Bills Coming Out of Committee

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 1149
Not Rated
DUI; revise time period for fourth offense.
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2. HB 1439
Not Rated
Sixteenth section lands; revise provisions relating to reports and copies of leases to Secretary of State.
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3. 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.
4. SB 2461
Not Rated
Medical and geriatric prison release; revise authority of MDOC and MS Parole Board.
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5. SB 2824
Not Rated
Higher Education Legislative Plan; align core curriculum with the required IHL College Preparatory Curriculum.
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6. HC 44
Not Rated
Breeland Speaks; commend and congratulate for being a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Super Bowl LIV Champions.
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7. SB 2797
Not Rated
Appellate judges and justices; remove geographical limitation on expense allowance for.
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8. 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,
9. HB 888
Not Rated
Student club funds; clarify use and accounting practices by school districts.
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10. HR 35
Resolution
American Heart Month; designate February 2020 as.
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11. SC 542
Not Rated
Commend Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chief Cornerback Charvarius Ward.
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12. SB 2290
Neutral
Homestead exemption application form; shall include name, social security number and date of birth of the applicant's 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.
13. SB 2366
Not Rated
Tax assessors; revise type of educational recognition certificate necessary to receive annual salary supplement.
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14. HR 33
Resolution
Edmond Anthony Boudreaux, Jr.; commend life upon his passing.
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15. SC 538
Not Rated
Designate March 7, 2020, as 'Mississippi Colorectal Cancer Awareness Day.'
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16. HR 38
Resolution
Everest; commend for being the first rural education and innovation hub to train computer coding professionals.
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17. SC 545
Not Rated
Bonnet Carr Spillway; urge Congress to work collaboratively with the state to find long-term solutions.
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18. HR 37
Resolution
Mr. Willie Townsend; commend on earning his High School Equivalency Diploma.
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19. 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.
20. HB 1162
Not Rated
Uniform Control Substance Act; revise schedule to add certain substances.
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21. 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.
22. 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.
23. HR 39
Resolution
Eric Stringfellow; commend life and legacy upon his passing.
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24. 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.
25. 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.
26. SB 2727
Not Rated
Wild hogs; clarify designation of Class I violation for transportation of, and eliminate permits.
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27. 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.
28. 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.
29. SB 2800
Not Rated
Withholding orders for child support; shall be incompliance with federal Consumer Protection Act.
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30. HB 274
Not Rated
HELP Grant Program; align curriculum with changes for college preparatory as required by IHL.
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31. HR 41
Resolution
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; congratulate on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
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32. HB 1063
Not Rated
Certificate of educational recognition for tax assessors; authorize Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service to issue.
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33. 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.
34. 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.
35. HB 1386
Not Rated
Advocate Confidentiality Law; establish procedures for disclosure.
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36. SB 2364
Not Rated
State Auditor; increase fee which may be charged for performing audits and other services.
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37. SB 2550
Not Rated
DUI; nonadjudication of a first offense for CDL holder who was not operating a commercial vehicle.
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38. HB 942
Neutral
Voyeurism; revise penalty for offense of.
Analysis: As it stands 5 years jail time is the maximum amount of jail time someone 21 years old or older who is convicted of voyeurism can receive. This bill lowers that standard to 18 years of age.
39. SB 2563
Not Rated
Incentives Transparency for a Prosperous Mississippi Act; create.
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40. SB 2697
Good Policy
Nonadjudication; mandatory in certain cases.
Analysis: This bill requires that criminal defendants of non-violent crimes, if they plead guilty, are to have their offenses be non-adjudicated (if the criminal defendant is eligible). Non-adjudication under this bill would result in required completion of treatment programs, a required number of community service hours or other rehabilitative requirements appropriate for the crime committed. The goal is to have fewer non-violent criminals incarcerated. Lower incarceration rates help alleviate prison overcrowding, reduce the number of fatherless and motherless homes, and lessen the burden on the taxpayer.
41. HB 685
Not Rated
State offenders; extend repealer on authority to house in county jails when state space is unavailable.
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42. HB 1071
Not Rated
Property exempt from seizure under execution or attachment; include Roth individual retirement accounts.
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43. HB 1407
Not Rated
Alternative nicotine products; regulate.
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44. HB 1208
Not Rated
'Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act'; enact to provide for regulation of hemp.
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45. 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.
46. SB 2123
Not Rated
'Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020'; enact.
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47. SB 2554
Neutral
Oaths; revise officers authorized to administer.
Analysis: This bill gives Sheriffs and Police Chiefs the power to administer oaths.
48. 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.
49. HB 1378
Not Rated
Mississippi S.A.F.E. Mortgage Act; remove repealer, clarify record keeping requirements and estimate of costs provided to borrower.
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50. HB 429
Good Policy
Nonadjudication and pretrial intervention; authorize completion of workforce training as a condition that the court may impose.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the successful completion of a workforce training program to be counted as a stipulation in a pre-trial agreement. Completion of a workforce training program is ultimately a better solution for some would-be criminals than jail/prison.
51. SB 2225
Not Rated
Disabled veteran with service-connected disability; clarify procedure for concealed weapons permit.
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52. HB 1371
Not Rated
DPS division of driver services; make various revisions regarding.
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53. 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.
54. 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.
55. HB 1561
Neutral
Public Service Commission; extend repealers and make certain revisions to.
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56. HB 544
Not Rated
DUI suspension; clarify when the 120 day suspensions begins.
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57. HB 811
Not Rated
Traffic accidents; require to move vehicle to certain locations in certain situations on a highway.
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58. 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.
59. SB 2772
Neutral
Budget process; amend and bring forward various sections relating to.
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60. HB 445
Neutral
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.
61. 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.
62. HB 1058
Not Rated
Trust fund; authorize hospitals to maintain fund consisting of commingled funds of other hospitals for necessary expenses.
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63. HB 879
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; allow to contest and undergo second test before termination or suspension without pay after failed urine test.
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64. 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.
65. SB 2536
Not Rated
Counties; authorize civil debt for cost of cleaning real property.
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66. HB 672
Not Rated
State Department of Education; permit to receive various contributions from public or private donors.
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67. SB 2860
Not Rated
'Stop Guilt By Accusation Act'; require media outlets to publish outcome following accusation.
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68. SB 2839
Not Rated
Holder of package retailer's permit authorized to conduct tasting or sampling events; revise certain restrictions.
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69. HB 667
Not Rated
Public special purpose schools; clarify provision related to administrative and licensed instructional personnel of.
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70. SB 2459
Not Rated
Gang act; revise.
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71. HB 636
Not Rated
Homeowners' associations; regulate managing agents of and require financial reviews and fidelity bonds.
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72. HB 736
Not Rated
Counties; authorize to offer Medicare eligible county employees supplemental benefits if employees secure Medicare in lieu of using county insurance.
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73. HB 940
Not Rated
Financial institutions; authorize to delay a transaction upon good-faith belief that eligible person will be exploited.
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74. 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.
75. 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.
76. HB 785
Not Rated
Pseudoephedrine; authorize sales and purchase of certain products containing without a prescription.
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77. 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.
78. 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.
79. 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.
80. 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.
81. 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.
82. SB 2314
Neutral
State parks; change name of Natchez State Park to 'Bob M. Dearing Natchez State Park.'
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83. 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.
84. SB 2717
Good Policy
Wildlife management areas; allow persons aged 60 and older to operate electric bicycles in.
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.
85. HB 945
Neutral
Sexual battery; remove statute of limitations for prosecution of crime of.
Analysis: As it stands there is no statute of limitation for sexual battery against children. This bill removes the statute of limitations that exists for all sexual batteries, regardless of age.
86. SB 2734
Not Rated
Water skiing; revise safety requirements.
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87. HB 978
Not Rated
Hazing; increase penalties for.
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88. 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.
89. 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.
90. 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.
91. HC 49
Not Rated
Honorable Judge Houston J. Patton; mourn loss and commend life and legacy of service upon his passing.
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92. 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.
93. 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.
94. HB 1540
Good Policy
Administrative procedures; prohibit state agencies from adopting rule that contradicts a provision of law.
Analysis: This bill states that state agencies are explicitly unauthorized to adopt any rule or regulation the contradicts a state law. The broad authority often assigned to state agencies and executive departments often exceeds what is allowed under the law. This bill firmly states that state agencies are to conduct all business within the bounds of the law created by our elected representatives.
95. SB 2593
Neutral
Distinctive boat trailer and utility trailer license tags; authorize issuance to supporters of the National Rifle Association.
Analysis:
96. SC 540
Not Rated
Paying tribute to the public, legal and military service of Honorable Cono Caranna II of Biloxi, Mississippi.
Analysis:
97. HR 42
Resolution
West Lauderdale High School Girls Soccer Team; commend and congratulate on winning MHSAA Class 4A State Championship.
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98. 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.
99. 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.
100. HB 31
Good Policy
Mississippi Public Records Act; revise certain provisions of.
Analysis: This bill requires the Mississippi Ethics Commission to intervene when a public official appeals an otherwise successful records request; and levies a fine on public employees that either wrongly deny a records request or overcharge for a records request. Both of these changes protect the legitimacy of the records request process by making it more difficult for the government or government officials to block a request.
101. HB 217
Bad Policy
Open container of alcohol; create offense for.
Analysis: This bill creates an "open container law" that holds that the operator (driver) of any motor vehicle is to be considered "in possession" of any open container found in the vehicle, even of the open container is physically in the possession of someone else in the passenger seat. This is an affront to personal liberty and carries with it a minimum fine of $100.
102. HR 10
Resolution
Mr. J.D. Burchfield; commend service as World War II veteran and congratulate on the occasion of his 98th birthday.
Analysis:
103. 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.
104. SB 2369
Neutral
Ad valorem tax; remove reverter on provision waiving penalty and interest when county inadvertently extended exemption.
Analysis:
105. HB 1077
Bad Policy
Telecommunications Fraud Prevention and Utility Infrastructure Protection Act; create.
Analysis: This bill creates an enforcement arm of the Mississippi Public Service Commission consisting of law enforcement officers tasked with preventing scam phone calls. As there are already federal and state law enforcement entities tasked with solving this issue, this bill would only succeed in creating more needless government jobs.
106. 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.
107. SB 2227
Neutral
MS Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act; revise to include HMO subscriber contracts and certificates.
Analysis:
108. HB 597
Not Rated
Department of Revenue; authorize to revise individual income tax forms to allow taxpayer to designate two bank accounts for direct deposit.
Analysis:
109. 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.
110. SB 2286
Not Rated
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise funding and specify teaching standards.
Analysis:
111. SB 2610
Not Rated
Community mental health centers; bring forward related provisions for possible amendment.
Analysis:
112. HB 730
Neutral
Municipalities; authorize those of certain size to conduct special elections at one polling place.
Analysis:
113. SB 2486
Not Rated
Medicaid; authorize extension of Management Information System and Support contracts.
Analysis:
114. 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.
115. SB 2526
Not Rated
Ex-offender provisional driver's license; provide for.
Analysis:
116. HB 681
Neutral
State Port Authority; extend repealer on authority to use design-build method for certain projects.
Analysis:
117. 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.
118. 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.
119. 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.
120. 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.
121. 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.
122. HC 48
Not Rated
Chief Reynolds 'Frank' Nichols; commend service and esteemed career upon his retirement.
Analysis:
123. 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.
124. HB 127
Neutral
Budget process; bring forward various sections relating to.
Analysis:
125. HB 999
Not Rated
Amusement rides; provide inspection and incident reporting requirements for.
Analysis:
126. 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.
127. HB 1372
Not Rated
Commercial driver's license; revise various laws regarding.
Analysis:
128. HB 262
Bad Policy
E-verify program; transfer responsibility of administering to the Commission of Agriculture and Commerce.
Analysis: This bill is a regulatory change transferring ownership of the E-verify program from the Department of Employment Security to the Department of Agriculture. The bigger issue is the E-verify program itself. It has been proven to be unreliable at its purpose, technical glitches can keep legal employees out of jobs, and it turns our state into a permission society, where we must receive government permission to work. The bill also included penalties for businesses whose E-verify reporting show inconsistencies. This unjustly transfers the responsibility of policing immigration from the state to Mississippi's businesses.
129. HB 708
Neutral
Pharmacy Benefit Prompt Pay Act; revise various provisions of.
Analysis:
130. 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.
131. 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.
132. 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.
133. SB 2288
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize issuance for Robotics Alliance of Mississippi.
Analysis:
134. SB 2715
Not Rated
Highways; require Dept. of Transportation to erect signs directing motorists to Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument in Pike County.
Analysis:
135. HB 1503
Not Rated
Highway patrolmen; allow active duty to teach driver education and training programs.
Analysis:
136. HB 273
Not Rated
Municipal judges; authorize to hold court outside municipal boundaries that is more than within a one-mile radius of municipality to accept pleas.
Analysis:
137. 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.
138. 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.
139. 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.
140. HB 1243
Not Rated
Critical infrastructure; define crimes of impeding and trespassing against.
Analysis:
141. 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.
142. SC 541
Not Rated
Commend Super Bowl LIV football Champion Kansas City Chief Linebacker Damien Wilson from Gloster, Mississippi.
Analysis:
143. 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.
144. SB 2420
Neutral
Official corruption; grant concurrent jurisdiction over prosecution of to Attorney General.
Analysis: This bill grants the Attorney General the authority to prosecute official corruption cases if requested to by the State Auditor.
145. SB 2723
Neutral
Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; allow to extend deer hunting season till 6 p.m. Sunday when it ends on a Friday.
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.
146. 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.
147. 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.
148. HB 415
Not Rated
Counties; authorize boards of supervisors to pay county employees every two weeks.
Analysis:
149. HB 461
Not Rated
Workers' Compensation Law; revise various provisions of.
Analysis:
150. SC 544
Not Rated
Designate April 13-19, 2020, as 'Mississippi Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week.'
Analysis:
151. SB 2660
Not Rated
Superload vehicles; authorize law enforcement to escort and to charge reasonable fee for escort.
Analysis:
152. SB 2692
Not Rated
Memorial highway; designate portion of Highway 11 in Jones County for Police Chief Tyrone Stewart.
Analysis:
153. SB 2709
Not Rated
Insurance premium discount for hurricane or windstorm damage mitigation; include commercial property.
Analysis:
154. HB 1173
Neutral
Secure detention; raise minimum age for youth who may be held in.
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.
155. SB 2716
Not Rated
Forestry permits; allow MDOT to issue for transporting of forestry related equipment.
Analysis:
156. SB 2215
Not Rated
Department of Finance & Administration; require to conduct a biennial review of the state agency procurement process.
Analysis:
157. HB 777
Neutral
Counselors; revise certain provisions of licensing laws.
Analysis:
158. HB 411
Not Rated
Pawnbroker tranactions; clarify items to be included in 'transactional information.'
Analysis:
159. SB 2611
Not Rated
General and special courts martial; may order forfeiture of all pay of offenders.
Analysis:
160. HB 994
Not Rated
Teacher licensure; revise qualifications for candidates to enter an approved teacher education program.
Analysis:
161. 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.
162. 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.
163. SB 2102
Good Policy
Ad valorem tax; exempt motor vehicles held by a wrecker service for resale.
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.
164. SB 2328
Neutral
Agriculture; revise loans for agribusinesses and obligation bonds for Emerging Crops Fund.
Analysis:
165. HB 943
Neutral
Terroristic threats; revise provisions regulating.
Analysis: This bill revises the language that defines the crime of committing "terroristic threats". It removes the stipulation that the crime must include a "cede to the person's demands."
166. SC 539
Not Rated
Commend Stone County High School 'Tomcats' Tennis Team for winning 2019 5A State Championship.
Analysis:
167. 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.
168. 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.
169. 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.
170. HB 983
Not Rated
Mississippi Board of Nursing;authorize to collect certain costs and establish procedure for collection.
Analysis:
171. 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 .
172. HB 1266
Not Rated
Dept. of Agriculture; clarify use of security personnel to provide security services in state buildings under contract with DFA.
Analysis:
173. SB 2551
Not Rated
Solemnize marriage; authorize certain federal judges to perform rites.
Analysis:
174. SB 2131
Not Rated
Secretary of State's official seal; include the phrase 'In God We Trust' at the bottom.
Analysis:
175. HB 1080
Not Rated
Toll roads; revise maximum length of time for public private partnership agreement.
Analysis:
176. 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.
177. SB 2078
Not Rated
Motor vehicle towing; revise towing at the direction of real property owner.
Analysis:
178. 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.
179. SC 546
Not Rated
Celebrating the Consecration of Bishop-Elect Dr. Charles E. Bass of Family Worship Church in Greenville, Mississippi.
Analysis:
180. HB 1456
Not Rated
Superload vehicles; authorize law enforcement to escort and to charge reasonable fee for escort.
Analysis:
181. SB 2209
Not Rated
Memorial highway; designate portion of Old Highway 15/South Jackson Street in Houston for Armis Hawkins.
Analysis:
182. SB 2680
Not Rated
County sheriffs; revise recordkeeping requirements for meals served to prisoners.
Analysis:
183. HB 1480
Not Rated
Community or junior college; require to include source of funds used to advertise certain workforce development courses and training.
Analysis:
184. HB 1106
Not Rated
Community college board of trustees; provide for the selection of for Hinds Community College District.
Analysis:
185. HB 1093
Not Rated
Community college boards of trustees; revise composition for Northwest Community College District.
Analysis:
186. HB 755
Not Rated
Community colleges; authorize boards of trustees to waive out-of-state tuition to certain students upon agreement to remain in the state.
Analysis:
187. HB 521
Not Rated
Community College Board of Trustees; revise composition for Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Analysis:
188. HB 90
Not Rated
Community or junior colleges; authorize to administer construction contracts of $1,000,000.00 or less, and exempt certain oversight.
Analysis:
189. HR 45
Resolution
Lt. Colonel Allen B. West; commend for outstanding service in the U.S. Army and the United States Congress.
Analysis:
190. HR 43
Resolution
Mrs. Nancy Powell Hayes; commend life upon her passing.
Analysis:
191. HR 40
Resolution
Reverend Jimmie Lee Edwards; commend for efforts to transform neighborhoods and end violence in the city of Jackson.
Analysis:
192. HR 36
Resolution
Kailey McGuire; commend young student inventor on winning 2019 Invention Convention U.S. Nationals.
Analysis:
193. HR 30
Resolution
National Commander James W. 'Bill' Oxford; commend on election as National Commander of American Legion and welcome to Guatier, MS.
Analysis:
194. HC 47
Not Rated
Constitution; remove the electoral vote requirement for the Governor.
Analysis:
195. HC 35
Not Rated
Constitution; amend to provide certain rights to victims throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
Analysis:
196. HB 1200
Not Rated
'Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act'; establish.
Analysis:
197. HB 150
Not Rated
Dentists; provide immunity for providing charitable and emergency services.
Analysis:
198. HB 1438
Not Rated
Individual bond; require for public officers and employees handling or having the custody of public funds.
Analysis:
199. HB 1422
Not Rated
Regulatory Reduction Pilot Program; create.
Analysis:
200. HB 1104
Not Rated
Occupational Licensing Review Commission; authorize to review certain existing occupational regulations to determine compliance with state policy.
Analysis:
201. HB 838
Not Rated
Driver's license; require Department of Public Safety to allow official identifying document of MDOC to suffice for.
Analysis:
202. HB 827
Not Rated
Department of Marine Resources Chief Financial Officer; revise the qualifications for.
Analysis:
203. HB 689
Not Rated
Petroleum Products Inspection Law; extend repealers on definitions and penalties under.
Analysis:
204. HB 632
Not Rated
Riparian owner rights; revise for purposes of state-owned lands on Deer Island.
Analysis:
205. HB 407
Not Rated
Reverse auction; revise method of receiving bids through for agencies and governing authorities.
Analysis:
206. HB 278
Not Rated
Sixteenth section land; authorize leasing of certain land by cities/counties for less than minimum percentage of market value under certain circumstances.
Analysis: