Bills Coming Out of Committee

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2924
Not Rated
City of Winona; extend repealer on authority to levy tax on restaurants.
Analysis:
2. 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.
3. 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:
4. HB 1371
Neutral
DPS division of driver services; make various revisions regarding.
Analysis:
5. 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.
6. 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:
7. HB 1678
Not Rated
Grenada County; establish Greater County Partnership as economic and industrial development authority.
Analysis:
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. SC 566
Resolution
Commend life of former MS Senator, MS Representative, Central MS Highway Commissioner, Baptist Minister and Lt. Gen. Wayne O. Burkes.
Analysis:
12. 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.
13. HR 85
Resolution
Jackie Ray Slater; commend upon being a Jackson State University Alumnus enshrined in the profootball Hall of Fame.
Analysis:
14. HC 70
Resolution
Walter Payton; commend and celebrate his outstanding athletic career and his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Analysis:
15. HC 72
Resolution
Class of 2020; commend and congratulate MS high school seniors upon graduation.
Analysis:
16. SB 2626
Not Rated
Mississippi Qualified Health Center Grant Program; provide for physician grants.
Analysis:
17. HB 493
Neutral
Counties; may also maintain electronic format of law books in courtrooms and in county public law libraries.
Analysis:
18. HB 1736
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize contribution to various organizations.
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19. SB 2716
Not Rated
Forestry permits; allow MDOT to issue for transporting of forestry related equipment.
Analysis:
20. SB 3010
Not Rated
Tunica County; authorize contributions to the Tunica County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
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21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. SR 35
Resolution
Commend life and healthcare service of Sheena Renee Comfort Miles and extend condolences of Mississippi Senate.
Analysis:
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. HB 1129
Neutral
Termination of parental rights; clarify jurisdiction of county and youth courts.
Analysis:
31. 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.
32. HB 865
Neutral
Sales tax; revise provisions regarding denial/revocation of permit due to unpaid taxes.
Analysis:
33. 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.
34. HB 685
Good Policy
State offenders; extend repealer on authority to house in county jails when state space is unavailable.
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35. SR 34
Resolution
Recognize public service of Steven Allen, Deputy Executive Director of MS Department of Mental Health.
Analysis:
36. SR 33
Resolution
Commend Jobs for Mississippi Graduates student's success at JAG National Student Leadership Academy.
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37. SB 3009
Not Rated
City of Okolona; authorize to use electric power delivery system to provide broadband service to certain counties.
Analysis:
38. SB 3008
Not Rated
City of Oxford; change governing law for city trust fund investments from PERS to MS Uniform Prudent Investor Act.
Analysis:
39. 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.
40. 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.
41. HB 773
Not Rated
Commercial Lines Modernization Act; enact.
Analysis:
42. 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:
43. SB 2215
Not Rated
Department of Finance & Administration; require to conduct a biennial review of the state agency procurement process.
Analysis:
44. 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.
45. SB 2150
Not Rated
Town of Walnut Grove; allow low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads.
Analysis:
46. 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.
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47. SB 2885
Not Rated
Greene County; extend repeal date on assessments in justice court.
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48. 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:
49. 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:
50. SB 2119
Not Rated
City of Pontotoc; extend repealer on authority to levy tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.
Analysis:
51. SB 2905
Not Rated
City of Hattiesburg; correct errors referencing county instead of city, and extend repealer on tourism tax and commission.
Analysis:
52. SB 2183
Not Rated
City of Houston; extend repeal date for tax on restaurants, hotels and motels for tourism and parks and recreation.
Analysis:
53. SB 2271
Not Rated
Wayne County; extend repealer on assessment on misdemeanor convictions to fund Wayne County Justice Complex.
Analysis:
54. HC 53
Resolution
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; commend for winning the NJCAA football championship.
Analysis:
55. HB 1439
Neutral
Sixteenth section lands; revise provisions relating to reports and copies of leases to Secretary of State.
Analysis:
56. HB 1520
Good Policy
Hospice; allow medical directors to prescribe controlled substances for pain for terminally ill patients without in-person visit.
Analysis:
57. HC 54
Resolution
Zeita Merchant; commend upon promotion to rank of Captain in United States Coast Guard.
Analysis:
58. HB 1159
Bad Policy
City of Florence; extend repealer on bar and restaurant tax.
Analysis:
59. HC 40
Resolution
Madison County Sheriff Deputy Brad Sullivan; commend heroism of.
Analysis:
60. 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.
61. 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.
62. 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".
63. 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.
64. SB 2307
Not Rated
State Board of Barber Examiners; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
65. 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.
66. 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.
67. HB 1286
Neutral
Service of summons in youth courts; shall be made pursuant to the Uniform Rules of the Youth Court Practice.
Analysis:
68. 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.
69. HB 1063
Neutral
Certificate of educational recognition for tax assessors; authorize Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service to issue.
Analysis:
70. HC 55
Resolution
Mr. Ken Spears; commend upon the occasion of his retirement.
Analysis:
71. 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.
72. 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.
73. SB 2830
Not Rated
Right-to-Try Act; revise definitions to include traumatic injury and adult autologous mesenchymal stem cell.
Analysis:
74. 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.
75. SB 2737
Not Rated
Marking election ballots; delete option of using indelible pencil to mark ballots.
Analysis:
76. HB 667
Neutral
Public special purpose schools; clarify provision related to administrative and licensed instructional personnel of.
Analysis:
77. SB 2824
Not Rated
Higher Education Legislative Plan; align core curriculum with the required IHL College Preparatory Curriculum.
Analysis:
78. HB 408
Not Rated
Credit for reinsurance; provide requirements for.
Analysis:
79. HB 1425
Bad Policy
City of Fulton; extend repealer on hotel/motel tourism tax.
Analysis:
80. 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.
81. 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.
82. 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.
83. 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:
84. HB 697
Neutral
Ad valorem taxes; extend reverter on authority for late payment without penalty or interest when exemption was inadvertently extended.
Analysis:
85. HB 127
Neutral
Budget process; bring forward various sections relating to.
Analysis:
86. SB 2595
Not Rated
Governmental entities; may not prohibit wearing of traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at public events.
Analysis:
87. HB 689
Neutral
Petroleum Products Inspection Law; extend repealers on definitions and penalties under.
Analysis: This renews the petroleum products inspection law until 2023.
88. 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.
89. HB 751
Neutral
Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program; remove requirement that the Department of Education administer with the FNMA.
Analysis:
90. SB 2660
Not Rated
Superload vehicles; authorize law enforcement to escort and to charge reasonable fee for escort.
Analysis:
91. HB 1127
Neutral
Durable legal guardianship; revise provisions regarding.
Analysis:
92. HB 1156
Neutral
Revised Mississippi Law on Notarial Acts; create and repeal existing statutes on notaries public.
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93. SB 2611
Not Rated
General and special courts martial; may order forfeiture of all pay of offenders.
Analysis:
94. 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.
95. SB 2674
Not Rated
Community public water systems; require continuing education for board members.
Analysis:
96. 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.
97. 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.
98. HB 888
Neutral
Student club funds; clarify use and accounting practices by school districts.
Analysis:
99. HC 57
Resolution
Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month; recognize April 2020 as.
Analysis:
100. SB 2853
Not Rated
Service of tax sale notices; revise to allow service by a constable.
Analysis:
101. SB 2849
Not Rated
Board of supervisors; authorize to pay employees every two weeks.
Analysis:
102. SB 2116
Not Rated
Electioneering; prohibit for all persons in any public area within a set distance of polling place.
Analysis:
103. 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:
104. HB 1577
Neutral
Hunter safety course; authorize school districts to offer as part of their curriculum.
Analysis:
105. 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.
106. HC 36
Resolution
Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Soliz; commend for display of courage under fire.
Analysis:
107. SB 2856
Not Rated
Municipalities; allow certain to establish overdue water/sewer bill programs.
Analysis:
108. SB 2279
Not Rated
State offenders serving sentences in county jails; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
109. HC 37
Resolution
Dr. Clyde Muse; commend laudable career and distinguished service of upon the occasion of his retirement.
Analysis:
110. SB 2744
Not Rated
Tribal identification cards; recognize as legal means of personal identification.
Analysis:
111. SB 2850
Not Rated
Small estates; clarify muniment of title and affidavit of succession.
Analysis:
112. SB 2212
Not Rated
County jail census data; facilitate availability of.
Analysis:
113. HB 444
Neutral
Municipal menaced property; make certain clarifying revisions regarding.
Analysis:
114. 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.
115. HB 863
Neutral
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions relating to assessment of public service corporations.
Analysis:
116. 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.
117. 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.
118. SB 2680
Neutral
County sheriffs; revise recordkeeping requirements for meals served to prisoners.
Analysis:
119. 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.
120. HB 866
Neutral
Fuel and lubricating oil taxes; remove bond limit and class distinctions for certain distributors, require electronic filing of returns.
Analysis:
121. HB 811
Neutral
Traffic accidents; require to move vehicle to certain locations in certain situations on a highway.
Analysis:
122. 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.
123. SB 2728
Not Rated
Air Operating Permit Program Fee Trust Fund; provide for more efficient management of.
Analysis:
124. HB 25
Neutral
MS Electronic Court System; require all courts to utilize.
Analysis:
125. HC 52
Resolution
Jobs for Mississippi Graduates; commend and congratulate students' success at JAG National Student Leadership Academy.
Analysis:
126. 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.
127. 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.
128. HB 1131
Neutral
Child custody orders; change reference to certain terms.
Analysis:
129. 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.
130. SB 2486
Not Rated
Medicaid; authorize extension of Management Information System and Support contracts.
Analysis:
131. HB 1290
Neutral
MS Blues Commission; direct to erect certain Blues Trail marker and add location to trail.
Analysis:
132. 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.
133. SB 2311
Not Rated
State Board of Health; codify and extend repealer on fee authorization.
Analysis:
134. 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:
135. 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.
136. 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.
137. HR 10
Resolution
Mr. J.D. Burchfield; commend service as World War II veteran and congratulate on the occasion of his 98th birthday.
Analysis:
138. 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.
139. 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.
140. 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:
141. SC 564
Resolution
Commend Ocean Springs High School 'Greyhounds' Boys Soccer Team for winning MHSAA Class 6A State Championship.
Analysis:
142. 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:
143. SB 2610
Not Rated
Coordinator of Mental Health Accessibility; establish.
Analysis:
144. HB 708
Neutral
Pharmacy Benefit Prompt Pay Act; revise various provisions of.
Analysis:
145. 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.
146. 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.
147. 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.
148. SC 563
Resolution
Recognize career and civic contributions of Tom Pittman, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.
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149. HB 1378
Neutral
Mississippi S.A.F.E. Mortgage Act; remove repealer, clarify record keeping requirements and estimate of costs provided to borrower.
Analysis:
150. 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.
151. 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.
152. SB 2874
Not Rated
Guardianships and conservatorships; revise GAP Act.
Analysis:
153. SB 2467
Not Rated
Weight limits; allow certain vehicles fueled by compressed or liquefied natural gas to exceed on interstate highways.
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154. 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.
155. HB 1334
Neutral
MS 811 Law; provide for notifications through the Positive Response Information System (PRIS).
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156. SB 2353
Not Rated
Critical Needs Teacher Forgivable Loan Program; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
157. HR 86
Resolution
William David Martin; commend life and legacy of service upon his passing.
Analysis:
158. HR 87
Resolution
Lemuel Joseph 'Lem' Barney; commend upon being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.
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159. HC 71
Resolution
Robert Brazile; commend for NFL career and induction into 2018 class of NFL Hall of Fame.
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160. SB 2553
Not Rated
Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act; create.
Analysis:
161. 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.
162. HB 1661
Not Rated
City of Pearl; extend repeal date on tax on hotels, motels and restaurants to promote tourism.
Analysis:
163. HB 1134
Neutral
Out-of-State Adoptions; clarify certain provisions regarding.
Analysis:
164. HB 1606
Not Rated
City of Water Valley; authorize a tax on restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation.
Analysis:
165. HB 1500
Good Policy
Board on law enforcement officer standards and training; authorize to consider certain military training when determining qualification of applicant.
Analysis:
166. HB 415
Neutral
Counties; authorize boards of supervisors to pay county employees every two weeks.
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167. HB 1640
Not Rated
City of Natchez; authorize contributions to Natchez, Inc., Film Natchez, Inc. and Downtown Natchez Association.
Analysis:
168. 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:
169. HB 1608
Not Rated
Forrest County; authorize to maintain electronic format of law books in county courtroom and public county law library.
Analysis:
170. 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.
171. 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.
172. SB 2985
Not Rated
Town of Belmont; authorize to expand and operate natural gas distribution system to serve certain areas of Itawamba County.
Analysis:
173. HB 1649
Not Rated
Leaf and Bouie River Development District; authorize cities of Hattiesburg and Petal and Forrest County to establish.
Analysis:
174. SB 2909
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize to expand or merge existing lighting districts.
Analysis:
175. 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.