries.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the State Veterans Affairs Board to sell surplus property from veteran's nursing homes and cemeteries. The sale of unneeded materials for the benefit of state entities is an effective way for the state to raise money and lower the burden on the taxpayer.
47. HB 414
Good Policy
Anatomical gifts; prohibit discrimination against recipient based on disability.
Analysis: This bill makes it unlawful for a medical provider to give preference to someone without a disability over someone with one when performing organ transplants. There is no hierarchy when it comes to the value of human life. Medical service providers should not be in the business of measuring the worth of one life over the other, and then using that to decide who gets an organ transplant, and who doesn't. This bill protects the life of all of those on the organ transplant waiting list, and ensures that a truly fair and just process exists pertaining to life-saving organ transplants.
48. HB 415
Neutral
Counties; authorize boards of supervisors to pay county employees every two weeks.
Analysis:
49. HB 444
Neutral
Municipal menaced property; make certain clarifying revisions regarding.
Analysis:
50. HB 445
Good Policy
State veterans nursing homes; authorize to operate group purchasing programs jointly with other public entities.
Analysis: This bill authorizes state veterans nursing homes to participate in group purchasing programs with other public entities.
51. HB 447
Neutral
Highway sign; authorize erection of on MS Hwy 25 near Pisgah exit to honor Olympic Gold Medalist Tori Bowie.
Analysis:
52. HB 448
Neutral
Mississippi Veterans Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund; create.
Analysis: This bill creates the Mississippi Veterans Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund. This new fund would be used for the administration, renovation, maintenance and operation of the Mississippi Veterans Cemeteries.
53. HB 450
Bad Policy
Chronic wasting disease; require testing of white-tailed deer harvested in enclosures, and designate Class I and II violations.
Analysis: This bill requires that all who have white-tailed deer in any type of enclosure test those deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It goes even further to say that Wildlife Personnel have the authority to forcibly enter the enclosure and any other within 5 miles and use lethal collection methods to further test deer for CWD. While the intention here is good, the health of an enclosure of deer is not a legitimate basis to invade the property rights of Mississippians by forcibly entering their property.
54. HB 461
Neutral
Workers' Compensation Law; revise various provisions of.
Analysis:
55. HB 467
Good Policy
Law enforcement officers; allow off-duty use of official vehicles while performing certain volunteer services in off-duty hours.
Analysis: The committee substitute for this bill allows off-duty law enforcement officers to use the official police vehicle, weapon, and uniform while performing volunteer services while off-duty.
56. HB 468
Not Rated
Mississippi Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act; revise.
Analysis:
57. HB 477
Neutral
Memorial highways; designate.
Analysis:
58. HB 493
Neutral
Counties; may also maintain electronic format of law books in courtrooms and in county public law libraries.
Analysis:
59. HB 494
Bad Policy
County purchases; increase the minimum acquisition costs of items and services for certain purposes.
Analysis: This bill raises the maximum amount a county can spend on any one purchase without reporting the purchase to the state government from $1,500 to $2,000. If anything, more oversight on what our tax dollars are spent on is necessary, not less.
60. HB 499
Neutral
Memorial Highway; designate U.S. Highway 45 in Alcorn County and Prentiss County as 'Speaker William J. 'Billy' McCoy Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
61. HB 524
Neutral
Disaster Assistance Trust Fund; expand uses of and increase maximum amount that may be transferred to.
Analysis: This bill authorizes two more possible uses for the Disaster Assistance Trust Fund and increases the maximum amount that may be transferred to that fund from the reserve fund during one fiscal year from $1 Million to $2 Million.
62. HB 529
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate certain segment of MS Highway 15 in Newton and Neshoba counties as 'Judge Marcus D. Gordon Memorial Highway'.
Analysis:
63. HB 531
Neutral
Counties and municipalities; encourage to exchange information with military installations relating to land use and development.
Analysis: This bill encourages counties and municipalities to coordinate more closely with military installations in the state for zoning purposes.
64. HB 544
Neutral
DUI suspension; clarify when the 120 day suspensions begins.
Analysis: This bill clarifies that the date of license suspension begins on the day that the judge signs the order, not the day of the alleged offense.
65. HB 547
Neutral
MS Workers' Compensation Commission; return to a special fund agency.
Analysis: This bill sets up a special Administrative Expense fund for the MS Worker's Compensation Commission. As it stands, these funds come from the state general fund, this bill creates a fund especially for the purpose of administrative expenses of the commission.
66. HB 551
Bad Policy
'Mississippi Seafood Marketing Law of 2020'; enact to require consumer notice and labeling of country of origin on all foreign and imported seafood.
Analysis: This bill provides for needless government overregulation on a market that is already sufficiently regulated by the FDA. This legislation also authorizes the state government to enter the premises of seafood distributors without any court action and forcibly seize their products for the purposes of testing; all of this in the name of ensuring proper labeling that is already required by the Food and Drug Administration. This legislation provides yet another way for the state government to waste taxpayer dollars in the faux pursuit of "consumer protection".
67. HB 561
Bad Policy
Haul seine net; prohibit use of for taking of certain fish within one-half mile of the shoreline of Cat Island.
Analysis: This bill makes it unlawful to use haul seine nets within one-half mile of the shoreline off of Cat island. This arbitrary regulation needlessly restricts the freedom of Mississippi's fishermen.
68. HB 565
Bad Policy
Bonds; authorize issuance for grants and loans to assist with acquisition of and improvements to North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the issuance of bonds to fund the repair and renovation of the North Oak Regional Medical Center in Senatobia. While some bonds are better than others the state is no position to be incurring more debt through the issuance of new bonds.
69. HB 576
Good Policy
Livestock on highways; delete burden on owner of livestock to prove lack of negligence when damages from.
Analysis: As it stands, in the event of livestock wandering onto state roads and causing an accident, the burden is on the owner of the livestock to prove that he was not negligent in allowing the livestock to wander onto the road per state law. This is akin to holding that the livestock owner is guilty first, and must prove his innocence. This stipulation violates the principle of "innocent and until proven guilty" and this bill removes that stipulation from state law.
70. HB 597
Neutral
Department of Revenue; authorize to revise individual income tax forms to allow taxpayer to designate two bank accounts for direct deposit.
Analysis:
71. HB 632
Good Policy
Riparian owner rights; revise for purposes of state-owned lands on Deer Island.
Analysis:
72. HB 636
Bad Policy
Homeowners' associations; regulate managing agents of and require financial reviews by.
Analysis: This bill needlessly regulates the activities of Homeowner's Associations. This overregulation will cause HOA fees to increase and will generally hinder the ability of HOAs to operate.
73. HB 638
Good Policy
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions regarding when an application for change of property assessment may be made.
Analysis: This bill provides a tax assessor with an opportunity to change, decrease or cancel an assessment due to any extenuating circumstances with the property being assessed. It also provides an avenue for the owner of the taxed property to make an application for a change in the assessment amount to the board of supervisors. This legislation offers a common-sense solution to property owners who feel that their ad valorem taxes are too high.
74. HB 639
Bad Policy
Manufactured and mobile homes; require certain notice to tax collector when relocated from another county.
Analysis: This legislation requires that an owner of a manufactured or mobile home inform the county tax collector in the event that he or she moves the home from one county to another. Failure to do so would result in a fine. It is not the people's responsibility to do the government's record-keeping for them. A requirement to complete government paperwork for a simple move from one county to another under threat of fines is not conservative or liberty-minded.
75. HB 649
Bad Policy
Department of Marine Resources Enforcement Officers' Reserve Unit; revise provisions regulating.
Analysis: This bill allows for members of the Enforcement Officers' Reserve Unit to receive pay and be considered bonafide state employees for the purposes of state retirement, health and life insurance, and workers compensation. There is simply no justification for the creation of new government employees at this time that will further burden the tax payer.
76. HB 653
Neutral
Transportation funding; authorize public-private partnerships to include naming rights.
Analysis:
77. HB 654
Good Policy
Beer and light wine; allow certain cities and towns with population of 1,000 or more to hold elections to permit the sale of.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that any city or town having a population of more than one thousand people and located in a county that has no city or town with a population of more than two thousand five hundred people may hold a vote to determine the legality of the sale, transportation, possession and use of alcohol in their town or city. Every city and town in Mississippi should have the right to hold a vote in this subject, regardless of arbitrary requirements on population size. However, this bill does expand freedom for Mississippians living in those towns.
78. HB 658
Good Policy
Expungement; revise provisions for eligibility.
Analysis: This bill expands the number of convictions related to controlled substances that are eligible for expungement. This will make it easier for non-violent offenders to become employed and will reduce chances of recidivism.
79. HB 666
Bad Policy
Gifted education; require school districts to provide for students in Grades 7 and 8.
Analysis: Current state law requires gifted programs for grades 2-6, this bill expands that requirement to 7th and 8th grade. This is an unfunded mandate that requires schools to stretch their existing resources thinner to meet this state requirement. Each individual school district knows best how to spend their resources.
80. HB 667
Neutral
Public special purpose schools; clarify provision related to administrative and licensed instructional personnel of.
Analysis:
81. HB 669
Good Policy
Tate County School Board; require to consolidate system of high schools by closing Coldwater High School.
Analysis: The committee substitute for this bill closes the Coldwater High School in Tate County. It cites the high school's consistent low performance ratings and low percentage of Tate County's overall enrollment (4%) as reasons to close the school. Coldwater High School students would be spread proportionately among Strayhorn and Independence High Schools. This change closes a school whose students can be accommodated by other schools in the area and brings about a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
82. HB 672
Good Policy
State Department of Education; permit to receive various contributions from public or private donors.
Analysis:
83. HB 676
Neutral
State and School Health Insurance Management Board; authorize State Agency executive heads to designate to serve in his or her capacity.
Analysis:
84. HB 679
Neutral
State Board of Health; extend repealer on authority to charge fees for services based on cost of service.
Analysis:
85. HB 681
Neutral
State Port Authority; extend repealer on authority to use design-build method for certain projects.
Analysis:
86. HB 684
Neutral
Forest acreage tax; extend repealer on statute requiring counties to levy.
Analysis: This bill extends the repeal of the forest acreage tax.
87. HB 685
Good Policy
State offenders; extend repealer on authority to house in county jails when state space is unavailable.
Analysis:
88. HB 686
Good Policy
Patient's Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act & prohibitions against deceptive advertising by providers; extend repealers on.
Analysis: This bill continues the repeal of penalties included in the Patient's Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act. As it stands, all penalties under this act are repealed, this bill extends that repeal until 2023. Government penalties for improper advertising erode personal responsibility and heighten the role of government in our daily lives. Being an informed consumer of goods and services in the modern world with services like Yelp and others is not difficult and we do not need the state to belittle it's citizens with an act that acts as if citizens are simply not smart enough to make these decisions on their own. Arbitrary penalties for doctors and other medical professionals that may occasionally fail to meet the government's often rigorous advertising standards only serve to provide one more way government can take money from the small businesses in the medical field and use it to fund the next needless government expenditure.
89. HB 687
Not Rated
Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation; extend repealer on requirement that audits be submitted by Nov. 15.
Analysis: This bill extends the deadline at which the Mississippi Boll Weevil Corporation must submit their audit to the Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The deadline was previously set for November 15, 2019, it is now set at November 15, 2022.
90. HB 688
Good Policy
MS Pharmacy Practice Act; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill extends the repeal of the stipulation that deceptive medical advertisements are grounds for license revocation. The state government has no business regulating medical advertisements and certainly has no business revoking occupational licenses on those grounds.
91. HB 689
Neutral
Petroleum Products Inspection Law; extend repealers on definitions and penalties under.
Analysis: This renews the petroleum products inspection law until 2023.
92. HB 691
Not Rated
Auto insurance; delete repealer on statute requiring repair shop and lienholder as additional payees on check paying claim.
Analysis:
93. HB 697
Neutral
Ad valorem taxes; extend reverter on authority for late payment without penalty or interest when exemption was inadvertently extended.
Analysis:
94. HB 708
Neutral
Pharmacy Benefit Prompt Pay Act; revise various provisions of.
Analysis:
95. HB 721
Neutral
Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program; authorize an additional round for counties and municipalities.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the state to further fund the Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Program at a level that would allow all stations under this program to receive funds for an additional fire truck.
96. HB 730
Neutral
Municipalities; authorize those of certain size to conduct special elections at one polling place.
Analysis: This bill authorizes municipalities to close down polling places for consolidation of polling places at one location.
97. HB 736
Neutral
Counties; authorize to offer Medicare eligible county employees supplemental benefits if employees secure Medicare in lieu of using county insurance.
Analysis: This bill gives county employees the ability to secure healthcare coverage either from Medicaid or the county health insurance program at no cost to the county.
98. HB 741
Not Rated
Use tax; revise certain provisions regarding funds distributed to municipalities/counties for road and bridge improvements.
Analysis: This bill adds drainage improvements related to roads, streets and bridges to the list of improvements covered by the special state fund for infrastructure maintenance. The bill also specifies that municipalities are not authorized to use more than 75% of the funds granted from this special fund for the repayment of bonds issued or other debt incurred by the municipality.
99. HB 744
Bad Policy
Insurance premium discount for hurricane or windstorm damage mitigation; include commercial property.
Analysis: This bill requires insurance companies to offer discounted rates for wind coverage for businesses and homes. This is not only a blatant violation of free-market/conservative principles, but is bad for the economy, bad for business, and ultimately bad for the consumer. Property owners must be responsible for the land that they own and the risk of environmental dangers to property is a risk that you take on when owning property. There is no compelling reason or unjust action here that warrants government intrusion. Insurance policies are contracts agreed to by two independent parties. In areas where wind damage is more likely to occur, insurance policies for wind damage will be more expensive; this makes sense in the free market and is to be expected. Legislation that sets prices for wind coverage policies de-incentivizes insurance companies from operating in the state which in turn lessens competition and drives up overall costs. The most efficient and fair exchange always comes when two parties bent on coming to a fair deal are on equal footing in a fair and free market. This bill inserts the government into the middle of an otherwise fair dealing between the insurance companies and the property owner, driving up costs for all and blatantly ignoring small government, free-market, conservative principles.
100. HB 750
Good Policy
Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983; exempt certain records of Workers' Compensation Commission from definition of public records.
Analysis: This bill exempts any records of the Mississippi Worker's Compensation Commission that include personal, private or identifying information of any person from the definition of "public records". Filing a workman's compensation claim should not subject someone to having their personal information included in the public record.
101. HB 751
Neutral
Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program; remove requirement that the Department of Education administer with the FNMA.
Analysis:
102. HB 752
Good Policy
Freestanding emergency room; allow to be established near location of a recently closed hospital.
Analysis:
103. HB 755
Neutral
Community colleges; authorize boards of trustees to waive out-of-state tuition to certain students upon agreement to remain in the state.
Analysis: Gives community colleges the ability to waive out-of-state tuition costs. However, if a students accepts this agreement, they must remain in the state for 2 years upon completion or they will be required to pay back waived tuition plus interest.
104. HB 756
Not Rated
Walnut Grove Correctional Facility; require DFA to ascertain certain cost estimates to make repairs at the facility.
Analysis:
105. HB 757
Neutral
School mobile panic button program; require Department of Education to develop and implement in K-12 public schools.
Analysis: This bill requires every public school district to implement a school mobile panic button program. This program would be an app that could be used by anyone in a public school to alert authorities in the event of an emergency situation.
106. HB 758
Bad Policy
State judges; provide for increase in the annual salaries of.
Analysis: This bill increases the salaries of our state's judges and justices. While our judges provide a valuable service, the reality of our state's financial situation is such that it is not prudent to be raising salaries for any state employee. Every Mississippian has a taxpayer burden of over $11,000 and the state is currently attempting to foot a $14 Billion bill with around $5.7 Billion of assets. This bill is out of line with what ought to be the legislature's priorities and continues a pattern of reckless spending increases.
107. HB 768
Neutral
Mississippi Board of Mental Health; authorize to sell certain state-owned real property located in Meridian, Lauderdale County, MS.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the Mississippi Board of Mental Health to sell the state-owned property that used to be the Old Friendship Center in Meridian.
108. HB 770
Bad Policy
'Trauma-Informed Discipline Practices Act; enact to establish procedures to assess and mediate effects of traumatic events in schools.
Analysis: This requires every public school district to submit a state plan in accordance with MDE regulations concerning adverse childhood experiences.
109. HB 772
Neutral
Outdoor advertisement signs; revise height requirements for.
Analysis:
110. HB 773
Not Rated
Commercial Lines Modernization Act; enact.
Analysis:
111. HB 775
Bad Policy
Home inspector license; require applicants to undergo certain background checks.
Analysis: This bill requires a background check for someone to obtain home inspector licensure. The free market is best equipped to determine if someone is suited to become a home inspector, not the state government.
112. HB 777
Neutral
Counselors; revise certain provisions of licensing laws.
Analysis:
113. HB 782
Good Policy
Certificate of rehabilitation; authorize those convicted in another state to apply for a.
Analysis: This bill authorizes Mississippi inmates who were convicted of felonies out of state to apply for certificates of rehabilitation in Mississippi. These certificates will be easier to obtain for these inmates with the change offered in this legislation.
114. HB 785
Good Policy
Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine; authorize sales and purchase of certain products containing without a prescription.
Analysis:
115. HB 811
Neutral
Traffic accidents; require to move vehicle to certain locations in certain situations on a highway.
Analysis:
116. HB 823
Neutral
Coastal Wetlands Protection Act; revise definitions to include 'ordinary high water mark'.
Analysis:
117. HB 824
Bad Policy
Election commissioners; authorize per diem for primary and runoff election days in addition to general and special election days.
Analysis: This bill authorizes per diem pay to election commissioners on the days of primary and runoff elections. This expenditure solves no existing problem in the election process and only serves to increase the tax burden on the people of Mississippi.
118. HB 827
Good Policy
Department of Marine Resources Chief Financial Officer; revise the qualifications for.
Analysis: Adds CPAs as a potential qualification for CFO at the Department of Marine Resources.
119. HB 835
Neutral
Littering violations; add assessment for LSBP funds.
Analysis: This bill raises the fine for littering violations from $50 to $100 and stipulates that $50 of the fine must go towards bridge replacement and rehabilitation.
120. HB 837
Bad Policy
Health insurance policies; require certain to provide infertility coverage and establish pilot program in State Health Plan.
Analysis: This bill requires insurance companies to provide coverage for any medically necessary treatments of infertility, including in-vitro fertilization and artificial insemination. Government mandates requiring private entities such as insurance companies to alter in any way the service they provide to their customers denigrates the legitimacy of the free-market and ultimately raises costs for the buyer and supplier of insurance policies.
121. HB 838
Good Policy
Driver's license; require Department of Public Safety to allow official identifying document of MDOC to suffice for.
Analysis: Allows official MDOC documents as qualifying documents in lieu of a birth certificate or social security card for ex-offenders. This will make it easier for ex-offenders to get a driver's license.
122. HB 851
Good Policy
Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force; revise composition of.
Analysis: This bill adds one additional member to the Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force Committee whose role will be to advocate for "offenders and families". This member is to be appointed by the Governor. The addition of a new member to the committee whose sole purpose is to advocate for this often under-represented group has the potential to bring about positive change from within government.
123. HB 858
Bad Policy
Alcohol; revise certain provisions regarding authority of Department of Revenue to dispose of seized alcohol.
Analysis: This bill slightly increases the parameters under which law enforcement may dispose of alcoholic beverages and "raw materials" connected with the production of alcoholic beverages. The state should not be in the business of seizing property as it pertains to alcohol in the first place, and surely should not be wastefully disposing of these materials. At the very least the state should sell this property at a profit and use the newly acquired funds to lessen the burden of the taxpayer.
124. HB 859
Neutral
Taxation; amend certain sections of law to make interest rates for various unpaid taxes consistent with rates provided in other sections of law.
Analysis:
125. HB 861
Good Policy
Taxation; authorize Commissioner of Revenue to reduce a tax assessment based on additional information after order of Board of Tax Appeals.
Analysis: This bill provides a 60 day window to taxpayers who feel they overpaid on taxes during which they can submit information and documentation showing their overpayment in the pursuit of a tax reduction. This will help keep Mississippians from overpaying on their taxes and keep money that they shouldn't owe in their pockets.
126. HB 862
Neutral
Ad valorem tax; revise penalty for failure of public service corporations to render schedules of property to Department of Revenue for assessment purposes.
Analysis:
127. HB 863
Neutral
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions relating to assessment of public service corporations.
Analysis:
128. HB 864
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue; allow department appraisers to receive certain pay increases upon completing certain training.
Analysis: This bill authorizes a pay increase for appraisers that complete extra training. The state of Mississippi already imposes a huge tax burden on its citizens. This bill is out of line with what should be the state's priorities and hands another tax burden to Mississippians without sufficient cause.
129. HB 865
Neutral
Sales tax; revise provisions regarding denial/revocation of permit due to unpaid taxes.
Analysis:
130. HB 866
Neutral
Fuel and lubricating oil taxes; remove bond limit and class distinctions for certain distributors, require electronic filing of returns.
Analysis:
131. HB 869
Neutral
Motor vehicle title; change vehicle age from 10 to 20 years for odometer disclosure exemption.
Analysis: As it stands, in the event of a sale of a vehicle aged 10 years or under, the seller must disclose the exact mileage of the vehicle. This bill raises that threshold to 20 years or younger. As a result, all vehicles sold in Mississippi that are 20 years or younger must come included with the exact mileage information. This change in law reflects the current federal law on the matter.
132. HB 870
Neutral
IHL Board of Trustees; require appointments to be made by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House.
Analysis: This bill gives the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor the power to make IHL appointments in addition to the governor.
133. HB 881
Not Rated
House Rule 11A; amend to authorize personal staff for each member of the House.
Analysis:
134. HB 884
Bad Policy
Sales tax; divert certain sales tax revenue to special fund for state parks improvement.
Analysis: This bill creates the Mississippi Park Fund and the State Parks Repair, Renovation and Capital Improvements Fund. These are to be funded by an added tax on businesses operating on the property of state parks. State parks are public property that those businesses already paid for through their regular taxes. This bill de-incentivizes businesses from operating through a tax that defeats the purpose of public parks, which is to provide for an area for public use at no further expense to the taxpayer.
135. HB 888
Neutral
Student club funds; clarify use and accounting practices by school districts.
Analysis:
136. HB 917
Good Policy
Light spirit products; define as no more than 4% alcoholic content by weight, and regulate same as beer and light wine.
Analysis:
137. HB 940
Good Policy
Financial institutions; authorize to delay a transaction upon good-faith belief that eligible person will be exploited.
Analysis: This bill authorizes financial institutions to delay a transaction if they believe the transaction involves the exploitation of the customer who requested it. As a general rule, financial authorizations, as private entities, should be free to make these judgement calls on their own without being granted government authority.
138. HB 954
Neutral
ABC Division officers; compensation shall be determined by special plan approved by Personnel Board.
Analysis: This bill changes the device through which the amount of compensation received by officers of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Division and the Department of Revenue shall be determined. The amount of compensation will be determined by the State Personnel Board through a special plan that takes into account the cost of travel for these officers.
139. HB 977
Neutral
Oil and gas severance; revise date by taxes are due.
Analysis:
140. HB 978
Good Policy
Hazing; increase penalties for.
Analysis: This bill creates the offense "Hazing in the 3rd degree". The main difference here is that 3rd degree hazing is a felony, while 1st and 2nd degree hazing are misdemeanor crimes. Other offenses for hazing, 1st and 2nd degree, did not include stipulations for forced alcohol consumption, which this new offense does. This 3rd degree crime covers serious bodily injury as well as death. Ultimately this bill increases penalties for hazing and provides for separate and distinct offenses under the law for hazing related injuries and deaths. Hazing injuries and deaths have become commonplace nationwide. The proper sentencing of offenders of these crimes is just and helps to discourage further incidents like these from occurring on college campuses.
141. HB 982
Neutral
Nonadmitted policy fee; delete repealer on and revise distribution of.
Analysis:
142. HB 983
Bad Policy
Mississippi Board of Nursing;authorize to collect certain costs and establish procedure for collection.
Analysis:
143. HB 984
Neutral
Mississippi Board of Nursing; revise the notice required for special meeting of.
Analysis: This bill removes the stipulation that written and mailed notices must be utilized to distribute meeting times for the Mississippi Board of Nursing. It also does away with the requirement that notices of meeting times must be made available at least 10 days prior to the meeting.
144. HB 993
Good Policy
Elections; provide penalties for persons who publish campaign materials without certain identifying information.
Analysis: This bill establishes a set of penalties for any candidate, political committee or other political actor that fails to clearly identify required information in campaign publications. Information such as who paid for a political publication, who endorses or approves of the publication and who produced the publication is vital information to the voter and it's inclusion on all printed and online campaign material helps keep our elections fair and democratic.
145. HB 994
Good Policy
Teacher licensure; revise qualifications for candidates to enter an approved teacher education program.
Analysis: This bill allows teachers to receive their licenses with an SAT equivalent to an ACT score of 21 and removes the 3.0 GPA requirement in pre-major coursework. The 2.75 GPA standard remains in effect.
146. HB 999
Bad Policy
Amusement rides; provide inspection and incident reporting requirements for.
Analysis: This bill places a host of new regulations on amusement rides and those that operate them. This will make operating a business in Mississippi more expensive and difficult which will drive prices up and quality of service down.
147. HB 1000
Neutral
Public property; provide for extinguishment of reverter clause on certain real property upon transfer to the National Park Service.
Analysis: This bill relinquishes all rights the state of Mississippi has over the plot of land including the Medgar Evers home in the event that Tougaloo College should turn over the land to the National Park Service or similar agency of the United States Government.
148. HB 1016
Neutral
Unused ballots; provide for the retention and destruction of.
Analysis: This bill sets a policy for what to do with unused, void, and protested ballots after an election takes place. The bill stipulates that the ballots will be retained for a number of months and then discarded of if not used.
149. HB 1017
Not Rated
2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund; revise purposes for which City of Bruce may use funds received from.
Analysis: This bill widens the parameters under which the city if Bruce may use funds from the 2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund to include the "Construction of walking and bicycle trails at the city's park."
150. HB 1018
Neutral
Church Protection Act; revise how a church is required to maintain reords of its security team.
Analysis: This bill requires churches to maintain the identification numbers of any law enforcement officers who are members of the church's registered security team.
151. HB 1024
Good Policy
Habitual offender; revise penalties for.
Analysis: This bill enacts sentencing reforms that limit the application of long prison sentences under Mississippi’s “three strikes” habitual law for nonviolent drug offenses. Rehabilitation and return of non-violent offenders to society keeps the taxpayer from footing an even more costly bill for the state's justice system, puts more fathers back into what would be fatherless homes, and helps solve the current crisis of prison-overcrowding.
152. HB 1027
Bad Policy
Emerging Crops Fund; increase maximum loan amount and total bonding authority under.
Analysis: Under current state law The Mississippi Development Authority is authorized to give loans to agribusiness or greenhouse production horticulture enterprises up to the amount of $200,000. This bill increases that maximum loan amount to $250,000. Currently the MDA is also authorized to issue bonds to the Emerging Crops Fund in an amount up to $109 Million. This bill increases that maximum to $114 Million. The state of Mississippi is in no financial state to be increasing the maximum amount of loans the states can issue to any business or organization.
153. HB 1028
Good Policy
Air Operating Permit Program fees; revise laws relating to.
Analysis: This bill reorganizes the fee system for the Air Operation Permit Program Fee Trust Fund. It creates a balanced fund that assesses annual fees but only in the amount that is equal to the cost of the Title V program for which the fund is intended. If the fund is endowed with enough money to fully fund the program, no more fees are to be assessed. This balanced fund meets a federal requirement intended to keep the states' environmental protection efforts fully funded. This federal requirement comes with the stipulation that should the states fail to provide an adequate fund structure for certain Title V (clean air) efforts, federal agencies would step in and subject the state to its regulations. This bill puts into place a fair and balanced fund structure for the Air Operation Permit Program Fee Trust Fund and meets a federal requirement that will keep Mississippi in control of its environmental regulations as opposed to the federal agencies.
154. HB 1034
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tags; revise provisions regarding issuance of various veterans tags.
Analysis:
155. HB 1040
Neutral
Agencies, departments and institutions; require to report workforce monies received and how those monies were spent to the SWIB each year.
Analysis: This bill requires state agencies to submit a report to the Mississippi State Workforce Investment Board listing all funds received by the agency for the purpose of workforce training as well as in what capacity those funds were expended.
156. HB 1058
Good Policy
Trust fund; authorize hospitals to maintain fund consisting of commingled funds of other hospitals for necessary expenses.
Analysis: This bill authorizes hospitals to maintain a shared trust fund with another hospital of different ownership. Private entities ought to have the right to do with their funds as they please, this bill restores one of those rights.
157. HB 1063
Neutral
Certificate of educational recognition for tax assessors; authorize Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service to issue.
Analysis:
158. HB 1071
Good Policy
Property exempt from seizure under execution or attachment; include Roth individual retirement accounts.
Analysis: This bill adds money included in Roth IRAs to the list of items unavailable for seizure by the state government. While all personal property should be exempt from government seizure, this bill is still a step in the right direction.
159. HB 1080
Good Policy
Toll roads; revise maximum length of time for public private partnership agreement.
Analysis: This bill weakens a government regulation on the length of public private partnership agreements for toll roads.
160. HB 1081
Neutral
Local System Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Fund; revise allocation formula.
Analysis:
161. HB 1086
Good Policy
Mississippi Liquor Distribution Corporation Law; create.
Analysis: This bill privatizes to a small degree control over the import and sale of alcoholic beverages in the state. While the state should completely relinquish control over the alcoholic beverage market, this bill is a step in the right direction.
162. HB 1087
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; revise policy of the state regarding prohibition of possession of.
Analysis: This bill relates the people of Mississippi from the alcohol prohibition present in many places throughout the state. This bill makes the "possession" of alcohol specifically legal throughout the state. The transportation, sale and manufacture of alcohol is not brought up in this bill, but legalizing the possession of alcohol statewide is a huge step in the right direction and a victory for personal responsibility and liberty.
163. HB 1088
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; allow individuals to purchase wine from a winery and have the wine shipped to a package retailer in this state.
Analysis: This bill allows wine to be shipped into the state by citizens for personal use so long as the wine is shipped to a licensed package retailer. As it stands, the Department of Revenue has the sole right to import and sell alcoholic beverages in the state. This bill is another step in the right direction in the pursuit of freedom from Mississippi's antiquated prohibition laws.
164. HB 1089
Neutral
Mississippi Development Authority; bring forward various sections relating to.
Analysis:
165. HB 1090
Neutral
Tourism project sales tax incentive program; revise definition of 'tourism project,' extend authority of MDA to approve participants.
Analysis:
166. HB 1091
Bad Policy
Mississippi Educational Talent Recruitment Act; create.
Analysis: This bill creates a massive government expenditure aimed at incentivizing college graduates to work and live in Mississippi. The entire expenditure, equal to at least a 50% rebate (100% in some cases) on 5 years worth of state income taxes for every eligible Mississippian, however, is funded by borrowed money in the form of bonds. Under this program college graduates who agree to work and live in Mississippi for 5 years after graduation are promised either a 50% or full rebate on their state income taxes for those 5 years after their 5 year obligation. At first glance this appears to be a massive tax decrease but in reality the state of Mississippi is funding the entire program through the sale of bonds that do not spend existing state money but add to the state's already mounting debt. This bill is grossly irresponsible financially and will only serve to further saddle Mississippians young and old with piles of debt.
167. HB 1095
Bad Policy
Hunting license; require to be suspended if determined that death or injury occurred because of negligence.
Analysis: This bill requires the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to suspend someone's hunting license if it is deemed that a serious injury or death occurred because of that person's negligent use of the license. As we already have a court system that is in the practice of adjudicating who is and is not responsible for any serous injury or death, this bill is unnecessary. This bill is giving to the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks a power that should be reserved to the judiciary. Executive agencies should not be in the business of assigning liability to citizens and handing down punishments without a ruling from a court.
168. HB 1096
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; remove DOR from being wholesale distributor, authorize issuance of wine distributor permits.
Analysis: This bill removes the power of the Department of Revenue to act as a wine distributor and authorizes holders of wine distributor permits to act in that capacity. This bill makes the market for wine slightly more free.
169. HB 1103
Neutral
MS Real Estate Commission; authorize an appeal to act as a supersedeas and to stay any rule or decision until resolved.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that any order, rule or decision issued by the Mississippi Real Estate Commission shall not go into effect so long as an appeal of that order is issued within 30 days of the order.
170. HB 1104
Good Policy
Occupational Licensing Review Commission; authorize to review certain existing occupational regulations to determine compliance with state policy.
Analysis: Allows the OLRC to review regulations dating back to 2012. Ideally, we would like to give OLRC the authority to review ALL regulations, but this is a positive step.
171. HB 1106
Neutral
Community college board of trustees; provide for the selection of for Hinds Community College District.
Analysis:
172. HB 1127
Neutral
Durable legal guardianship; revise provisions regarding.
Analysis:
173. HB 1128
Bad Policy
Court ordered home study; revise fee.
Analysis: This bill raises the fee for court ordered home studies.
174. HB 1129
Neutral
Termination of parental rights; clarify jurisdiction of county and youth courts.
Analysis:
175. HB 1130
Neutral
State Domestic Violence Fund; remove match requirement.
Analysis: This bill removes a requirement that all state funded grants to a domestic violence shelter must be matched at at least 25% by local funds.
176. HB 1131
Neutral
Child custody orders; change reference to certain terms.
Analysis:
177. HB 1134
Neutral
Out-of-State Adoptions; clarify certain provisions regarding.
Analysis:
178. HB 1135
Neutral
Law enforcement; allow off-duty use of official vehicles while performing security services in off-duty hours.
Analysis: This bill authorizes off-duty police officers to utilize their government police vehicles when operating as private security while off-duty. Law enforcement officers are of course free to work as private security officers in an off-duty capacity during their free time. However, they are not entitled to public resources while operating independently from doing government work. While employed in a private setting, law enforcement officers are being compensated by that private entity and are not working for the public at that moment. Police vehicles are public property and should only be used by public officials performing public duties, anything else is a misuse of public moneys and resources. It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to foot the bill for police officer's transportation while he/she is off-duty and engaged in private employment.
179. HB 1136
Neutral
Guardianships and Conservatorships; revise provision for proceedings.
Analysis:
180. HB 1138
Bad Policy
Self-storage facilities; regulate rental agreements and owners' liens.
Analysis: This policy expands regulations over liens and rental agreements with self-storage facilities.
181. HB 1139
Good Policy
Community schools; authorize implementation under the administration of a District of Innovation.
Analysis: Makes more schools eligible to become districts of innovation, which frees them from certain state regulatory requirements.
182. HB 1156
Neutral
Revised Mississippi Law on Notarial Acts; create and repeal existing statutes on notaries public.
Analysis:
183. HB 1159
Bad Policy
City of Florence; extend repealer on bar and restaurant tax.
Analysis:
184. HB 1162
Neutral
Uniform Control Substance Act; revise schedule to add certain substances.
Analysis:
185. HB 1165
Neutral
Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to implement in K-12 public schools.
Analysis: This mandates public schools in the state teach computer science programs. While the goal is noble, this is another state requirement on public schools that should have local authority.
186. HB 1173
Good Policy
Secure detention and state training school; revise conditions under which a child may be ordered to by court.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that children under the age of 12 are not to be admitted to the state training school unless they were adjudicated for a crime of violence specifically.
187. HB 1175
Neutral
Chancery court clerk fees; revise those charged for recording oil and gas assignments.
Analysis:
188. HB 1176
Good Policy
School bus drivers; increase maximum speed limit on interstate highways.
Analysis: This bill increases the allowed maximum speed for school buses on interstate highways from 45mph to 65mph.
189. HB 1182
Bad Policy
Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training; revise membership of.
Analysis: Increases size of Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training.
190. HB 1191
Neutral
Public Procurement Review Board; exempt certain contracts entered into by Attorney General's office from oversight of.
Analysis:
191. HB 1200
Good Policy
'Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act'; establish.
Analysis: This is campus free speech legislation to expressly permit all forms of peaceful assembly, protests, speeches and guest speakers, distribution of literature, carrying signs, and circulating petitions.
192. HB 1208
Good Policy
'Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act'; enact to provide for regulation of hemp.
Analysis:
193. HB 1212
Bad Policy
Real Estate Brokers License; revise the requirements to be granted such a license.
Analysis: This would increase the time it takes for a real estate agent to become a broker from 12 months to 36 months. This is simply an attempt by current license holders to use the government to fend off new competition.
194. HB 1215
Good Policy
Firearms; prohibit state agencies from creating restrictions for possession of.
Analysis: Prohibits state agencies from restricting the possession of a firearm.
195. HB 1227
Neutral
Ad valorem taxation; bring forward certain sections of law relating to determination of true value of property and assessments.
Analysis:
196. HB 1233
Bad Policy
School athletic trainers; provide annual salary supplement for those acquiring national certification.
Analysis: This bill authorizes salary supplements for school athletic trainer upon attainment of national certification. As every Mississippi citizen has a taxpayer burden of over $11,000 and the state is currently attempting to foot a $14 Billion bill with around $5.7 Billion of assets, the state of Mississippi is in no financial position to be entertaining salary supplements for state employees.
197. HB 1243
Neutral
Critical infrastructure; define crimes of impeding and trespassing against.
Analysis: This bill adds additional penalties for those who trespass on any place defined as a "critical infrastructure facility".
198. HB 1253
Not Rated
State Fire Academy; designate as an authorized medical first responder training program.
Analysis:
199. HB 1255
Bad Policy
National board certification annual salary supplement; remove cap on number of nurses and speech-language pathologists eligible for.
Analysis: Currently there is a cap of 35 on how many nurses and speech-language pathologists are eligible for the national certification salary supplement. This bill removes that cap. As every Mississippi citizen has a taxpayer burden of over $11,000 and the state is currently attempting to foot a $14 Billion bill with around $5.7 Billion of assets, the state of Mississippi is in no financial position to be entertaining salary supplements for state employees.
200. HB 1266
Neutral
Dept. of Agriculture; clarify use of security personnel to provide security services in state buildings under contract with DFA.
Analysis:
201. HB 1279
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate segment of U.S. Highway 51 in Lincoln County for fallen police officers Zach Moak and James White.
Analysis:
202. HB 1286
Neutral
Service of summons in youth courts; shall be made pursuant to the Uniform Rules of the Youth Court Practice.
Analysis:
203. HB 1290
Neutral
MS Blues Commission; direct to erect certain Blues Trail marker and add location to trail.
Analysis:
204. HB 1295
Good Policy
The 'Life Equality Act'; create to prohibit abortion based on certain factors.
Analysis: Prohibits abortion because of race, sex, or genetic abnormality, except in a medical emergency.
205. HB 1307
Neutral
Medicaid; authorize division to extend certain contracts for two years without complying with state procurement regulations.
Analysis:
206. HB 1309
Good Policy
Air bow; authorize use during certain open seasons for individuals exempt from hunting license requirement by reason of disability.
Analysis: This bill authorizes those affected by a disability to hunt with air bows during any open season.
207. HB 1314
Neutral
Tribal identification cards; recognize as legal means of personal identification.
Analysis:
208. HB 1332
Neutral
State land; revise fee for filing patent for conveyance of.
Analysis:
209. HB 1334
Neutral
MS 811 Law; provide for notifications through the Positive Response Information System (PRIS).
Analysis:
210. HB 1336
Good Policy
'Mississippi Learn to Earn Act'; enact to authorize the earning of graduation credit through apprenticeships and other alternative courses.
Analysis: This bill allows for vo-tech and other career technical program credits to be substituted in some cases for traditional high school course credit.
211. HB 1343
Neutral
Institutions of higher learning; require to ensure commercially reasonable procurement practices when purchasing aircraft equipment and services.
Analysis:
212. HB 1353
Neutral
Solid waste; prohibit new nonhazardous solid waste landfill if within 1 mile of existing permitted landfill, unless referendum held.
Analysis: This bill prohibits the construction of a solid waste facility within one mile of an existing facility unless a referendum is held which explicitly allows its construction.
213. HB 1368
Neutral
Armed Services Absentee Voting Law; expand definition of 'absent voter' to include those working in federal waters of United States.
Analysis:
214. HB 1371
Neutral
DPS division of driver services; make various revisions regarding.
Analysis:
215. HB 1372
Neutral
Commercial driver's license; revise various laws regarding.
Analysis:
216. HB 1376
Neutral
Commissioner of Corrections, and community corrections; bring forward various sections relating to.
Analysis:
217. HB 1377
Good Policy
Corrections omnibus bill; enact.
Analysis: This bill simplifies and standardizes parole requirements for Mississippi’s inmates in an attempt to remove the uncertainty that currently plagues the process, giving inmates, their families and Mississippians a clearer idea of what to expect as far as parole is considered. The bill also makes it easier for parole board officers to order psychiatric/psychological evaluations on inmates in order to assist them in making the best decision regarding parole. In addition, the bill mandates that correctional facilities must submit a rehabilitative case plan for all inmates who will be eligible for parole within 90 days of incarceration. As a whole, this bill holds Mississippi’s correctional facilities more accountable by defining a set parole criteria and ensuring that the facilities are focused on rehabilitation as a priority for Mississippi’s inmates.
218. HB 1378
Neutral
Mississippi S.A.F.E. Mortgage Act; remove repealer, clarify record keeping requirements and estimate of costs provided to borrower.
Analysis:
219. HB 1381
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of qualified resort area, revise provisions regarding certain permits and sales.
Analysis: This bills adds institutions of higher learning and all land owned by them to the list of "qualifies resort areas". This effectively legalizes the sale of alcohol in these areas. The bill also stipulates that this legalization remains in effect regardless of any votes that have occurred in the county in which these institutions exist that have outlawed the sale of alcohol. This is a victory for personal responsibility and liberty.
220. HB 1383
Neutral
Economic Development Highway Act; revise definition of high economic benefit project.
Analysis:
221. HB 1386
Neutral
Advocate Confidentiality Law; establish procedures for disclosure.
Analysis: This bill revises and clarifies when and how communication between victims of domestic violence and other sex crimes and their certified advocates can be disclosed. It removes the possibility of civil liability of those who disclose information of the communication and removes the stipulation that employees of domestic violence shelters cannot be forced to testify in court.
222. HB 1387
Good Policy
Mississippi Workforce Incentive Act of 2020; create.
Analysis: This bill requires coordination between community colleges, the Mississippi community college board, and the legislature to provide funding for the enhancement of Mississippi's career and technical programs. Many Mississippi students stand to benefit from the shift in focus towards career and technical education as the traditional college prep pathway is not suitable for every student, especially in today's world of high-cost higher education.
223. HB 1398
Good Policy
Seizure and forfeiture; prohibit waiver of forfeiture and revise standard of proof.
Analysis: The committee substitute for this bill makes it unlawful for a law enforcement officer to request or induce anyone to waive their rights to any property as it pertains to forfeiture.
224. HB 1407
Bad Policy
Alternative nicotine products; regulate.
Analysis:
225. HB 1415
Neutral
Public Service Commission; remove from the provisions of the Mississippi Budget Transparency and Simplification Act.
Analysis:
226. HB 1416
Good Policy
Tribal regalia; prohibit governmental entity from restricting wear.
Analysis: This bill prohibits any government entity from restricting the wear of tribal regalia by those of Native American descent at a public event.
227. HB 1422
Good Policy
Regulatory Reduction Pilot Program; create.
Analysis: Pilot regulatory reduction program that will require the Mississippi Departments of Health, Transportation, Agriculture and Commerce, and Information Technology Services to review all of their regulations and reduce their regulations by 30% by the end of 2022.
228. HB 1425
Bad Policy
City of Fulton; extend repealer on hotel/motel tourism tax.
Analysis:
229. HB 1427
Bad Policy
Alcoholic beverages; revise certain provisions regarding tasting or sampling events conducted by a holder of a package retailer's permit.
Analysis: This bill increases the amount of alcohol that can be consumed at "tasting or sampling" events, stipulates that no one can be served at these events who is visibly intoxicated and places regulations on the manner in which these events can be advertised. Overall this bill does loosen one restriction on alcohol in the amount that can be consumed, but places unnecessary restrictions as well. This bill relies on the idea that adults in Mississippi are not responsible enough to decide for themselves how much alcohol it is appropriate to drink and that we need the morally superior state government to regulate our drinking habits. This is an antiquated way of thinking that threatens liberty.
230. HB 1434
Good Policy
Part-time law enforcement officers; revise salary threshold determination for deputy sheriffs and police officers.
Analysis: This bill raises the pay threshold at which law enforcement officers are considered "full time". This will reduce the number of officers who are working less than others that receive full time benefits, saving the taxpayer money.
231. HB 1438
Good Policy
Individual bond; require for public officers and employees handling or having the custody of public funds.
Analysis: This bill requires a minimum bond amount of $25,000 for public officials and employees. These bonds serve as insurance for the state in the event of corruption on the part of these officials or employees. These bonds will protect the tax payer from the possible misuse of funds by these officials.
232. HB 1439
Neutral
Sixteenth section lands; revise provisions relating to reports and copies of leases to Secretary of State.
Analysis:
233. HB 1440
Neutral
Securities registration filings; revise certain provisions regarding fees.
Analysis:
234. HB 1450
Neutral
Foreign judgment; authorize courts to consider due process and fraud issues.
Analysis:
235. HB 1456
Bad Policy
Superload vehicles; authorize law enforcement to escort and to charge reasonable fee for escort.
Analysis: This bill authorizes state law enforcement to provide escort to super load vehicles for a fee. State law enforcement is not a private security/escort service to be bought by private entities. It is a public entity operating through the usage of tax dollars from the people. If providing escort services to superload vehicles is integral to public safety then law enforcement should be actively doing this at no extra cost to the people. If it is not integral to public safety then publicly-paid law enforcement should not be serving in that capacity, especially not while on the clock and actively collecting pay while serving in a public capacity.
236. HB 1457
Neutral
Motor Carrier regulation; update and streamline.
Analysis:
237. HB 1468
Not Rated
City of Pass Christian; authorize expansion of area where golf carts and low-speed vehicles may be operated in.
Analysis:
238. HB 1476
Good Policy
Compassionate Parole Eligibility Act of 2020; create.
Analysis: This bill provides for the possible parole of inmates (except those convicted of capital offenses) who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses or diseases and have a life expectancy of twelve months or less. It also applies to inmates who are completely disabled or bedridden for 50% of waking hours. This will help lessen the burden on the department of corrections and by extension the taxpayer.
239. HB 1480
Good Policy
Community or junior college; require to include source of funds used to advertise certain workforce development courses and training.
Analysis: Community college must disclose source of funding for a workforce development courses and training.
240. HB 1485
Good Policy
Corrections; authorize George and Greene Counties to privatize regional correctional facility.
Analysis: This bill allows for a contract between the Department of Corrections and the board of supervisors of George and Greene Counties for the purpose of incarcerating state inmates in the George/Green County Correctional Facility. This will help alleviate some of the issues brought on by overcrowding in state prisons.
241. HB 1486
Bad Policy
Tobacco products; prohibit wholesalers from directly selling the products to retailers.
Analysis: Prohibits tobacco wholesalers from directly selling their products to retailers.
242. HB 1490
Neutral
Judicial districts; revise certain chancery and circuit.
Analysis:
243. HB 1491
Neutral
Vehicle weight limits; allow certain excess of limits for vehicles operated by engine fueled with compressed or LNG.
Analysis:
244. HB 1500
Good Policy
Board on law enforcement officer standards and training; authorize to consider certain military training when determining qualification of applicant.
Analysis:
245. HB 1503
Neutral
Highway patrolmen; allow active duty to teach driver education and training programs.
Analysis:
246. HB 1510
Good Policy
Occupational licenses; revise provisions regarding licensing for certain military applicants.
Analysis: This bill makes it easier for military personnel and their spouses to receive occupational licenses from the various state boards that oversee them. While this bill does lessen regulatory hurdles for one type of citizen and is surely a step in the right direction, regulatory hurdles should be lessened broadly for every type of citizen. Occupational licensing is often needless and arbitrary, placing regulatory hurdles in front of Mississippians who are attempting to work and acquire gainful employment. Occupational Licensing boards are furthermore often staffed by individuals already active in the industry they are tasked with regulating and who only stand to gain personally by raising the standards that their would-be competitors must meet in order to compete against them in the market.
247. HB 1513
Good Policy
Inmate Welfare Fund; require DOC to expend unused portions of the fund on reentry purposes.
Analysis: Allows DOC to use unused funds on on housing and reentry expenses.
248. HB 1516
Not Rated
City of Biloxi; remove restriction to provide annual cost-of-living increases for retired members of city's disability and relief fund for firemen/policemen.
Analysis:
249. HB 1517
Not Rated
City of Biloxi; remove restriction to provide annual cost-of-living increases for members of the city's general municipal employees' retirement system.
Analysis:
250. HB 1520
Good Policy
Hospice; allow medical directors to prescribe controlled substances for pain for terminally ill patients without in-person visit.
Analysis:
251. HB 1521
Neutral
Absentee ballots; revise procedures and timeline for mailing to voter and receiving from voter.
Analysis:
252. HB 1522
Neutral
Mississippi Veterans Home Perpetual Care Fund; create.
Analysis: This bill creates the Mississippi Veterans Home Perpetual Care Fund. This new fund would be used for the administration, renovation, maintenance and operation of Mississippi Veterans Nursing Homes.
253. HB 1523
Neutral
Poll managers; remove limitation on additional that election commissioners may appoint.
Analysis:
254. HB 1533
Neutral
Abandoned mobile homes; establish a procedure to dispose of.
Analysis: This bill establishes a procedure by which abandoned mobile or manufactured homes may be sold or disposed of.
255. HB 1542
Neutral
IHL; authorize to enter into services agreements for certain repairs, maintenance and capitol improvements of a university utility system.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the IHL to enter into a service agreement for repairs, maintenance and improvements to the University of Southern Mississippi.
256. HB 1547
Neutral
Cremation; prohibit until approved by county medical examiner.
Analysis: This bill prohibits the cremation of bodies until after the county medical examiner has investigated the cause and manner of the death.
257. HB 1556
Good Policy
Career and technical education; revise curriculum, instructor license requirements and certain assessments.
Analysis: This bill provides for a comprehensive overhaul and improvement of what is traditionally known as the VoTech program in Mississippi. Focusing on career and technical skills for high school students who are not college-bound, this legislation increases pathways to gainful employment for all public high school students. Namely, it requires notice of these courses and career tracks to all incoming high school students, lowers mandated requirements for teachers in these non degree and technical certification courses, and adds a list of required courses. Among the required courses are "personal finance", "computer programming" and "technical writing". The added focus on these skills is common sense schooling. These are the skills that success in the future job market will rely on. The bill also requires that every high school student take the ACT WorkKeys assessment in addition to the regular ACT. This WorkKeys test tests the technical skills of students and is geared towards opening student's eyes to career paths outside of college. Dispelling the notion that everyone needs to go to college to be successful should be a primary goal of public education and this bill works towards that goal. In today's world of rising education costs and thousands of underutilized college degrees in the workforce, this legislation puts our priorities back in order in public education.
258. HB 1559
Bad Policy
Human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation; provide services for victims through approved services.
Analysis: This bill provides for the creation of a slew of new government jobs and establishes a new fund for the purpose of providing care to those afflicted by human trafficking and sexual exploitation. While this is a worthy cause, the state government simply does not have any more of the taxpayer's dollars to spend on non-essential functions of government. The private sector offers solutions and care to Mississippians at no expense to the taxpayer. The state government should focus on attacking the criminal activity at the root cause of this issue, not spend tax payer dollars on programs that already operate in the private sector.
259. HB 1561
Neutral
Public Service Commission; extend repealers and make certain revisions to.
Analysis:
260. HB 1566
Bad Policy
'Future of Mississippi Agriculture Act of 2020'; enact.
Analysis: This bill increases the authority and scope of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce, giving the department power to hire more employees, enter into contracts, and allocate and expend funds to carry out all the powers and duties mentioned in the act. This is an increase in the size of government that is unnecessary and costly.
261. HB 1571
Neutral
IHL Board; revise authority to choose institution executive heads.
Analysis: This bill revises the selection process for heads of institutions of higher learning. It requires a seven member search committee be made consisting of members appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House and the IHL, 6 of whom must be alumni of the university in question.
262. HB 1572
Not Rated
Fee-in-lieu of ad valorem taxes; revise certain provisions regarding school ad valorem taxes.
Analysis:
263. HB 1573
Neutral
MS Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy; name firing range as the 'Lieutenant Colonel Pat Cronin Firing Range.'
Analysis:
264. HB 1574
Not Rated
Greene County; increase the amount of and extend repeal date on assessment levied in justice court.
Analysis:
265. HB 1577
Neutral
Hunter safety course; authorize school districts to offer as part of their curriculum.
Analysis:
266. HB 1579
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize to allow the payment of certain accounts receivable by credit cards and other forms of electronic payment.
Analysis:
267. HB 1586
Not Rated
Coahoma County; authorize trustees of county reserve and trust fund to use portion of fund to pay costs of equipping new jail and fire station.
Analysis:
268. HB 1587
Bad Policy
Clarke County; authorize contribution to the Multi-County Community Service Agency, Inc.
Analysis:
269. HB 1589
Not Rated
Hinds County; authorize to pay per diem to volunteer members of certain county boards who serve the county.
Analysis:
270. HB 1590
Not Rated
City of Olive Branch; authorize levying of additional tax on hotels and motels for certain improvements.
Analysis:
271. HB 1591
Not Rated
Appropriation; additional for various state agencies for Fiscal Year 2020.
Analysis:
272. HB 1606
Not Rated
City of Water Valley; authorize a tax on restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation.
Analysis:
273. HB 1608
Not Rated
Forrest County; authorize to maintain electronic format of law books in county courtroom and public county law library.
Analysis:
274. HB 1610
Not Rated
City of Petal; authorize a tax on hotels, motels, bars and restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation.
Analysis:
275. HB 1611
Not Rated
City of Vicksburg; authorize the use of electric scooters on certain city streets within.
Analysis:
276. HB 1612
Not Rated
City of Vicksburg; revise contribution amount made to Read by Third Grade, a Tutorial Program for At-Risk Students.
Analysis:
277. HB 1613
Not Rated
City of Vicksburg; authorize contributions to the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program.
Analysis:
278. HB 1619
Not Rated
Hancock County; authorize to operate medical health clinic for county employees and their eligible dependents.
Analysis:
279. HB 1621
Not Rated
Tallahatchie County; authorize leasing of certain county property for certain lease period to establish memorial sites for the late Emmett Till.
Analysis:
280. HB 1622
Not Rated
Coahoma County; authorize trustees of county reserve and trust fund to use portion of fund to pay costs of equipping new jail and fire station.
Analysis:
281. HB 1627
Not Rated
Wayne County; extend repeal date on assessment on misdemeanor convictions to fund Wayne County Justice Complex.
Analysis:
282. HB 1628
Not Rated
Rankin County; authorize sheriff to use radar on county road.
Analysis:
283. HB 1631
Not Rated
City of Houston; extend repeal date for tax on restaurants, hotels and motels for tourism and parks and recreation.
Analysis:
284. HB 1634
Not Rated
Hind County; authorize to pay per diem to volunteer members of certain county boards who serve the county.
Analysis:
285. HB 1640
Not Rated
City of Natchez; authorize contributions to Natchez, Inc., Film Natchez, Inc. and Downtown Natchez Association.
Analysis:
286. HB 1641
Not Rated
Sales Tax; exempt certain sales of tangible personal property and services to nonprofit organizations that provide workforce training.
Analysis:
287. HB 1647
Not Rated
Local governmental entities and school districts; authorize grant of admin leave with pay in event of certain disasters or emergencies.
Analysis:
288. HB 1649
Not Rated
Leaf and Bouie River Development District; authorize cities of Hattiesburg and Petal and Forrest County to establish.
Analysis:
289. HB 1650
Not Rated
City of Vicksburg; authorize the use of motor-assisted scooters on certain streets within the city.
Analysis:
290. HB 1653
Not Rated
Marshall County; authorize contribution to Northeast Mississippi Community Services, Inc.
Analysis:
291. HB 1654
Not Rated
Marshall County; authorize contributions to certain 501(c)(3) organizations that operate food pantries.
Analysis:
292. HB 1655
Not Rated
Marshall County; authorize contribution to ICS Head Start.
Analysis:
293. HB 1658
Not Rated
Coahoma County; authorize contribution to But God Ministries.
Analysis:
294. HB 1661
Not Rated
City of Pearl; extend repeal date on tax on hotels, motels and restaurants to promote tourism.
Analysis:
295. HB 1667
Not Rated
Mississippi Department of Employment Security; revise certain provisions regarding in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Analysis:
296. HB 1668
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Kentrell Liddell of Oktibbeha County.
Analysis:
297. HB 1669
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Catina Taylor of Marshall County.
Analysis:
298. HB 1670
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Buren Wayne Whitt of Chickasaw County.
Analysis:
299. HB 1671
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Cassandra M. Jamison of Tunica County.
Analysis:
300. HB 1672
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Frankie Lee Davis of Tunica County.
Analysis:
301. HB 1673
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Antonio Simpson of Tunica County.
Analysis:
302. HB 1674
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Kamal Karriem, Jr. of Lowndes County.
Analysis:
303. HB 1675
Not Rated
City of Okolona; authorize to use electric power delivery system to provide broadband service to certain counties.
Analysis:
304. HB 1677
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Anthony Leroy Wallace of Harrison County.
Analysis:
305. HB 1678
Not Rated
Grenada County; establish Greater County Partnership as economic and industrial development authority.
Analysis:
306. HB 1679
Not Rated
Appropriation; Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists, Board of Examiners for.
Analysis:
307. HB 1680
Not Rated
Appropriation; Cosmetology, Board of.
Analysis:
308. HB 1681
Not Rated
Appropriation; Psychology, Board of.
Analysis:
309. HB 1682
Not Rated
Appropriation; Auctioneers Commission.
Analysis:
310. HB 1683
Not Rated
Appropriation; Medical Licensure, Board of.
Analysis:
311. HB 1684
Not Rated
Appropriation; Optometry, Board of.
Analysis:
312. HB 1685
Not Rated
Appropriation: Real Estate Commission and Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board.
Analysis:
313. HB 1686
Not Rated
Appropriation; Nursing Home Administrators, Board of.
Analysis:
314. HB 1687
Not Rated
Appropriation; Physical Therapy Board.
Analysis:
315. HB 1688
Not Rated
Appropriation; Nursing, Board of.
Analysis:
316. HB 1689
Not Rated
Appropriation; Barber Examiners, Board of.
Analysis:
317. HB 1690
Not Rated
Appropriation; Engineers and Land Surveyors, Board of Registration for Professional.
Analysis:
318. HB 1691
Not Rated
Appropriation; Athletic Commission.
Analysis:
319. HB 1692
Not Rated
Appropriation; Legislative expenses.
Analysis:
320. HB 1693
Not Rated
Appropriation; Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and trial judges services.
Analysis:
321. HB 1694
Not Rated
Appropriation; Attorney General.
Analysis:
322. HB 1695
Not Rated
Appropriation; District attorneys and staff.
Analysis:
323. HB 1696
Not Rated
Appropriation; State Public Defender, Office of.
Analysis:
324. HB 1697
Not Rated
Appropriation; Capital Post-Conviction Counsel, Office of.
Analysis:
325. HB 1698
Not Rated
Appropriation; Insurance, Department of.
Analysis:
326. HB 1699
Not Rated
Appropriation; Fire Academy.
Analysis:
327. HB 1700
Not Rated
Appropriation; Education, Department of.
Analysis:
328. HB 1701
Not Rated
Appropriation; Library Commission.
Analysis:
329. HB 1702
Not Rated
Appropriation; Educational Television, Authority for.
Analysis:
330. HB 1703
Not Rated
Appropriation; Archives and History, Department of.
Analysis:
331. HB 1704
Not Rated
Appropriation; Arts Commission.
Analysis:
332. HB 1705
Not Rated
Appropriation; reappropriation, DFA - Bureau of Building; FY21.
Analysis:
333. HB 1706
Not Rated
Appropriation; Environmental Quality, Department of.
Analysis:
334. HB 1707
Not Rated
Appropriation; Grand Gulf Military Monument Commission.
Analysis:
335. HB 1708
Not Rated
Appropriation; Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Department of.
Analysis:
336. HB 1709
Not Rated
Appropriation; Oil and Gas Board.
Analysis:
337. HB 1710
Not Rated
Appropriation; Public Service Commission.
Analysis:
338. HB 1711
Not Rated
Appropriation; Public Utilities Staff.
Analysis:
339. HB 1712
Not Rated
Appropriation; Health, Department of.
Analysis:
340. HB 1713
Not Rated
Appropriation; Medicaid, Division of.
Analysis:
341. HB 1714
Not Rated
Appropriation; Rehabilitation Services, Department of.
Analysis:
342. HB 1715
Not Rated
Appropriation; Human Services, Department of.
Analysis:
343. HB 1716
Not Rated
Appropriation; Forestry Commission.
Analysis:
344. HB 1717
Not Rated
Appropriation; Soil and Water Conservation Commission.
Analysis:
345. HB 1718
Not Rated
Appropriation; Foresters, Board of Registration for.
Analysis:
346. HB 1719
Not Rated
Appropriation; Pat Harrison Waterway District.
Analysis:
347. HB 1720
Not Rated
Appropriation; Yellow Creek State Inland Port Authority.
Analysis:
348. HB 1721
Not Rated
Appropriation; Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District.
Analysis:
349. HB 1722
Not Rated
Appropriation; Pearl River Valley Water Supply District.
Analysis:
350. HB 1723
Not Rated
Appropriation; Port Authority, State.
Analysis:
351. HB 1724
Not Rated
Appropriation; Public Employees' Retirement System.
Analysis:
352. HB 1725
Not Rated
Appropriation; Veterans' Home Purchase Board.
Analysis:
353. HB 1726
Not Rated
Appropriation; Marine Resources, Department of.
Analysis:
354. HB 1727
Not Rated
Appropriation; Transportation, Department of.
Analysis:
355. HB 1728
Not Rated
Appropriation; additional for various state agencies for Fiscal Year 2020.
Analysis:
356. HB 1729
Not Rated
Taxation; revise provisions regarding certain income tax credits, sale tax and ad valorem tax exemptions and franchise tax credits.
Analysis:
357. HB 1730
Not Rated
Bonds; authorize for various purposes.
Analysis:
358. HB 1731
Not Rated
City of Biloxi; authorize a tax on site rentals for recreational vehicles to fund certain infrastructure.
Analysis:
359. HB 1733
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore to Randy Beckham of Simpson County.
Analysis:
360. HB 1734
Not Rated
City of Oxford; expand investment options of reserve and trust fund and require investments be made using MS Uniform Prudent Investor Act.
Analysis:
361. HB 1735
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize to expand or merge existing lighting districts.
Analysis:
362. HB 1736
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize contribution to various organizations.
Analysis:
363. HB 1743
Not Rated
Bonds; increase amount authorized for the Hinds County Development Project Loan Fund and allow use for construction of a parking garage.
Analysis:
364. HB 1746
Not Rated
Oil and Gas severance taxes; temporarily reduce rates.
Analysis:
365. HB 1748
Not Rated
Income tax; revise definition of gross income.
Analysis:
366. HB 1749
Not Rated
Appropriations; Dept. of Health for COVID-19 expenses incurred by hospitals for FY20 and FY21.
Analysis:
367. HB 1750
Not Rated
.Appropriation; Dept of Finance and Administration for COVID-19 expenses incurred by municipalities and counties for FY20 and FY21.
Analysis:
368. HB 1751
Not Rated
.Appropriations; Dept of Education, IHL, and Community Colleges for COVID-19 expenses for FY20 and FY21.
Analysis:
369. HB 1752
Not Rated
.Appropriations; Dept. of Finance and Administration for COVID-19 expenses for FY20 and FY21.
Analysis:
370. HB 1769
Not Rated
City of Pontotoc; extend repelaer on authority to levy tax upon hotels, motels restaurants.
Analysis:
371. HC 1
Resolution
Governor-Elect Tate Reeves; appoint a joint committee of the House and Senate to arrange inauguration of.
Analysis:
372. HC 2
Resolution
Joint Session; provide for the inauguration of and to hear the message of Governor Tate Reeves.
Analysis:
373. HC 3
Resolution
State of the State of the Governor; call joint session to hear.
Analysis:
374. HC 4
Resolution
Alcorn State University 'Braves' Football Team; commend upon winning the 2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.
Analysis:
375. HC 5
Resolution
Fannie Lou Hamer; request the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress to approve the replacement of the statue of James Zachariah George with statue of.
Analysis:
376. HC 6
Resolution
Arielle Hudson; commend and congratulate upon being named a 2020 Rhodes Scholar.
Analysis:
377. HC 7
Resolution
Joint Rules; amend to limit introduction of general bills requiring majority vote to sessions in even-numbered years.
Analysis:
378. HC 8
Resolution
Mr. Albert M. Ray, Sr.; commend stellar career and service of.
Analysis:
379. HC 9
Bad Policy
Yazoo Backwater Pump Project; support the completion of.
Analysis: This is a concurrent resolution calling on various agencies of the Federal Government to complete the Yazoo Backwater Pump Project. The state is calling for a massive increase in the cost and scope of government that is out of line with what ought to be the government’s priorities.
380. HC 10
Resolution
Puckett High School students; commend for placing second at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational.
Analysis:
381. HC 12
Resolution
Joint Rules; adopt for 2020-2024 term.
Analysis:
382. HC 13
Resolution
Mr. William J. 'Billy' McCoy; honor the life, service and legacy of upon his passing and express great sympathy to his family.
Analysis:
383. HC 14
Resolution
Congress; urge to call a convention of the states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution to propose amendments limited to balancing the federal budget.
Analysis:
384. HC 15
Resolution
'MS Initiative on HBCUs'; acknowledge importance of need to establish and encourage legislative support and funding.
Analysis:
385. HC 17
Resolution
Daylight saving time; urge Congress to enact legislation to allow states to observe year-round.
Analysis:
386. HC 18
Resolution
United States Constitution; urge congress to call convention of the states to amend regarding prayer in public schools.
Analysis:
387. HC 19
Resolution
President Trump; urge to cancel any plans for a military parade and use monies to help the veterans.
Analysis:
388. HC 20
Resolution
Ted Parker; commend upon being named the 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Ag Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year.
Analysis:
389. HC 21
Resolution
Charvarius Ward; commend and congratulate for being a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Super Bowl LIV Champions.
Analysis:
390. HC 22
Resolution
Chris Jones; commend and congratulate for being a member of the Super Bowl LIV Champions Kansas City Chiefs.
Analysis:
391. HC 25
Resolution
Constitution; amned to dissolve the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Analysis:
392. HC 26
Resolution
Gentry High School Gentrytes; commend for remarkable success and numerous awards.
Analysis:
393. HC 28
Resolution
Everest; commend upon becoming the state's first rural education and innovation hub to train computer coding professionals.
Analysis:
394. HC 30
Resolution
Nineteenth amendment; celebrate ratification of.
Analysis:
395. HC 31
Neutral
Constitution; amend to require appointments to the IHL Board to be made by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House.
Analysis:
396. HC 32
Resolution
Joint Rules; amend to create a procedure for issuance of ethnic disparity impact statements.
Analysis:
397. HC 35
Good Policy
Constitution; amend to provide certain rights to victims throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Analysis: This expands victims rights and writes these rights into the Constitution.
398. HC 36
Resolution
Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Soliz; commend for display of courage under fire.
Analysis:
399. HC 37
Resolution
Dr. Clyde Muse; commend laudable career and distinguished service of upon the occasion of his retirement.
Analysis:
400. HC 39
Bad Policy
Constitution; legislative alternative to Initiative No. 65 regarding medical marijuana.
Analysis: This resolution would add the question "Shall Mississippi establish a program to allow the medical use of marijuana products by qualified persons with debilitating medical conditions?" to the ballot for direct vote by the people. This is being offered by the legislature as an alternative to Ballot Initiative No. 65 which reads, "Should Mississippi allow qualified patients with debilitating medical conditions, as certified by Mississippi licensed physicians, to use medical marijuana?" Mississippi voters, if this resolution passes, would be required to choose between the two. The initiative being offered by the state legislature is much more restrictive than the initiative approved for the ballot by signatures, and would only serve to confuse voters and, if passed, create a medical marijuana program much less effective than the one currently on the ballot.
401. HC 40
Resolution
Madison County Sheriff Deputy Brad Sullivan; commend heroism of.
Analysis:
402. HC 42
Resolution
State of Mississippi; declare as 'Second Amendment Sanctuary' state.
Analysis:
403. HC 44
Resolution
Breeland Speaks; commend and congratulate for being a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Super Bowl LIV Champions.
Analysis:
404. HC 47
Bad Policy
Constitution; remove the electoral vote requirement for the Governor.
Analysis: If a candidate for governor does not receive a majority, the House votes on the winner. This would force the top two candidates to a runoff three weeks after the first election.
405. HC 48
Resolution
Chief Reynolds 'Frank' Nichols; commend service and esteemed career upon his retirement.
Analysis:
406. HC 49
Resolution
Honorable Judge Houston J. Patton; mourn loss and commend life and legacy of service upon his passing.
Analysis:
407. HC 50
Resolution
'Second Chance Month'; designate the month of April 2020.
Analysis:
408. HC 51
Neutral
Constitution; amend to revise the authority of IHL Board to choose university presidents.
Analysis:
409. HC 52
Resolution
Jobs for Mississippi Graduates; commend and congratulate students' success at JAG National Student Leadership Academy.
Analysis:
410. HC 53
Resolution
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; commend for winning the NJCAA football championship.
Analysis:
411. HC 54
Resolution
Zeita Merchant; commend upon promotion to rank of Captain in United States Coast Guard.
Analysis:
412. HC 55
Resolution
Mr. Ken Spears; commend upon the occasion of his retirement.
Analysis:
413. HC 56
Resolution
Serve Together: National Week of Post-Partisan Action; observe during week of February 17-21, 2020, in Mississippi.
Analysis:
414. HC 57
Resolution
Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month; recognize April 2020 as.
Analysis:
415. HC 58
Resolution
Saint Andrew's Episcopal School 'Saints' Boys Basketball Team; commend upon winning MHSAA Class 3A State Championship.
Analysis:
416. HC 59
Resolution
Essie B. and William E. Glenn Foundation; commend for great works in the community and declare June 22, 2020, as day of.
Analysis:
417. HC 60
Resolution
Ocean Springs High School Greyhounds Boys Soccer Team; commend and congratulate on winning Class 6A State Championship.
Analysis:
418. HC 61
Resolution
Huntington's Disease Awareness Month; declare and designatee month of May 2020 as in the State of Mississippi.
Analysis:
419. HC 62
Resolution
Entergy Mississippi; recognize and commend employees of on providing 10 years of historically low cost electricity on occasion of its Celebrate 10 Event.
Analysis:
420. HC 63
Resolution
Article V Convention; provide for selection and authority of commissioners.
Analysis:
421. HC 64
Resolution
Pine Grove High School Lady Panthers Basketball Team; commend on winning fourth consecutive Class 1A State Championship.
Analysis:
422. HC 65
Resolution
Legislature; extend session, allow reconvening upon joint determination, and adjust deadlines to conform.
Analysis:
423. HC 66
Resolution
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra; commend on the occasion of its 75th Diamond Anniversary.
Analysis:
424. HC 67
Resolution
Ripley High School Girls basketball team; commend for winning MHSAA Class 4A State Basketball Championship.
Analysis:
425. HC 68
Resolution
Dr. Edwin 'Ed' J. Deuschle; commend upon formal receipt of meritorious service medals for heroism displayed during Vietnam War.
Analysis:
426. HC 69
Resolution
Legislature; extend session, allow reconvening and suspend deadlines for certain bills.
Analysis:
427. HC 70
Resolution
Walter Payton; commend and celebrate his outstanding athletic career and his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Analysis:
428. HC 71
Resolution
Robert Brazile; commend for NFL career and induction into 2018 class of NFL Hall of Fame.
Analysis:
429. HC 72
Resolution
Class of 2020; commend and congratulate MS high school seniors upon graduation.
Analysis:
430. HC 73
Resolution
Rusty Berryhill; commend upon being named the 2019-2020 chairman of the MS Manufacturers Association Board of Directors.
Analysis:
431. HC 74
Resolution
Pastor Todd Tilgham; commend for winning The Voice.
Analysis:
432. HR 1
Resolution
House Rules; adopt temporary rules.
Analysis:
433. HR 2
Resolution
Management and Rules Committees; provide method and manner of electing members.
Analysis:
434. HR 3
Resolution
House Officers; provide method and manner of election.
Analysis:
435. HR 4
Resolution
House members; provide for selection of desks and parking spaces.
Analysis:
436. HR 5
Resolution
Payne Edward Sleeper; commend and congratulate for his academic achievements, accomplishments and community service.
Analysis:
437. HR 6
Resolution
Emmett Till murder; issue apology for state's role in killers' acquittals that were based on a lie.
Analysis:
438. HR 7
Resolution
Lake Hico; urge Entergy Mississippi to assist residents with returning to a public park.
Analysis:
439. HR 8
Resolution
President Trump; urge to end the tariff war that is hurting Mississippi farmers.
Analysis:
440. HR 9
Resolution
President Trump; urge to agree that the press is not a threat to America.
Analysis:
441. HR 10
Resolution
Mr. J.D. Burchfield; commend service as World War II veteran and congratulate on the occasion of his 98th birthday.
Analysis:
442. HR 11
Resolution
Elder Walter S. Dixon, Sr.; commend upon the occasion of his 100th birthday.
Analysis:
443. HR 12
Resolution
Alcorn State University Braves Football Team; commend upon winning the 2019 Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.
Analysis:
444. HR 13
Resolution
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., recognize and declare Feb. 4, 2020, as Mississippi Delta Day at the State Capitol.
Analysis:
445. HR 14
Resolution
Omega Psi Phi Day; designate February 5, 2020 as in Mississippi.
Analysis:
446. HR 15
Resolution
House Rules; amend to create a new rule that requires each committee's agenda to be published 24 hours before the meeting.
Analysis:
447. HR 16
Resolution
'Caring Shirts'; commend and thank the members of.
Analysis:
448. HR 17
Resolution
Siggers High School; commemorate as first African-American high school in Shannon, MS.
Analysis:
449. HR 18
Resolution
Robert 'Kipp' Greggory Knippers; commend life upon his passing.
Analysis:
450. HR 19
Resolution
Hiram Rhodes Revels; honor the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the election as the first African-American United States Senator.
Analysis:
451. HR 20
Resolution
Dr. Howard D. Clark; commend life and legacy upon his passing.
Analysis:
452. HR 21
Resolution
Dr. Josephine Posey; commend life and legacy upon passing of.
Analysis:
453. HR 22
Resolution
House Rules; create new rule that provides a procedure for a racial and ethnic impact statement.
Analysis:
454. HR 23
Resolution
House Rules; amend to require a racial impact statement for all legislation to be attached to each bill.
Analysis:
455. HR 24
Resolution
Mississippi Links Day at the Capitol 2020; commend for their outstanding service under the initiative, 'Transforming Communities - Fulfilling Our Purpose.'
Analysis:
456. HR 25
Resolution
State Games of Mississippi Youth Athlete of the Year; commend and congratulate Tulio Figarola upon earning.
Analysis:
457. HR 26
Resolution
'Mississippi Links Day at the Capitol 2020'; honor as 'Agents of Change, Advocates of Action.'
Analysis:
458. HR 27
Resolution
State Games of MS Male Athlete of the Year; commend and congratulate Larry Dudley for earning.
Analysis:
459. HR 28
Resolution
Stephanie Cayula; commend for being named the 2019 State Games of Mississippi 'Female Athlete of the Year'.
Analysis:
460. HR 29
Resolution
Gentry High School Gentrytes; commend for remarkable success and numerous awards.
Analysis:
461. HR 30
Resolution
National Commander James W. 'Bill' Oxford; commend on election as National Commander of American Legion and welcome to Guatier, MS.
Analysis:
462. HR 31
Resolution
Jordan Tierney; commend and congratulate upon being crowned Miss Rodeo America 2020.
Analysis:
463. HR 32
Resolution
Makayla Jordan; commend upon being crowned Miss Dixie National 2020.
Analysis:
464. HR 33
Resolution
Edmond Anthony Boudreaux, Jr.; commend life upon his passing.
Analysis:
465. HR 34
Resolution
Mrs. Katie M. Richardson; honor for being a 'Delta Jewel' and a living legacy of Black History.
Analysis:
466. HR 35
Resolution
American Heart Month; designate February 2020 as.
Analysis:
467. HR 36
Resolution
Kailey McGuire; commend young student inventor on winning 2019 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.
Analysis:
468. HR 37
Resolution
Mr. Willie Townsend; commend on earning his High School Equivalency Diploma.
Analysis:
469. HR 38
Resolution
Everest; commend for being the first rural education and innovation hub to train computer coding professionals.
Analysis:
470. HR 39
Resolution
Eric Stringfellow; commend life and legacy upon his passing.
Analysis:
471. HR 40
Resolution
Reverend Jimmie Lee Edwards; commend for efforts to transform neighborhoods and end violence in the city of Jackson.
Analysis:
472. HR 41
Resolution
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; congratulate on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
Analysis:
473. HR 42
Resolution
West Lauderdale High School Girls Soccer Team; commend and congratulate on winning MHSAA Class 4A State Championship.
Analysis:
474. HR 43
Resolution
Mrs. Mary Anna Nelson; commend for bringing awareness to Parkinson's disease and for participating in the 2020 Mississippi Blues Half Marathon.
Analysis:
475. HR 44
Resolution
1970 Forest High School Football Team; commend for 50th anniversary of winning the Little Dixie Conference title.
Analysis:
476. HR 45
Resolution
Mr. Jerry J. Ellis; express deep sympathy upon his passing.
Analysis:
477. HR 46
Resolution
St Andrew's Episcopal School Lady Saints Soccer Team; congratulate upon winning the 2019-2020 Mississippi High School Activities Association Championship.
Analysis:
478. HR 47
Resolution
James Armstrong; commend and congratulate for outstanding Scouting accomplishments.
Analysis:
479. HR 48
Resolution
Mrs. Peggy Hobson Calhoun; commend upon the occasion of her retirement as Supervisor of District 3 of Hinds County.
Analysis:
480. HR 49
Resolution
Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries; commend upon occasion of 2020 Annual Meeting.
Analysis:
481. HR 50
Resolution
Hiram Rhodes Revels; celebrate as the First African-American United States Senator.
Analysis:
482. HR 51
Resolution
Hibbett Neel; honor his illustrious career and philanthropic contributions to our community and wish him continued success.
Analysis:
483. HR 52
Resolution
Gulfport High School Lady Admirals Soccer Team; commend for winning MHSAA Class 6A Soccer State Championships.
Analysis:
484. HR 53
Resolution
Alice Thomas-Tisdale; congratulate upon being named the Publisher Emeritus of the Jackson Advocate.
Analysis:
485. HR 54
Resolution
Billy Ray Reynolds; commend life and legacy upon his passing.
Analysis:
486. HR 55
Resolution
Lieutenant Beverly Davis Prentiss; mourn loss and commend life and legacy of.
Analysis:
487. HR 56
Resolution
Lake High School Lady Hornets Slow-pitch Softball Team; commend and congratulate on winning 2019 MHSAA Class I State Championship.
Analysis:
488. HR 57
Resolution
Chef Nick Wallace; commend stellar career and culinary success of.
Analysis:
489. HR 58
Resolution
Oxford High School Chargers Football Team; commend for winning first-ever Class 6A State Championship.
Analysis:
490. HR 59
Resolution
Eli Manning; commend legacy of former Ole Miss record-breaking quarterback on the occasion of his retirement from the New York Giants.
Analysis:
491. HR 60
Resolution
Ricky Sharp; commend and congratulate upon being named 2019 Mississippi Truck Driver of the Year.
Analysis:
492. HR 61
Resolution
Martinas Rankin; commend and congratulate for being a member of the Super Bowl LIV Champions Kansas City Chiefs.
Analysis:
493. HR 62
Resolution
Jeff Smith; commend and congratulate for receiving 'Focus on Those Who Serve' Award.
Analysis:
494. HR 63
Resolution
William Garfield Walker; commend musical genius of and congratulate success as an accomplished symphonic conductor.
Analysis:
495. HR 64
Resolution
Ogbueshi Menkem Onyia; commend life and legacy and express sympathy upon passing.
Analysis:
496. HR 65
Resolution
Corinth High School Warriors Football Team; commend for winning MHSAA Class 4A State Football Championship.
Analysis:
497. HR 66
Resolution
West Point High School Football Team; commend for winning the MHSAA Class 5A State Football Championship.
Analysis:
498. HR 67
Resolution
Ashley Furniture Industries; commend on 75th anniversary.
Analysis:
499. HR 68
Resolution
Rubye Prestage Love; commend upon the occasion of her 100th birthday.
Analysis:
500. HR 69
Resolution
Lecile Harris; commend his life and legacy upon his passing.
Analysis:
501. HR 70
Resolution
Everyday Heroes; commend Mr. Edward Walker and Mr. Leonard Clay for being.
Analysis:
502. HR 71
Resolution
Turnage Chapel Congregational Methodist Church; commend upon the occasion of its 114th anniversary.
Analysis:
503. HR 72
Resolution
Carrie Lee Jones Miller; commend life and legacy upon her passing.
Analysis:
504. HR 73
Resolution
Coach Lonnie Walker; commend the life and legacy upon his passing.
Analysis:
505. HR 74
Resolution
Dr. Jason and Mrs. Cynthia Coleman; commend for their humanitarian efforts to feed and provide shelter to victims of North Mississippi storms.
Analysis:
506. HR 75
Resolution
Colonel Carlyle Smith 'Smitty' Harris; commend service and heroism as a POW of the Vietnam War.
Analysis:
507. HR 76
Resolution
Republic of China (Taiwan) and Mississippi; encourage further economic ties and friendship between.
Analysis:
508. HR 77
Resolution
Simpson Academy Boys Basketball Team; commend upon winning the 2020 MAIS Overall State Basketball Championship.
Analysis:
509. HR 78
Resolution
Mr. Cortez Bryant; commend on his outstanding career as a manger for A-list music artists.
Analysis:
510. HR 79
Resolution
Jefferson County High School Football Team; commend for winning the MHSAA Class 3A District 7 football championship.
Analysis:
511. HR 80
Resolution
Mrs. Elletha M. Lewis; commend and express sympathy upon her passing.
Analysis:
512. HR 81
Resolution
Mr. Henry Dorsey; recognize and commend for his career of more than 44 years as an esteemed educator.
Analysis:
513. HR 82
Resolution
Sales and Marketing Pine Belt Pinnacle Awards; commend on 10th anniversary.
Analysis:
514. HR 83
Resolution
Bernice Linton Event Award; commend establishment of.
Analysis:
515. HR 84
Resolution
Taiwan; commend for donating 100,000 medical face masks to the State of Mississippi.
Analysis:
516. HR 85
Resolution
Jackie Ray Slater; commend upon being a Jackson State University Alumnus enshrined in the profootball Hall of Fame.
Analysis:
517. HR 86
Resolution
William David Martin; commend life and legacy of service upon his passing.
Analysis:
518. HR 87
Resolution
Lemuel Joseph 'Lem' Barney; commend upon being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Analysis:
519. SB 2001
Bad Policy
Teachers' salaries; provide for increase.
Analysis: This bill provides a $1,000 across-the-board teacher pay increase. While we support paying high-performing teachers, across-the-board salary increases are not the solution. In fact, evidence shows that higher pay often does not translate into more productivity. The issue is not that there is not enough money for teachers available, it is that our budget is eaten up with administrative costs that have risen over the past few years. Once this inequity is addressed by cutting bureaucracy in the educational system, more money will be available to pay teachers. Restructuring the funds already in place and examining closely the necessity of our abundant administrative costs can accomplish the worthy goal of providing more funding directly to the instructional staff in the classroom.
520. SB 2006
Not Rated
Depositories; revise bid process for selection by counties and municipalities.
Analysis:
521. SB 2009
Good Policy
Sex offenders; future contact with victim prohibited (Carly's Law).
Analysis: This bill makes it a felony crime for convicted sexual offenders to contact in any way their victim(s) for the remainder of their life. This rightly protects victims of sexual crimes and promises swift punishment to sexual offenders who would seek to repeat their crimes.
522. SB 2049
Not Rated
Baby Drop-off Law; revise certain definitions.
Analysis:
523. SB 2053
Not Rated
Governmental entities; prohibit public funding of advertising lobbying activities and certain conventions.
Analysis:
524. SB 2054
Good Policy
Capitol mail carrier and post office; repeal certain provisions relating to.
Analysis: This bill eliminates the position of mail carrier and distributor for the legislature and de-funds the upkeep of the legislative post-office room. The elimination of government functions that are not completely necessary saves the taxpayer's money.
525. SB 2061
Good Policy
Arrest warrant; opportunity for probable cause hearing before issuance.
Analysis: This bill requires that a judge determine, with or without a hearing, whether probable cause is clearly evident before an arrest warrant is issued against a person for an alleged criminal act. This will strengthen due process and help prevent frivolous prosecutions of Mississippians.
526. SB 2078
Not Rated
Motor vehicle towing; revise towing at the direction of real property owner.
Analysis:
527. SB 2099
Good Policy
Motor vehicles; clarify that receiving title is not contingent on tag purchase if vehicle will not be driven.
Analysis: This bill allows an owner of a motor vehicle to receive a certificate of title without purchasing a tag so long as the owner stipulates stipulates that he/she does not intend to drive the vehicle on state highways. A tag is only required to be purchased before the owner operates the vehicle on state highways.
528. SB 2102
Good Policy
Motor vehicles; clarify permission for wrecker and repair services to sell vehicles not titled and registered in their names.
Analysis: This bill authorizes wrecker services to sell motor vehicles that are not registered to the business under certain circumstances. It also exempts these vehicles from ad valorem tax. These are vehicles that are seldom actually on the road, their taxation is an unnecessary burden on the wrecker service.
529. SB 2112
Not Rated
Criminal history; enact 'Ban-the-Box Act.'
Analysis:
530. SB 2116
Not Rated
Electioneering; prohibit for all persons in any public area within a set distance of polling place.
Analysis:
531. SB 2117
Good Policy
Occupational licensing boards; require prompt licensure and temporary practice permits for certain military applicants.
Analysis: This bill requires an occupational licensing board to provide an applicant with a temporary license or certification within 30 days of the application being filed, provided that the applicant is military or is a military spouse. While this bill does lessen regulatory hurdles for one type of citizen and is surely a step in the right direction, regulatory hurdles should be lessened broadly for every type of citizen. Occupational licensing is often needless and arbitrary, placing regulatory hurdles in front of Mississippians who are attempting to work and acquire gainful employment. Occupational Licensing boards are furthermore often staffed by individuals already active in the industry they are tasked with regulating and who only stand to gain personally by raising the standards that their would-be competitors must meet in order to compete against them in the market.
532. SB 2118
Not Rated
Pecan Harvesting Law; revise penalties for violating.
Analysis:
533. SB 2119
Not Rated
City of Pontotoc; extend repealer on authority to levy tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.
Analysis:
534. SB 2123
Good Policy
'Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020'; enact.
Analysis: This bill simplifies and standardizes parole requirements for Mississippi’s inmates in an attempt to remove the uncertainty that currently plagues the process, giving inmates, their families and Mississippians a clearer idea of what to expect as far as parole is considered. The bill also makes it easier for parole board officers to order psychiatric/psychological evaluations on inmates in order to assist them in making the best decision regarding parole. In addition, the bill mandates that correctional facilities must submit a rehabilitative case plan for all inmates who will be eligible for parole within 90 days of incarceration. As a whole, this bill holds Mississippi’s correctional facilities more accountable by defining a set parole criteria and ensuring that the facilities are focused on rehabilitation as a priority for Mississippi’s inmates.
535. SB 2125
Good Policy
Veterans Form DD 214; provide for recordation by chancery clerk.
Analysis: This bill requires that all chancery clerks provide recordation of all military certifications to veterans free of charge.
536. SB 2131
Good Policy
Secretary of State's official seal; include the phrase 'In God We Trust' at the bottom.
Analysis: This bill adds our nation's motto "In God We Trust" to the official seal of the state's Secretary of State. This will serve as a reminder of our state's, nation's and people's special relationship with God. Our nation was founded upon the belief that God has ordained us with the natural rights that are the foundation of our cherished liberty. The seal of the Secretary of State only stands to gain by having the reaffirmation of our trust in God affixed to it.
537. SB 2149
Bad Policy
Appropriation; additional appropriation to Department of Finance & Administration for the 2020 Census.
Analysis: This is an appropriation of $400,000 from the state's general fund towards assisting the Federal Government's 2020 census in Mississippi. The state of Mississippi is in no position to be allocating funds towards projects that other government entities are ultimately responsible for and ultimately cannot afford to spend funds in ways that are unnecessary and largely wasteful.
538. SB 2150
Not Rated
Town of Walnut Grove; allow low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads.
Analysis:
539. SB 2176
Not Rated
Paternity; clarify circumstances under which putative father cannot contest.
Analysis:
540. SB 2183
Not Rated
City of Houston; extend repeal date for tax on restaurants, hotels and motels for tourism and parks and recreation.
Analysis:
541. SB 2187
Not Rated
Certificate of Foreign Birth; allow issuance by Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Analysis:
542. SB 2194
Not Rated
Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; remove repealer on statute providing for the deposit of fees into the State General Fund.
Analysis:
543. SB 2195
Not Rated
Memorial highway; designate certain segment of Mississippi Highway 15 in Newton County for Judge Marcus D. Gordon.
Analysis:
544. SB 2204
Bad Policy
Local government police vehicles; allow off-duty use under certain circumstances.
Analysis: This bill authorizes off-duty police officers to utilize their government police vehicles when operating as private security while off-duty. Law enforcement officers are of course free to work as private security officers in an off-duty capacity during their free time. However, they are not entitled to public resources while operating independently from doing government work. While employed in a private setting, law enforcement officers are being compensated by that private entity and are not working for the public at that moment. Police vehicles are public property and should only be used by public officials performing public duties, anything else is a misuse of public moneys and resources. It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to foot the bill for police officer's transportation while he/she is off-duty and engaged in private employment.
545. SB 2209
Not Rated
Memorial highway; designate portion of Old Highway 15/South Jackson Street in Houston for Armis Hawkins.
Analysis:
546. SB 2212
Not Rated
County jail census data; facilitate availability of.
Analysis:
547. SB 2213
Not Rated
Counties; require entry of recommended year-end accounting adjustments.
Analysis:
548. SB 2215
Not Rated
Department of Finance & Administration; require to conduct a biennial review of the state agency procurement process.
Analysis:
549. SB 2225
Not Rated
Disabled veteran with service-connected disability; clarify procedure for concealed weapons permit.
Analysis:
550. SB 2227
Neutral
MS Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act; revise to include HMO subscriber contracts and certificates.
Analysis:
551. SB 2230
Not Rated
Uninsured Motorist Act; provide coverage for claims involving vehicles owned or operated by persons protected by the MS Tort Claims Act.
Analysis:
552. SB 2234
Not Rated
Suffrage; restore suffrage to Vedo Kyles.
Analysis:
553. SB 2253
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; add facility to list of legislatively defined qualified resort areas.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the sale of alcohol at a specific venue in Alcorn County. This bill illustrates wonderfully the hypocritical nature of government regulations on the sale of alcohol. If the state kept itself out of the personal decisions of it's citizens, a bill with such narrow and obviously self-serving parameters would never be necessary. However, this bill, through returning personal freedom to one small group of people, is a small victory for liberty and personal responsibility.
554. SB 2257
Good Policy
State Auditor; authorize to examine tax returns necessary for auditing certain federal benefits.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the State Auditor to examine certain tax returns in order to perform an audit on benefits from federal agencies. As these benefits consist of public money the state and the people have a vested interest in auditing these benefits to ensure their proper use and disbursement.
555. SB 2266
Neutral
Municipal courts; authorize to hold court at municipal detention facilities.
Analysis: This bill authorizes municipal judges to hold court at the designated detention center of that municipality.
556. SB 2271
Not Rated
Wayne County; extend repealer on assessment on misdemeanor convictions to fund Wayne County Justice Complex.
Analysis:
557. SB 2272
Neutral
Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation; extend repealer on deadline for annual audit of accounts.
Analysis: This bill extends the current repeal of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation Trust Fund's required annual audit. This bill extends the repeal until July 1, 2024.
558. SB 2273
Neutral
State Port Authority; extend repealer on provision allowing the use of design-build method of contracting.
Analysis: This bill extends an active repeal on a regulation that limits the "design-build" method of contracting for use by the State Port Authority.
559. SB 2277
Not Rated
Department of Mental Health; authorize to sell certain state owned property located in City of Meridian.
Analysis:
560. SB 2279
Not Rated
State offenders serving sentences in county jails; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
561. SB 2283
Not Rated
School districts; revise employees and administrators subject to conflict-of-interest provisions.
Analysis:
562. SB 2286
Not Rated
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise funding and specify teaching standards.
Analysis:
563. SB 2287
Good Policy
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; authorize municipalities to allow operation on municipal streets.
Analysis: This bill authorizes local municipalities to be the sole deciders on road permits for Golf carts and low-speed vehicles in their jurisdiction. Decentralization of authority on trivial matters such as permits for golf carts and other low-speed vehicles is prudent as local government is typically more equipped to handle their own local issues.
564. SB 2288
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize issuance for Robotics Alliance of Mississippi.
Analysis:
565. SB 2290
Neutral
Homestead exemption application form; shall include name, date of birth, SSN, phone number and email address of the applicant and spouse.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that the name, social security number and date of birth of an applicant for a homestead exemption's spouse must be included on a homestead exemption application.
566. SB 2291
Not Rated
Sales tax; require Department of Revenue certificate for commercial farmers to receive 1.5% sales tax rate.
Analysis:
567. SB 2301
Not Rated
Auto insurance; remove repealer on statute requiring repair business or lienholder to be added as payees on claim checks.
Analysis:
568. SB 2307
Not Rated
State Board of Barber Examiners; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
569. SB 2309
Neutral
Compatibility of land use development with Mississippi military installations; require exchange of information.
Analysis: This bill requires that municipal and county governments in the immediate vicinity of military installations share with the leaders of the installation any land use plans and proposals. The bill does not give the military installation the power to effect the plans of the local government, only to review and provide comments.
570. SB 2311
Not Rated
State Board of Health; codify and extend repealer on fee authorization.
Analysis:
571. SB 2312
Not Rated
Memorial highway; designate portion of Mississippi Highway 302, also known as Goodman Road, in Horn Lake for Sam Dye.
Analysis:
572. SB 2314
Neutral
State parks; change name of Natchez State Park to 'Bob M. Dearing Natchez State Park.'
Analysis:
573. SB 2319
Neutral
Sales tax; clarify the description of logging equipment that qualifies for a reduced sales tax rate.
Analysis: This bill clarifies language regarding the sales tax rate of specific logging equipment.
574. SB 2324
Bad Policy
Alcohol; revise certain provisions regarding authority of Department of Revenue to dispose of seized alcohol.
Analysis: This bill slightly increases the parameters under which law enforcement may dispose of alcoholic beverages and "raw materials" connected with the production of alcoholic beverages. The state should not be in the business of seizing property as it pertains to alcohol in the first place, and surely should not be wastefully disposing of these materials. At the very least the state should sell this property at a profit and use the newly acquired funds to lessen the burden of the taxpayer.
575. SB 2325
Bad Policy
Public officials and employees; allow Department of Revenue appraisers to receive same pay increases as county tax assessors.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Revenue to raise the salaries of appraisers employed by his department. The state government should be actively searching for ways to reduce government spending, not going out of their way to increase it.
576. SB 2328
Neutral
Agriculture; revise loans for agribusinesses and obligation bonds for Emerging Crops Fund.
Analysis:
577. SB 2332
Not Rated
Forest acreage tax; extend repeal date on authority of county boards of supervisors to levy.
Analysis:
578. SB 2333
Bad Policy
Fees; authorize Department of Revenue to charge and place in special fund to defray costs of shipping alcoholic beverages.
Analysis: This bill creates a new fund for the shipping of alcoholic beverages for the ABC. This is not a new expenditure, only a change in the funding mechanism for this specific cost. However, the market of alcoholic beverages should be free and independent. Because we allow the state government to legislate the availability of alcohol in our state, we end up spending public money on the operations of the ABC, which would be unnecessary if alcohol sales were unregulated and left to the free market.
579. SB 2334
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize to contribute additional funds to certain organizations.
Analysis:
580. SB 2338
Not Rated
Residential roofing contractors; require licensing.
Analysis:
581. SB 2340
Not Rated
Historic structure tax credit; extend deadline for eligibility.
Analysis:
582. SB 2348
Bad Policy
Abandoned manufactured or mobile homes; establish procedure for disposition.
Analysis: This bill outlines the procedure through which the state may dispose of abandoned mobile or manufactured homes. This is not a primary function of government. Abandoned homes can be dealt with through already-existing legal functions of the state and are ultimately the responsibility of the owners of any land that these homes are left on. This bill represents another government expansion into an area of private life that is unneeded, unnecessary and wasteful of our public tax dollars.
583. SB 2351
Not Rated
Mississippi High School Activities Association; require to comply with Mississippi Open Meetings Law to receive public funds.
Analysis:
584. SB 2353
Not Rated
Critical Needs Teacher Forgivable Loan Program; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
585. SB 2362
Neutral
Use tax; revise certain provisions regarding distribution of funds to municipalities for road and bridge improvements.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that grant and loan proceeds shall not be counted when calculating the base period.
586. SB 2364
Not Rated
State Auditor; increase fee which may be charged for performing audits and other services.
Analysis:
587. SB 2365
Neutral
Motor vehicles; provide that ad valorem tax receipts shall not specify legislative session in relation to tag credit.
Analysis: This bill removes language from ad valorem tax credit receipts that specifies which legislative session granted the credit. Instead, the receipt will only mention that the credit is a result of legislative action without specifying which session.
588. SB 2366
Not Rated
Tax assessors; revise type of educational recognition certificate necessary to receive annual salary supplement.
Analysis:
589. SB 2369
Neutral
Ad valorem tax; remove reverter on provision waiving penalty and interest when county inadvertently extended exemption.
Analysis:
590. SB 2372
Not Rated
Amusement rides; provide requirements for an application to operate amusement rides and inspection requirements.
Analysis:
591. SB 2386
Not Rated
PSC; extend repealers, remove Motor Carrier Law references, treat renewable purchases like other power purchases.
Analysis:
592. SB 2391
Not Rated
Excavations; require use of the Positive Response Information System (PRIS) when marking the location of underground facilities.
Analysis:
593. SB 2394
Not Rated
Revised Mississippi Law on Notarial Acts; create and repeal existing statutes on notaries public.
Analysis:
594. SB 2395
Not Rated
School board members; increase pay.
Analysis:
595. SB 2396
Not Rated
Motor fuel sales; provide immunity for damages caused by the use of incompatible fuel upon certain conditions.
Analysis:
596. SB 2398
Not Rated
Poll managers; remove limitation on number which may be appointed by local election commissioners.
Analysis:
597. SB 2403
Neutral
Veterans; create the Mississippi Veterans Honor Medal Program.
Analysis: This bill creates a new medal for all Mississippi veterans who are honorably discharged from duty. The bill stipulates that the cost of the medal will be offset by its sale.
598. SB 2420
Neutral
Public official corruption; prosecution by Attorney General upon request of the State Auditor.
Analysis: This bill grants the Attorney General the authority to prosecute official corruption cases if requested to by the State Auditor.
599. SB 2421
Not Rated
Municipalities; establish expedited procedure to acquire and clear title on tax-forfeited lands.
Analysis:
600. SB 2427
Not Rated
MS S.A.F.E. Mortgage Act; remove repealer, clarify record keeping requirements, clarify estimate of costs provided to borrower.
Analysis:
601. SB 2430
Not Rated
Real estate appraisers, brokers and salespeople; establish statute of limitations for civil actions.
Analysis:
602. SB 2433
Neutral
Taxation; amend code sections to make interest rates consistent with other tax statutes.
Analysis: This bill changes the language used on ad valorem tax receipts. When in the past the receipt stated which specific legislative session allowed for the tax credit resulting in the receipt, it will now only mention that the credit came from legislative action, not specifying which session.
603. SB 2434
Not Rated
Sales Tax Taxation of Construction-Related Activities Study Committee; create.
Analysis:
604. SB 2435
Good Policy
Motor vehicles; remove requirement for apportioned vehicles to have decal with expiration month and year on license tag.
Analysis: This bill removes the requirement for apportioned vehicles to have the date of expiration decal attached to their license plate. Removing unnecessary state requirements like these is prudent and saves money for the taxpayer and the government .
605. SB 2439
Good Policy
Taxation; extend exemptions and credits for certain equipment used in the deployment of broadband technologies.
Analysis: This bill extends tax exemptions for communications equipment and the equipment used in deployment of broadband technologies. Businesses affected by the tax exemption will be allowed to further operate unfettered by state government, leading to more growth in that sector of the economy.
606. SB 2459
Bad Policy
Gang act; revise.
Analysis: This bill increases penalties for all felonies (violent and non-violent) in Mississippi and includes increased penalties for those believed by the state to be partaking in gang activity. "Gang activity" is a loose term that can be applied to almost any criminal act including non-violent ones, this will result in longer sentencing and stricter penalties based on loose and ill-defined terminology, not actual crime. This legislation substantially lowers the burden of proof for gang-related activity to the lesser "preponderance of the evidence" standard. Furthermore, it takes mothers and fathers out of Mississippi's homes and puts them into Mississippi's prisons at a time with vast prison overcrowding and an overwhelmed corrections system.
607. SB 2464
Not Rated
Trusty and earned-time programs; change eligibility to participate in.
Analysis:
608. SB 2467
Not Rated
Weight limits; allow certain vehicles fueled by compressed or liquefied natural gas to exceed on interstate highways.
Analysis:
609. SB 2469
Not Rated
Corrections; senior status judge may authorize parole eligibility for nonviolent offender.
Analysis:
610. SB 2470
Bad Policy
Taxation; allow denial of permit to engage in business as a different legal entity until previous taxes have been paid.
Analysis: This bill allows for the denial of a permit to engage in certain business activities if the state finds that the individual applying for the permit owes a tax liability to the state. This bill operates under the assumption that you don't have a right to operate a business without government approval. Owing money to the state is not a legitimate justification for the state to deny anyone the right to operate a business.
611. SB 2484
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' to include land owned by a certain state institution of higher learning.
Analysis: This bill recognizes institutions of higher learning as "qualified resort areas". This means that these institutions may apply for a "qualified resort area" waiver that, if approved, would allow for the sale of alcohol at that location. This bill also strikes from the law a provision that bans the sale and consumption of alcohol at any public sporting event. This bill represents a step in the direction, away from antiquated alcohol legislation that attempts to regulate the morality of its people.
612. SB 2486
Not Rated
Medicaid; authorize extension of Management Information System and Support contracts.
Analysis:
613. SB 2488
Neutral
Motor vehicle title; change vehicle age from 10 to 20 years for odometer disclosure exemption to conform with federal mandate.
Analysis: As it stands, in the event of a sale of a vehicle aged 10 years or under, the seller must disclose the exact mileage of the vehicle. This bill raises that threshold to 20 years or younger. As a result, all vehicles sold in Mississippi that are 20 years or younger must come included with the exact mileage information. This change in law reflects the current federal law on the matter.
614. SB 2506
Not Rated
Winona-Montgomery School Board of Trustees; revise membership.
Analysis:
615. SB 2508
Not Rated
Provisions of the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
616. SB 2509
Neutral
Failing school districts; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill continues the repeal of a regulation that authorizes the state board of education to appoint a new board to administer failing school districts.
617. SB 2510
Bad Policy
Foreign limited liability companies; revise administrative revocation.
Analysis: This bill grants the Secretary of State the power to administratively revoke the registration of a an otherwise authorized foreign limited liability company in the event that the that the company is found to be delinquent in any payments or tax owed to the state of Mississippi. The state should realize that having these businesses in the state helps our market thrive and our economy be more successful. The state should be actively searching for ways to incentivize businesses to locate in Mississippi, not creating new avenues to tax and remove them from the state.
618. SB 2511
Neutral
Teachers; revise licensure.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that an SAT score equivalent to an ACT score of 21 may be substituted to fulfill the standardized testing requirement for teacher licensure. It also revises specific language concerning teacher licensure.
619. SB 2513
Good Policy
Livestock on highways; delete burden on owner of livestock to prove lack of negligence in an action for damages.
Analysis: As it stands, in the event of livestock wandering onto state roads and causing an accident, the burden is on the owner of the livestock to prove that he was not negligent in allowing the livestock to wander onto the road per state law. This is akin to holding that the livestock owner is guilty first, and must prove his innocence. This stipulation violates the principle of "innocent and until proven guilty" and this bill removes that stipulation from state law.
620. SB 2515
Good Policy
Public officers and employees; require surety bond in a certain amount for officers and employees who handle public funds.
Analysis: This bill requires a minimum bond amount of $25,000 for public officials and employees. These bonds serve as insurance for the state in the event of corruption on the part of these officials or employees. These bonds will protect the tax payer from the possible misuse of funds by these officials.
621. SB 2522
Not Rated
Equal pay for equal work; require for employees of opposite sex in the same work establishment.
Analysis:
622. SB 2523
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers and firefighters; increase the death benefits payable to.
Analysis:
623. SB 2526
Not Rated
Ex-offender provisional driver's license; provide for.
Analysis:
624. SB 2527
Not Rated
Intervention courts; technical corrections.
Analysis:
625. SB 2536
Not Rated
Counties; authorize civil debt for cost of cleaning real property.
Analysis:
626. SB 2541
Not Rated
State and School Health Insurance Management Board; authorize superintendent of education to name designee.
Analysis:
627. SB 2545
Good Policy
Native wines; allow sampling and sale at public events, pickup at wineries, and sale of alcoholic additives in tasting rooms.
Analysis: This bill allows for the sampling and sale of wine at public events and loosens regulations regarding the delivery of wines to the retailers.
628. SB 2546
Not Rated
Dept. of Revenue; authorize to revise individual income tax forms to allow designation of two bank accounts for direct deposit.
Analysis:
629. SB 2550
Good Policy
DUI; nonadjudication of a first offense for CDL holder who was not operating a commercial vehicle.
Analysis: This bill permits the non adjudication of the the first DUI offense for a Commercial Drivers License holder provided he or she was not operating commercial vehicle at the time. Holders of CDLs are entitled to the same treatment under the law as any other Mississippian, especially when operating a non-commercial vehicle. Holding someone to a different legal standard because of an arbitrary characteristic, such as holding a license of any kind, is simply unjust.
630. SB 2551
Not Rated
Solemnize marriage; authorize certain federal judges to perform rites.
Analysis:
631. SB 2552
Not Rated
Brewpubs and small craft breweries; remove certain limits and prohibitions.
Analysis:
632. SB 2553
Not Rated
Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act; create.
Analysis:
633. SB 2554
Neutral
Oaths; revise officers authorized to administer.
Analysis: This bill gives Sheriffs and Police Chiefs the power to administer oaths.
634. SB 2555
Neutral
Child advocacy centers; immunity from civil liability.
Analysis: This bill offers protection to employees of child advocacy centers from the threat of having a civil suit brought against them on grounds pertaining to their work at the advocacy center. The purpose here is to allow these workers to feel more comfortable reporting and investigating incidents of possible child abuse and releasing information pertaining to these cases (in the good faith effort of helping the child) without fear of civil liability.
635. SB 2557
Good Policy
Advocate confidentiality law; protect certain information held by rape crisis and domestic violence programs.
Analysis: This bill makes all communication between a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking and their certified advocate confidential. The availability of a completely confidential advocate for victims of these crimes is invaluable to their recovery.
636. SB 2563
Not Rated
Incentives Transparency for a Prosperous Mississippi Act; create.
Analysis:
637. SB 2564
Not Rated
Department of Workforce Development; create and make responsible for certain programs and funds.
Analysis:
638. SB 2565
Not Rated
16th section trust interest; authorize districts to spend once loan payments are current.
Analysis:
639. SB 2583
Neutral
2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund; clarify provision relating to City of Guntown.
Analysis: This bill authorizes more allowable uses for funds from the 2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund in the city of Guntown. This does not amount to an increase in funding, only a change in what the funding is authorized to be used for in the city,
640. SB 2585
Not Rated
State Personnel Board procedures; exempt Department of Transportation for a period of one year.
Analysis:
641. SB 2594
Not Rated
The Equal Opportunity for Students with Special Needs Act; revise and extend repealer.
Analysis:
642. SB 2595
Not Rated
Governmental entities; may not prohibit wearing of traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at public events.
Analysis:
643. SB 2596
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; revise penalties for sale to minors.
Analysis:
644. SB 2600
Not Rated
Oil and gas distributors; allow bonds to exceed limit in certain instances, remove class distinctions and require e-filing.
Analysis:
645. SB 2601
Not Rated
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions relating to assessment of public service corporations.
Analysis:
646. SB 2603
Not Rated
State Personnel Board; exempt personnel actions of the Attorney General's office from.
Analysis:
647. SB 2605
Not Rated
Regulatory reduction program for Commission on Environmental Quality; provide pilot program.
Analysis:
648. SB 2610
Not Rated
Coordinator of Mental Health Accessibility; establish.
Analysis:
649. SB 2611
Not Rated
General and special courts martial; may order forfeiture of all pay of offenders.
Analysis:
650. SB 2626
Not Rated
Mississippi Qualified Health Center Grant Program; provide for physician grants.
Analysis:
651. SB 2633
Not Rated
Driver's licenses; revise various laws regarding.
Analysis:
652. SB 2658
Not Rated
Domesticated dogs and cats; revise offense of abuse of.
Analysis:
653. SB 2660
Not Rated
Superload vehicles; authorize law enforcement to escort and to charge reasonable fee for escort.
Analysis:
654. SB 2662
Not Rated
County and municipal election commissioners; increase per diem compensation for conducting elections.
Analysis:
655. SB 2674
Not Rated
Community public water systems; require continuing education for board members.
Analysis:
656. SB 2680
Neutral
County sheriffs; revise recordkeeping requirements for meals served to prisoners.
Analysis:
657. SB 2684
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; increase number of offenders in regional facilities and adjust regional per diem.
Analysis:
658. SB 2692
Not Rated
Memorial highway; designate portion of Highway 11 in Jones County for Police Chief Tyrone Stewart.
Analysis:
659. SB 2693
Not Rated
DNA samples; collected from person arrested for any felony and provide for destruction of samples only upon expungement request.
Analysis:
660. SB 2696
Not Rated
Corrections; revise qualifications for commissioner and bring forward sections on parole and jails.
Analysis:
661. SB 2702
Not Rated
Walnut Grove Correctional Authority; transfer all rights, benefits, obligations and duties to Dept. of Corrections.
Analysis:
662. SB 2709
Bad Policy
Insurance premium discount for hurricane or windstorm damage mitigation; include commercial property.
Analysis: This bill requires insurance companies to offer discounted rates for wind coverage for businesses and homes. This is not only a blatant violation of free-market/conservative principles, but is bad for the economy, bad for business, and ultimately bad for the consumer. Property owners must be responsible for the land that they own and the risk of environmental dangers to property is a risk that you take on when owning property. There is no compelling reason or unjust action here that warrants government intrusion. Insurance policies are contracts agreed to by two independent parties. In areas where wind damage is more likely to occur, insurance policies for wind damage will be more expensive; this makes sense in the free market and is to be expected. Legislation that sets prices for wind coverage policies de-incentivizes insurance companies from operating in the state which in turn lessens competition and drives up overall costs. The most efficient and fair exchange always comes when two parties bent on coming to a fair deal are on equal footing in a fair and free market. This bill inserts the government into the middle of an otherwise fair dealing between the insurance companies and the property owner, driving up costs for all and blatantly ignoring small government, free-market, conservative principles.
663. SB 2715
Not Rated
Highways; require Dept. of Transportation to erect signs directing motorists to Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument in Pike County.
Analysis:
664. SB 2716
Not Rated
Forestry permits; allow MDOT to issue for transporting of forestry related equipment.
Analysis:
665. SB 2717
Good Policy
Wildlife management areas; allow operation of electric bicycles on roads prescribed by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Analysis: This bill has been amended to provide that the operation of electric bicycles will be allowed in areas under the jurisdiction of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks regardless of age. This promotes the basic liberties of citizens.
666. SB 2720
Not Rated
Nets; prohibit use of certain nets for taking finfish within one-half nautical mile of the shoreline of Cat Island.
Analysis:
667. SB 2722
Bad Policy
Chronic wasting disease; require testing of white-tailed deer harvested in enclosures, and designate Class I and II violations.
Analysis: This bill requires that all who have white-tailed deer in any type of enclosure test those deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It goes even further to say that Wildlife Personnel have the authority to forcibly enter the enclosure and any other within 5 miles and use lethal collection methods to further test deer for CWD. While the intention here is good, the health of an enclosure of deer is not a legitimate basis to invade the property rights of Mississippians by forcibly entering their property.
668. SB 2723
Neutral
Commission on WFP; allow to extend open seasons ending Friday until 30 minutes after sunset on Sunday.
Analysis: This bill grants the Commission on Wildlife the authority to extend deer hunting season to 30 minutes past sundown on the following Sunday when the regular season ends on a Friday.
669. SB 2725
Good Policy
Hemp; create the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act.
Analysis: This bill legalizes the cultivation, transportation, processing and handling of hemp. Although this legalization come with heavy regulation, the legalization of hemp ultimately makes our markets and people freer and more prosperous.
670. SB 2727
Not Rated
Wild hogs; clarify designation of Class I violation for transportation of, and eliminate permits.
Analysis:
671. SB 2728
Not Rated
Air Operating Permit Program Fee Trust Fund; provide for more efficient management of.
Analysis:
672. SB 2734
Not Rated
Water skiing; revise safety requirements.
Analysis:
673. SB 2737
Not Rated
Marking election ballots; delete option of using indelible pencil to mark ballots.
Analysis:
674. SB 2744
Not Rated
Tribal identification cards; recognize as legal means of personal identification.
Analysis:
675. SB 2746
Not Rated
Mississippi Emergency Communications Authority Act; create.
Analysis:
676. SB 2759
Not Rated
Fresh Start Act of 2019; revise applicability of.
Analysis:
677. SB 2761
Not Rated
Oil and gas severance taxes; move remittance date back one month.
Analysis:
678. SB 2764
Not Rated
Motor vehicles; allow registrant to indicate condition impeding effective communication for law enforcement notification.
Analysis:
679. SB 2771
Good Policy
Children's Promise Act; remove reverter and extend repealer on tax credits, and increase certain limits on credits authorized.
Analysis: This bill increases the amount of allowed tax credits towards donations to charitable organizations. This will incentivize tax payers to devote more of their resources towards charitable organizations and receive more money in tax credits as a result. It also extends the repealer on a tax credit available to parents of adopted children.
680. SB 2772
Neutral
Coronavirus relief monies; transfer federal funds received, and provide small business relief.
Analysis:
681. SB 2774
Not Rated
Bonds; authorize issuance for various purposes.
Analysis:
682. SB 2785
Not Rated
Taxation; allow Commissioner of Revenue to reduce tax based on additional information after order of Board of Tax Appeals.
Analysis:
683. SB 2790
Not Rated
Occupational Licensing Review Commission; authorize active supervision over existing occupational regulations.
Analysis:
684. SB 2792
Not Rated
Department of Corrections; exempt personnel actions for one year and bring forward employee sections.
Analysis:
685. SB 2795
Not Rated
State Personnel Board procedures; exempt the Mississippi Development Authority for a period of 1 year.
Analysis:
686. SB 2797
Not Rated
Appellate judges and justices; revise geographical limitation on expense allowance for.
Analysis:
687. SB 2800
Not Rated
Withholding orders for child support; shall be in compliance with federal Consumer Protection Act.
Analysis:
688. SB 2802
Not Rated
Controlled substance prescriptions; require electronic prescribing.
Analysis:
689. SB 2807
Not Rated
Mississippi Liquor Distribution Corporation; create study committee on.
Analysis:
690. SB 2810
Not Rated
Medical records requests; require timely response to patients.
Analysis:
691. SB 2821
Not Rated
Venue for actions against members of the Mississippi National Guard; shall be brought in state military court.
Analysis:
692. SB 2824
Not Rated
Higher Education Legislative Plan; align core curriculum with the required IHL College Preparatory Curriculum.
Analysis:
693. SB 2830
Not Rated
Right-to-Try Act; revise definitions to include traumatic injury and adult autologous mesenchymal stem cell.
Analysis:
694. SB 2838
Not Rated
Department of Tourism; create.
Analysis:
695. SB 2847
Not Rated
Tourism Project Incentive Program; extend deadline on MDA's authority to approve participants.
Analysis:
696. SB 2848
Not Rated
MS Conveyance Safety Act; exempt conveyances that serve only two adjacent floors from annual inspection requirement.
Analysis:
697. SB 2849
Not Rated
Board of supervisors; authorize to pay employees every two weeks.
Analysis:
698. SB 2850
Not Rated
Small estates; clarify muniment of title and affidavit of succession.
Analysis:
699. SB 2851
Not Rated
Uniform Probate and Trust codes; enact portions.
Analysis:
700. SB 2853
Not Rated
Service of tax sale notices; revise to allow service by a constable.
Analysis:
701. SB 2856
Not Rated
Municipalities; allow certain to establish overdue water/sewer bill programs.
Analysis:
702. SB 2864
Not Rated
Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program; revise.
Analysis:
703. SB 2872
Not Rated
Critical infrastructure; define crimes of impeding and trespassing against.
Analysis:
704. SB 2874
Not Rated
Guardianships and conservatorships; revise GAP Act.
Analysis:
705. SB 2876
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; immunity under certain circumstances.
Analysis:
706. SB 2877
Not Rated
Paternity; mother of the dependent child may execute a declaration of paternity with the court.
Analysis:
707. SB 2881
Not Rated
Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Program; revise comprehensive investment plan and investment options for.
Analysis:
708. SB 2885
Not Rated
Greene County; extend repeal date on assessments in justice court.
Analysis:
709. SB 2886
Not Rated
Coahoma County; allow board to withdraw funds from trust for equipping justice/jail/E911 complex and central fire station.
Analysis:
710. SB 2887
Not Rated
Bolivar County; authorize board of supervisors to contribute to the Bolivar County Community Action Agency, Inc.
Analysis:
711. SB 2905
Not Rated
City of Hattiesburg; correct errors referencing county instead of city, and extend repealer on tourism tax and commission.
Analysis:
712. SB 2906
Not Rated
Warren County; authorize to contribute funds to certain organizations.
Analysis:
713. SB 2908
Not Rated
City of West Point; extend repealer on authority to levy tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.
Analysis:
714. SB 2909
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize to expand or merge existing lighting districts.
Analysis:
715. SB 2920
Not Rated
Restore suffrage to Robert Warren.
Analysis:
716. SB 2921
Not Rated
City of Vicksburg; authorize city to adopt ordinance to permit motor-assisted scooters to operate on certain city streets.
Analysis:
717. SB 2922
Not Rated
City of Vicksburg; authorize to contribute to the Read by Third Grade Tutorial Program.
Analysis:
718. SB 2923
Not Rated
City of Vicksburg; authorize to contribute funds to the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program.
Analysis:
719. SB 2924
Not Rated
City of Winona; extend repealer on authority to levy tax on restaurants.
Analysis:
720. SB 2925
Not Rated
Local governmental entities and school districts; authorize grant of admin leave with pay in certain disasters or emergencies.
Analysis:
721. SB 2926
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - Subsidiary programs.
Analysis:
722. SB 2927
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - Student Financial Aid.
Analysis:
723. SB 2928
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Analysis:
724. SB 2929
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - Alcorn State - Agricultural programs.
Analysis:
725. SB 2930
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - Mississippi State University - Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
Analysis:
726. SB 2931
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - Mississippi State University - Cooperative Extension Service.
Analysis:
727. SB 2932
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - Mississippi State University - Forest and Wildlife Research Center.
Analysis:
728. SB 2933
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - Mississippi State University - Veterinary Medicine, College of.
Analysis:
729. SB 2934
Not Rated
Appropriation; Community and Junior Colleges Board - Administrative expenses.
Analysis:
730. SB 2935
Not Rated
Appropriation; Community and Junior Colleges Board - Support for community and junior colleges.
Analysis:
731. SB 2936
Not Rated
Appropriation; Corrections, Department of.
Analysis:
732. SB 2937
Not Rated
Appropriation; Public Safety, Department of.
Analysis:
733. SB 2938
Not Rated
Appropriation; Emergency Management Agency.
Analysis:
734. SB 2939
Not Rated
Appropriation; Military Department.
Analysis:
735. SB 2940
Not Rated
Appropriation; Veterans Affairs Board.
Analysis:
736. SB 2941
Not Rated
Appropriation; Judicial Performance Commission.
Analysis:
737. SB 2942
Not Rated
Appropriation; Ethics Commission.
Analysis:
738. SB 2943
Not Rated
Appropriation; Employment Security, Department of.
Analysis:
739. SB 2944
Not Rated
Appropriation; Revenue, Department of.
Analysis:
740. SB 2945
Not Rated
Appropriation; Tax Appeals Board.
Analysis:
741. SB 2946
Not Rated
Appropriation; Workers' Compensation Commission.
Analysis:
742. SB 2947
Not Rated
Appropriation; Mental Health, Department of.
Analysis:
743. SB 2948
Not Rated
Appropriation; Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority.
Analysis:
744. SB 2949
Not Rated
Appropriation; Transportation, Department of - State Aid Road Construction, Office of.
Analysis:
745. SB 2950
Not Rated
Appropriation; Chiropractic Examiners, Board of.
Analysis:
746. SB 2951
Not Rated
Appropriation; Dental Examiners, Board of.
Analysis:
747. SB 2952
Not Rated
Appropriation; Funeral Services Board.
Analysis:
748. SB 2953
Not Rated
Appropriation; Massage Therapy, Board of.
Analysis:
749. SB 2954
Not Rated
Appropriation; Pharmacy, Board of.
Analysis:
750. SB 2955
Not Rated
Appropriation; Counselors, Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional.
Analysis:
751. SB 2956
Not Rated
Appropriation; Veterinary Examiners, Board of.
Analysis:
752. SB 2957
Not Rated
Appropriation; Gaming Commission.
Analysis:
753. SB 2958
Not Rated
Appropriation; Architecture, Board of.
Analysis:
754. SB 2959
Not Rated
Appropriation; Geologists, Board of Registered Professional.
Analysis:
755. SB 2960
Not Rated
Appropriation; Motor Vehicle Commission.
Analysis:
756. SB 2961
Not Rated
Appropriation; Accountancy, Board of Public.
Analysis:
757. SB 2962
Not Rated
Appropriation; Contractors, Board of.
Analysis:
758. SB 2963
Not Rated
Appropriation; Agriculture and Commerce, Department of.
Analysis:
759. SB 2964
Not Rated
Appropriation; Egg Marketing Board.
Analysis:
760. SB 2965
Not Rated
Appropriation; Animal Health, Board of.
Analysis:
761. SB 2966
Not Rated
Appropriation; Fair and Coliseum Commission.
Analysis:
762. SB 2967
Not Rated
Appropriation; Fair and Coliseum Commission - Livestock shows.
Analysis:
763. SB 2968
Not Rated
Appropriation; Banking and Consumer Finance, Department of.
Analysis:
764. SB 2969
Not Rated
Appropriation; Finance and Administration, Department of.
Analysis:
765. SB 2970
Not Rated
Appropriation; Governor's Office and Mansion.
Analysis:
766. SB 2971
Not Rated
Appropriation; Audit, Department of.
Analysis:
767. SB 2972
Not Rated
Appropriation; Information Technology Services, Department of.
Analysis:
768. SB 2973
Not Rated
Appropriation; Personnel Board.
Analysis:
769. SB 2974
Not Rated
Appropriation; Secretary of State.
Analysis:
770. SB 2975
Not Rated
Appropriation; Treasurer's Office.
Analysis:
771. SB 2976
Not Rated
Appropriation; Debt Service-Gen. Obli.
Analysis:
772. SB 2977
Not Rated
Appropriation; Development Authority, Mississippi.
Analysis:
773. SB 2978
Not Rated
Appropriation; IHL - General support.
Analysis:
774. SB 2979
Not Rated
Appropriations; additional appropriations for Veterans Affairs Board for FY20.
Analysis:
775. SB 2980
Not Rated
Appropriations; additional appropriations for various state agencies for FY20.
Analysis:
776. SB 2981
Not Rated
Grenada County; establish Greater Grenada Partnership as economic and industrial development authority.
Analysis:
777. SB 2982
Not Rated
Marshall County; authorize to contribute matching funds to ICS Head Start and Northeast Mississippi Community Services, Inc.
Analysis:
778. SB 2983
Not Rated
Coahoma County; authorize board of supervisors to contribute to But God Ministries.
Analysis:
779. SB 2984
Not Rated
Marshall County; authorize to contribute to a 501(c)(3) qualified charitable organizations to support food pantries.
Analysis:
780. SB 2985
Not Rated
Town of Belmont; authorize to expand and operate natural gas distribution system to serve certain areas of Itawamba County.
Analysis:
781. SB 2986
Not Rated
City of Olive Branch; authorize 1% tax on hotels and motels and issuance of bonds for tourism and parks and recreation.
Analysis:
782. SB 3008
Not Rated
City of Oxford; change governing law for city trust fund investments from PERS to MS Uniform Prudent Investor Act.
Analysis:
783. SB 3009
Not Rated
City of Okolona; authorize to use electric power delivery system to provide broadband service to certain counties.
Analysis:
784. SB 3010
Not Rated
Tunica County; authorize contributions to the Tunica County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
Analysis:
785. SB 3011
Not Rated
Appropriation; Dept. of Health for COVID-19 expenses incurred by hospitals for FY20 and FY21.
Analysis:
786. SB 3012
Not Rated
Appropriation; Dept. of Finance and Administration for COVID-19 expenses incurred by municipalities and counties for FY 20 and FY 21.
Analysis:
787. SB 3013
Not Rated
Appropriation; Dept. of Education, IHL and Community Colleges for COVID-19 expenses for FY20 and FY21.
Analysis:
788. SB 3014
Not Rated
Appropriation; Dept. of Finance and Administration for COVID 19 expenses for FY20 and FY21.
Analysis:
789. SB 3032
Not Rated
Analysis:
790. SB 3033
Not Rated
Analysis:
791. SC 501
Resolution
Joint assembly to inaugurate Lieutenant Governor and state officials.
Analysis:
792. SC 502
Resolution
Commend the Hernando High School 'Marching Tigers' and staff for winning fourth Class 6A State Championship.
Analysis:
793. SC 503
Resolution
Remembering the professional football legacy of Oakland Raider Super Bowl Champion William (Willie) Brown of Yazoo City.
Analysis:
794. SC 504
Resolution
Extend sympathy of Legislature to surviving family of Panola County Constable Raye Hawkins.
Analysis:
795. SC 505
Resolution
Remembering the legacy of Hinds County Senior Court Judge Houston J. Patton.
Analysis:
796. SC 506
Resolution
Recognize March as 'Theatre in Our Schools' Month.
Analysis:
797. SC 507
Resolution
Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Neely Baptist Church in Greene County.
Analysis:
798. SC 508
Resolution
Commend Nanih Waiya High School 'Warriors' Football Team for second consecutive Class 1A State Championship.
Analysis:
799. SC 509
Resolution
Commend Oxford High School 'Chargers' Football Team and Coach Chris Cutcliffe for first-ever 6A State Championship.
Analysis:
800. SC 510
Resolution
Commend musical excellence of Select Chorus at Forrest County Agricultural High School.
Analysis:
801. SC 512
Resolution
Recognize outstanding military career of U.S. Air Force Lt. Colonel 'Dex' McCain of Batesville on his retirement.
Analysis:
802. SC 513
Resolution
Pay tribute to the memory of former Jackson City Commissioner and Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Nielsen Cochran.
Analysis:
803. SC 514
Resolution
Commend Murrah High School Mustang Speech and Debate Team for national awards and four senior Academic All-Americans.
Analysis:
804. SC 515
Resolution
Mourn the passing of Alcorn State University Historian Dr. Josephine Posey.
Analysis:
805. SC 516
Resolution
Commend Lt. Col. (Retired)' Dr. William 'Bill' Cooley.
Analysis:
806. SC 517
Resolution
Commend Honorable Fred Banks, Jr.
Analysis:
807. SC 518
Resolution
Commend Honorable Reuben V. Anderson, first African American Justice of Mississippi Supreme Court.
Analysis:
808. SC 519
Resolution
Commend the 2019 West Point High School 'Green Wave' Football Team for winning their four-peat Class 5A Championship.
Analysis:
809. SC 520
Resolution
Congratulating Mississippi Public Broadcasting (MPB) on 50th Anniversary on February 1, 2020.
Analysis:
810. SC 521
Resolution
Recognize January 13 as Founders Day for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority public service organization.
Analysis:
811. SC 522
Resolution
Commend Alcorn State University 'Braves' Football Team and Coach Fred McNair for winning 2019 second-consecutive SWAC Championship.
Analysis:
812. SC 523
Resolution
Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Saint Joseph Catholic School.
Analysis:
813. SC 524
Resolution
Designate February 12, 2020, as 'World Cholangiocarcinoma Day'.
Analysis:
814. SC 525
Resolution
Recognize former Senator Willie Simmons as first African American elected to the Mississippi Transportation Commission.
Analysis:
815. SC 526
Resolution
Recognize Ruby Jean McGee Kennedy on the occasion of her 100th Birthday.
Analysis:
816. SC 527
Resolution
Remember JSU Legend Walter Payton on the occasion of being named as No. 16 in ESPN's College Football's 150 Greatest Players.
Analysis:
817. SC 528
Resolution
'Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Day at the Capitol'; observe on March 17, 2020.
Analysis:
818. SC 529
Resolution
Commend legacy of former Ole Miss record-breaking quarterback Eli Manning on the occasion of his retirement from the New York Giants.
Analysis:
819. SC 530
Resolution
Commend the public service of Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Hobson Calhoun on the occasion of her retirement.
Analysis:
820. SC 531
Resolution
Recognize Richard Kelso as the recipient of the 2020 Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in Visual Arts.
Analysis:
821. SC 532
Resolution
Recognize Steve Forbert as the recipient of the 2020 Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in Music.
Analysis:
822. SC 533
Resolution
Recognize Henry Danton as the recipient of the 2020 Governor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance.
Analysis:
823. SC 534
Resolution
Recognize Tougaloo College Art Collections as the recipient of the 2020 Governor's Arts Award for Preservation of the Arts.
Analysis:
824. SC 535
Resolution
Recognize The Jackson Southernaires as the recipient of the 2020 Governor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music.
Analysis:
825. SC 536
Resolution
Recognize achievements of Grammy Award-Winning Country Music Singer-Songwriter Marty Stuart and his commitment to Mississippi.
Analysis:
826. SC 537
Resolution
'Southeastern Super Tuesday Presidential Primary for the 2024 Election'; urge Governor and Secretary of State to develop agreement.
Analysis:
827. SC 538
Resolution
Designate March 7, 2020, as 'Mississippi Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day.'
Analysis:
828. SC 539
Resolution
Commend Stone County High School 'Tomcats' Tennis Team for winning 2019 5A State Championship.
Analysis:
829. SC 540
Resolution
Paying tribute to the public, legal and military service of Honorable Cono Caranna II of Biloxi, Mississippi.
Analysis:
830. SC 541
Resolution
Commend Super Bowl LIV football Champion Kansas City Chiefs' Linebacker Damien Wilson from Gloster, Mississippi.
Analysis:
831. SC 542
Resolution
Commend Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs' Cornerback Charvarius Ward.
Analysis:
832. SC 544
Resolution
Designate April 13-19, 2020, as 'Mississippi Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week.'
Analysis:
833. SC 545
Resolution
Bonnet Carr Spillway; urge Congress to work collaboratively with the state to find long-term solutions.
Analysis:
834. SC 546
Resolution
Celebrating the Consecration of Bishop-Elect Dr. Charles E. Bass of Family Worship Church in Greenville, Mississippi.
Analysis:
835. SC 548
Resolution
Constitution; amend to elect Governor and state elected officials by majority of popular vote with no electoral vote requirement.
Analysis:
836. SC 552
Resolution
Second Amendment rights and preemption of Mississippi law relative to firearms; express legislative intent.
Analysis:
837. SC 553
Resolution
Commend Super Bowl LIV football Champion Kansas City Chief Defensive Tackle Chris Jones from Houston, Mississippi.
Analysis:
838. SC 554
Resolution
Commend 2020 Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) honorees.
Analysis:
839. SC 555
Resolution
Commend legacy of Honorable Hiram Revels on 150th Anniversary of his election to U.S. Senate.
Analysis:
840. SC 556
Resolution
Recognize former JSU President Dr. John Arthur Peoples, Jr., and Mrs. Mary Peoples for contributions to higher education in MS.
Analysis:
841. SC 557
Resolution
'The Year to Embrace the Gulf'; recognize 2021 as and encourage observance of.
Analysis:
842. SC 558
Resolution
Recognize Dr. Al Rankins of Greenville, Mississippi, as first African American to serve as Commissioner of IHL.
Analysis:
843. SC 559
Resolution
Commend Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for 100th Anniversary.
Analysis:
844. SC 560
Resolution
Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of deactivation and service of General Patton's 3rd Army, 65th Infantry Division.
Analysis:
845. SC 561
Resolution
Suspend rules; for introduction of a bill to authorize leave with pay to local government employees during emergency.
Analysis:
846. SC 562
Resolution
Express intent of Legislature that daylight saving time shall be the year-round standard time in Mississippi.
Analysis:
847. SC 563
Resolution
Recognize career and civic contributions of Tom Pittman, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.
Analysis:
848. SC 564
Resolution
Commend Ocean Springs High School 'Greyhounds' Boys Soccer Team for winning MHSAA Class 6A State Championship.
Analysis:
849. SC 565
Resolution
Mourn the passing of retired MS Supreme Court Chief Justice Lenore Prather and commend her service as the first female Justice.
Analysis:
850. SC 566
Resolution
Commend life of former MS Senator, MS Representative, Central MS Highway Commissioner, Baptist Minister and Lt. Gen. Wayne O. Burkes.
Analysis:
851. SC 567
Resolution
Suspension of Joint Rule 40 for immediate consideration of conference report on SB No. 2772; authorize.
Analysis:
852. SC 568
Resolution
Commend Nancy Lane from Brandon, Mississippi, upon her election as Treasurer for the National Association of REALTORS.
Analysis:
853. SC 569
Resolution
Suspend rules; establish program for medical marijuana as authorized by Legislative alternative to Initiative No. 65.
Analysis:
854. SC 570
Resolution
Urge United States Congress to provide funding to all Mississippi municipalities to fight COVID-19 pandemic.
Analysis:
855. SC 571
Resolution
Paying tribute to the memory of veteran Mississippi Highway Patrolman and Sheriff Weston Hampton Birdsong, Jr., of Grenada.
Analysis:
856. SC 572
Resolution
Suspend rules for drafting, etc.; transfer certain CARES ACT monies to MDA for a local government grant program.
Analysis:
857. SC 573
Resolution
Commend the life of Robert Jerry 'Gentle Ben' Williams, the first African-American to play football at Ole Miss.
Analysis:
858. SN 1
Not Rated
Leila Rose Malatesta, Flora, Mississippi, Public Procurement Review Board, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2023.
Analysis:
859. SN 2
Not Rated
Nancy Amanda Collins, Tupelo, Mississippi, State Board of Education, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2028.
Analysis:
860. SN 3
Not Rated
Dr. Jean Allen Lyles (Jean) Young, Petal, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term effective immediately and ending August 31, 2022.
Analysis:
861. SN 4
Not Rated
William Marlden (Bill) Billingsley, Madison, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term effective immediately and ending August 31, 2022.
Analysis:
862. SN 5
Not Rated
John Richard (John) Laws, III, Madison, Mississippi, State Board of Contractors as a Building Contractor representative, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2023.
Analysis:
863. SN 6
Not Rated
Dr. Cassie (Cass) Pennington, Indianola, Mississippi, Mississippi Lottery Corporation Board of Directors, five year term effective immediately and ending December 31, 2024.
Analysis:
864. SN 7
Not Rated
Brandi R. Butler Taylor, LPN, Jackson, Mississippi, Mississippi Board of Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2021.
Analysis:
865. SN 8
Not Rated
Blakeley Ferrell (Blake) Ward, CRNA, Madison, Mississippi, Mississippi Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in clinical practice, four year term beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2022.
Analysis:
866. SN 9
Not Rated
Drew Landon Snyder, Jackson, Mississippi, Executive Director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, term effective January 14, 2020.
Analysis:
867. SN 10
Not Rated
Jacqueline Renee (Jackie) Turner, Sallis, Mississippi, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, term effective January 14, 2020.
Analysis:
868. SN 11
Not Rated
Major General Janson Durr Boyles, Jackson, Mississippi, Adjutant General of Mississippi, four year term concurrent with Governor's term of office.
Analysis:
869. SN 12
Not Rated
Mark Durelle Williams, DMD, Meridian, Mississippi, Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2023, representing Dental District Three as the licensed dentist, vice Dr. Mark Donald.
Analysis:
870. SN 13
Not Rated
Desmond Wayne Hoda, D.C., Diamondhead, Mississippi, State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, five year term effective immediately and ending April 20, 2022, representing the Fourth Congressional District.
Analysis:
871. SN 14
Not Rated
Michael David Allen, D.C., Starkville, Mississippi, State Board of Chiropractic Examiners, five year term beginning April 21, 2020 and ending April 20, 2025, representing the Third Congressional District.
Analysis:
872. SN 15
Not Rated
Billy Vaughn (Bill) Mayfield, Brandon, Mississippi, Board of Directors for the Mississippi Industries for the Blind as the educator with expertise in rehabilitation or the field of blindness, four year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2024.
Analysis:
873. SN 16
Not Rated
Issac Luther Boose, Jr., LPC, Richton, Mississippi, Mississippi State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2023, representing the Fourth Congressional District, vice Victoria Williams.
Analysis:
874. SN 17
Not Rated
Nancy Rea Luke Carpenter, Columbus, Mississippi, Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, six year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending January 1, 2026.
Analysis:
875. SN 18
Not Rated
Spencer J. (Spence) Flatgard, Ridgeland, Mississippi, Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, six year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending January 1, 2026.
Analysis:
876. SN 19
Not Rated
Edmond Earl Hughes, Jr., Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, six year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending January 1, 2026.
Analysis:
877. SN 20
Not Rated
Helen Moss Smith, Natchez, Mississippi, Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, six year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending January 1, 2026.
Analysis:
878. SN 21
Not Rated
Joe William Stedman, Natchez, Mississippi, Mississippi Real Estate Commission as the real estate broker, four year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2024, representing the Third Congressional District.
Analysis:
879. SN 22
Not Rated
Donnie Norris Caughman, Braxton, Mississippi, Mississippi Community College Board as a representative of the Fourth Congressional District as it existed in 1986, six year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2026.
Analysis:
880. SN 23
Not Rated
Robert Gilmon (Bob) Anderson, Madison, Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Human Services as the Executive Director of Human Services, term effective March 16, 2020 and appointee shall serve at will and pleasure of the Governor.
Analysis:
881. SN 24
Not Rated
Anthony Charles (Tony) Waits, Prentiss, Mississippi, State Board of Pharmacy as the Fourth Congressional District representative, five year term beginning July 2, 2020 and ending July 1, 2025.
Analysis:
882. SN 25
Not Rated
Ronnie Bagwell, Jr., Brandon, Mississippi, State Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacist At-Large holding an institutional permit, five year term beginning July 2, 2020 and ending July 1, 2025.
Analysis:
883. SN 26
Not Rated
Stephen Patrick (Steve) Edwards, O.D., Water Valley, Mississippi, Mississippi State Board of Optometry, five year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2025, representing the First Congressional District as it existed in 1980.
Analysis:
884. SN 27
Not Rated
Kenneth Francis (Ken) Martin, Mendenhall, Mississippi, Mississippi Forestry Commission as the Third Congressional District representative, six year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2026.
Analysis:
885. SN 28
Not Rated
Joel Anthony (Tony) Carroll, Tupelo, Mississippi, Mississippi State Board of Contractors as a Building Contractor representative, five year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2025.
Analysis:
886. SN 29
Not Rated
Bennie Lee Adkins, Philadelphia, Mississippi, State Board of Barber Examiners as the at-large representative, four year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2024.
Analysis:
887. SN 30
Not Rated
Dr. Elizabeth Ann (Beth) Tinnon, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Mississippi State Board of Nursing Home Administrators as the Educator with expertise in the field of health care, four year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2024.
Analysis:
888. SN 31
Not Rated
Elizabeth Stevens (Liz) Welch, Madison, Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration as the Executive Director, term effective May 18, 2020 and the appointee shall serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor.
Analysis:
889. SN 32
Not Rated
Drew Landon Snyder, Jackson, Mississippi, Executive Director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, term effective January 14, 2020 and the appointee shall serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor.
Analysis:
890. SN 33
Not Rated
Nathan Burl (Burl) Cain, CCE, --, Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Corrections as Commissioner of Corrections, term effective May 21, 2020.
Analysis:
891. SN 34
Not Rated
Joseph Truitt (Jody) Wagner, Hickory, Mississippi, Mississippi Board of Animal Health as the General Farmer, four year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2024.
Analysis:
892. SN 35
Not Rated
Micah Ray Walker, M.D., Flora, Mississippi, Mississippi State Board of Nursing Home Administrators as the licensed and practicing medical doctor or physician, term effective immediately and ends June 30, 2022.
Analysis:
893. SN 36
Not Rated
Sean Jeffrey Tindell, Gulfport, Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Public Safety as the Commissioner of Public Safety, term effective June 1, 2020 and appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
Analysis:
894. SR 1
Resolution
Adopt permanent rules of the Senate.
Analysis:
895. SR 2
Resolution
Commend Senate service of Senator Debbie Dawkins.
Analysis:
896. SR 3
Resolution
Commend Senate service of Senator Chris Massey.
Analysis:
897. SR 4
Resolution
Senate Rules; amend Rule 65 to provide for removal of members of the Rules Committee.
Analysis:
898. SR 5
Resolution
Commend Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at Delta Days in the Capitol.
Analysis:
899. SR 6
Resolution
Paying tribute to the memory of respected Morton Physician and Community Leader Dr. Howard D. Clark, M.D.
Analysis:
900. SR 7
Resolution
Recognize 75th Anniversary of Resurrection Catholic School Annual Carnival Ball.
Analysis:
901. SR 8
Resolution
Recognize 'Mississippi Links Day at the Capitol.'
Analysis:
902. SR 9
Resolution
Commend St. Andrew's Episcopal 'Lady Saints' Soccer Team for winning the State Championship.
Analysis:
903. SR 10
Resolution
Welcome NASA Astronaut Colonel Douglas Wheelock on Stennis Space Center Capitol Day.
Analysis:
904. SR 11
Resolution
Commend Super Bowl Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Tackle Martinas Rankin.
Analysis:
905. SR 12
Resolution
Celebrate 37th Anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Mississippi and Taiwan.
Analysis:
906. SR 13
Resolution
Commend Ole Miss Hockey Club for winning its first SEC title in school history.
Analysis:
907. SR 14
Resolution
Recognize Richard H. McNeel as the 2020 Mississippi State University Alumnus of the Year for the College of Architecture.
Analysis:
908. SR 15
Resolution
Commend Gulfport High School 'Lady Admirals' Girls Soccer Team for winning State Championship.
Analysis:
909. SR 16
Resolution
Commend MS Gulf Coast Community College 'Bulldogs' Football Team for winning 2019 NJCAA National Title.
Analysis:
910. SR 17
Resolution
Recognize Talking Book Services on 50th Anniversary.
Analysis:
911. SR 18
Resolution
Commend the life of Greenville Community activist Ruthie Mae Ransom Morris and extending condolences of the Senate.
Analysis:
912. SR 19
Resolution
Recognize former JSU President Dr. John Arthur Peoples, Jr., and Mrs. Mary Peoples for contributions to higher education in MS.
Analysis:
913. SR 20
Resolution
Commend Center Hill High School 'Lady Mustangs' Volleyball Team for 2019 Class 5A State Championship.
Analysis:
914. SR 21
Resolution
Recognize Arielle Hudson of Tunica as first African American female recipient of Rhodes Scholarship at University of MS.
Analysis:
915. SR 22
Resolution
Commend 2020 Center Hill High School 'Mustangs' Boys Soccer Team for first-ever 5A State Championship.
Analysis:
916. SR 23
Resolution
Commend Holmes Community College 'Lady Bulldogs' Soccer Team for State and Regional Championships.
Analysis:
917. SR 24
Resolution
Commend Coahoma High School 'Red Panthers' Boys Basketball Team for winning their third 2A State Championship in four years.
Analysis:
918. SR 25
Resolution
Commend Olive Branch High School 'Lady Quistors' Basketball Team for winning second straight 6A State Championship.
Analysis:
919. SR 26
Resolution
Commend 2019-2020 Simpson Academy 'Cougars' Boys Basketball Team for first-ever MAIS Overall State Championship.
Analysis:
920. SR 27
Resolution
Recognize career and culinary success of Chef Nick Wallace.
Analysis:
921. SR 28
Resolution
Commend John Miller for being named 'Instructor of the Year' at the Jackson County Campus of MS Gulf Coast Community College.
Analysis:
922. SR 29
Resolution
Commend JoAnne Daniels for being named Jefferson Davis Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College 'Instructor of the Year.'
Analysis:
923. SR 30
Resolution
Commend Ms. Angela Butler for being named 'Instructor of the Year' at the Perkinston Campus of MS Gulf Coast Community College.
Analysis:
924. SR 31
Resolution
Commend Phi Beta Lambda business students at Co-Lin for State Leadership Conference awards.
Analysis:
925. SR 32
Resolution
Recognize Dr. Kara Blackard, Pastor of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.
Analysis:
926. SR 33
Resolution
Commend Jobs for Mississippi Graduates student's success at JAG National Student Leadership Academy.
Analysis:
927. SR 34
Resolution
Recognize public service of Steven Allen, Deputy Executive Director of MS Department of Mental Health.
Analysis:
928. SR 35
Resolution
Commend life and healthcare service of Sheena Renee Comfort Miles and extend condolences of Mississippi Senate.
Analysis:
929. SR 36
Resolution
Commend Taiwan for donating 100,000 medical face masks to Mississippi.
Analysis:
930. SR 37
Resolution
Mourn the passing of Reverend Dr. Charles E. Polk, Sr., and commend his spiritual and civic leadership.
Analysis:
931. SR 38
Resolution
Commend Pastor Todd Tilghman for winning the 18th Season of The Voice.
Analysis:
932. SR 39
Resolution
Congratulate St. Andrew's Episcopal School 'Saints' Basketball Team for 3A State Championship.
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed