Bills Coming Out of Committee

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 136
Not Rated
Individual bond; require for public officers and employees handling or having the custody of public funds.
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2. HB 1466
Not Rated
Oxford Municipal Reserve and Trust Fund; make technical correction concerning certain internal reference within.
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3. HB 1465
Not Rated
Town of Mize; authorize a tax on restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation.
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4. HB 1453
Not Rated
City of Booneville; extend date of repeal on city's hotel, motel and restaurant tax.
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5. HB 1437
Not Rated
Town of Byhalia; authorize transfer of certain funds for infrastructure improvements.
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6. SB 2293
Not Rated
Claims by veterans under consumer protection law; Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board offers service free of charge.
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7. SB 2252
Not Rated
Special Care Facility for Paroled Inmates; authorize parole for medically frail inmates, licensure and Medicaid reimbursement.
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8. SB 2799
Not Rated
Mississippi Medicaid Program; make technical amendments to reimbursements and administration.
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9. SB 2664
Not Rated
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; prescribe standards and benchmarks.
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10. SB 2267
Good Policy
Teacher license; allow reciprocity if teacher possesses standard license from other state.
Analysis: This bill builds upon the idea of interstate licensure reciprocity. It eliminates unnecessary criteria when granting reciprocity to out of state license holders thereby increasing government efficiency in filling vacant teacher positions. This bill also increases government accountability by establishing a specific timeframe for responsive action by MDE while maintaining the safety of our public education students.
11. SB 2149
Neutral
MAEP; Department of Education required to hold harmless school district from calculating 2020-2021 average daily attendance.
Analysis: This bill prevents school districts from losing money due to reduced attendance during COVID. The bigger problem is that Miss. uses an outdated method for counting students: Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Instead of putting off the inevitable need to replace Average Daily Attendance with a better way of counting – and funding -- students, lawmakers should explore replacing ADA with a formula based on enrollment counts. This would result in more equitable and accurate funding decisions.
12. SB 2261
Good Policy
Perpetual cemetery law; revise notice and maintenance provisions for counties and municipalities.
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency and protects public safety. This bill provides a common sense mechanism to clean up specific property that poses a risk to public safety.
13. SB 2798
Bad Policy
Broadband services; provide for the participation of rate-regulated electric utilities in the expansion of.
Analysis: This bill restricts individuals’ right to property and protections of that property under existing law. (See lines 361-376) This bill grants authority to trespass on private property to broadband operators, broadband service providers, and retail customers by exempting them from the requirement to obtain permission from a property owner before entering the property of which the owners have previously granted access to rate-regulated public utilities through a right-of-way agreement. Existing agreements between property owners and rate-regulated public utilities will be expanded without the consent of nor compensation of the property owner to include access for any additional company operating under the new definition also created by this bill of “broadband services” in direct contradiction to existing contract law.
14. SB 2035
Not Rated
Hunting; allow air guns, air bows and pre-charged pneumatic weapons, and authorize special seasons for CWD sample collection.
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15. SB 2649
Not Rated
Energy efficiency contracts; extend repeal date on use of.
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16. SB 2648
Not Rated
MS Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide Act; Oil and Gas Board shall have jurisdiction to enforce provisions of.
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17. SB 2373
Not Rated
Motor fuel sales; provide immunity for damages caused by the use of incompatible fuel upon certain conditions.
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18. SB 2189
Bad Policy
Counties and municipalities; authorize to offer Medicare-eligible employees supplemental compensation if employees secure Medicare.
Analysis: This bill expands the size of Medicare dependent people and passes off gainfully employed individuals working in local government from the local government insurance policy to the federal government insurance policy while simultaneously offering those employees supplemental compensation. Government funding no matter at what level all comes from the same pocket, the taxpayer’s pocket. This bill serves to assist local governments while maintaining the burden on the taxpayers as the money to fund government insurance still comes from their pockets regardless.
19. SB 2651
Neutral
Surplus property; clarify current policy to conform with federal regulations for the Department of Finance and Administration.
Analysis: This bill conforms state law to federal statute.
20. SB 2081
Good Policy
University of Mississippi Medical Center property; revise leasing authority by removing provision requiring mixed-use development.
Analysis: This bill provides an avenue to reduce government spending and encourages better use of resources.. The bill enables UMMC to more efficiently lease property by removing restrictions on the terms of the lease.
21. SB 2075
Neutral
State parks; change name of Natchez State Park to 'Bob M. Dearing Natchez State Park.'
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22. SB 2605
Not Rated
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; authorize municipalities to permit operation on municipal streets.
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23. SB 2825
Not Rated
Mississippi Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2021; create.
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24. SB 2788
Not Rated
Radar speed detection; revise provisions concerning use by Highway Patrol and municipal law enforcement in certain cities.
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25. SB 2785
Good Policy
Driver's license requirements; exempt military members, spouses and dependent children under certain conditions.
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26. SB 2598
Good Policy
Department of Public Safety; revise licensing.
Analysis: This bill reduces government regulations by removing unnecessary restrictions on military spouses attempting to obtain a Mississippi driver’s license. This bill also reduces government mandates on individuals by eliminating the absolutely unnecessary Intermediate driver’s license. Government should eliminate all such unnecessary regulations, restrictions, and mandates on the everyday activities of individuals.
27. SB 2483
Neutral
Electric bicycles; classify as bicycles and not as motor vehicles, and regulate.
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28. SB 2478
Not Rated
Motor carrier safety improvements; prohibit consideration of use in evaluation of employment status.
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29. SB 2481
Neutral
Memorial highways; designate various segments.
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30. SB 2018
Not Rated
Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; extend repealer on provision requiring deposit of fees to State General Fund.
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31. SB 2602
Not Rated
Nonadmitted insurer policy fee; divert certain amount to fund fire trucks and fire apparatus/protection grants.
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32. SB 2626
Neutral
MS Business Corporation Act; amend to allow corporations to hold annual or special shareholder meetings remotely.
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33. SB 2204
Neutral
Revised LLC Act and MS Registered Agents Act; require listing of registered agent's email address.
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34. SB 2573
Good Policy
Department of Public Safety; implement uniform reporting standards for jail census data & create & maintain a centralized database.
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35. SB 2117
Not Rated
Juvenile offenders; provide alternative sentencing and parole options.
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36. SB 2434
Not Rated
Capitol police; transfer to Department of Public Safety.
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37. SB 2282
Good Policy
Youth detention; raise minimum age for youth commitment to state training school and secure detention.
Analysis: This bill raises the minimum age of youth commitment to state training school and secure detention from 10 to 12.
38. SB 2572
Not Rated
DUI law; revise fourth offense of and require all expunctions to be confidentially registered.
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39. SB 2792
Good Policy
Fresh Start Act of 2019; expand.
Analysis: This bill promotes individual liberty and removes unnecessary barriers and restrictions on individuals attempting to obtain employment in sectors of Mississippi ‘s economy that require occupational licenses under our state's current laws.
40. SB 2569
Neutral
Urine; create the crime of selling or tampering with urine.
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41. SB 2121
Bad Policy
Intimate visual material; criminalize disclosure of.
Analysis: This bill expands government authority by creating an entirely new criminal offense.
42. SB 2816
Neutral
Public officials and employees; allow Department of Revenue appraisers to receive same pay increases as county tax assessors.
Analysis: This bill could potentially lead to increased government spending; however, it does not actually increase spending. The bill provides that when an appraiser employed by the Department of Revenue attends and successfully completes any part of the Mississippi Education and Certification Program and receives a certification the Commissioner of Revenue is authorized to increase the salary of the appraiser in the amount authorized in Section 27-3-52 for completion of the same certification level by a county tax assessor and/or his deputies or assistants. Government should reduce its overall spending to offset any performance based salary increases for government employees.
43. SB 2689
Not Rated
State Auditor; increase fee which may be charged for performing audits and other services.
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44. SB 2827
Not Rated
Public purchases; specify prequalification process for construction manager at risk soliciting bids for projects.
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45. SB 2521
Not Rated
Mississippi Advantage Jobs Act; revise definition of 'new direct job' for incentive applicants from and after July 1, 2010.
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46. SB 2124
Not Rated
Mississippi Department of Employment Security; revise various provisions regarding authority of.
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47. SB 2072
Not Rated
Pecan Harvesting Law; revise penalties for violating.
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48. SB 2077
Good Policy
Central Market Board; abolish and transfer functions to the Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
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49. SB 2076
Not Rated
Mississippi Fair Commission; remove repealer and revise advisory council composition.
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50. SB 2638
Not Rated
Electronic documents; provide recording procedure for counties without electronic-recording capability.
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51. SB 2627
Neutral
Home inspector license; require applicants to undergo certain background checks.
Analysis: This bill adds background checks to the list requirements to qualify for a home inspector license in the state of Mississippi. The existing criteria for which a license may be denied includes a felony conviction or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in the previous fives years. Given the existing criteria, this bill does not expand government authority directly. However, government should continually work to reduce its restrictions, regulations, and barriers to employment to the fullest extent possible while preserving public safety.
52. SB 2205
Not Rated
Birth certificate; adoptee may obtain certified copy of original after 18 years.
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53. SB 2833
Bad Policy
Motor Vehicle Commission Law; provide obligations of manufacturers, distributors & dealers regarding rates for parts and labor.
Analysis: This bill expands government authority over and interference in the free market. The proper role of government is to preserve individual liberty, including but not limited to the ability to participate in the free market.
54. SB 2624
Not Rated
MS Real Estate Commission; require to establish pilot program using administrative hearing officers.
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55. SB 2294
Not Rated
Veteran Driver's License Designation; allow proof of military service in person.
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56. SB 2165
Not Rated
Veterans Service Officers; revise certain qualifications and requirements.
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57. SB 2336
Neutral
MS First Responders Health and Safety Act; delay effective date of.
Analysis: This bill delays the effective date for the implementation of a government mandated insurance program for a specific class of government employees that is currently not required. This bill temporarily halts the expansion of government spending as it relates to this specific program.
58. SB 2603
Neutral
Salvage or abandoned vehicles; authorize disposition by auction firms on behalf of insurers.
Analysis: This bill prescribes procedures for processing the disposition of salvage or abandoned vehicles for which insurance companies are unable to successfully obtain certificates of title within a set amount of time.
59. SB 2332
Neutral
Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program; extend repealer on development and implementation of program.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor reduces the size of government. However, government should reduce its interference in the private activities of individuals to the fullest extent possible, including but not limited to the insurance marketplace, while preserving non-intrusive protections for the safety of individuals.
60. SB 2631
Bad Policy
Health insurance; revise mandated coverage for telemedicine services.
Analysis: This bill increases the scope of government and increases unnecessary restrictions on individuals’ ability to participate in the free market. While the intent of this bill appears to be good policy in its explicit requirement of acknowledgement of telemedicine as its pertains to insurance reimbursements, this bill closes the door to many existing and potential providers telecommunications systems for the delivery of telemedicine by including the absolutely unnecessary phrase “HIPAA-compliant telecommunications systems.” (See line 41) This specific phrase creates a closed market that is not necessary according to existing federal and state statute. It is well-known within medical industry circles that HIPAA compliance is maintained by the healthcare provider. Telecommunications systems are not the responsible parties in telemedicine any more than they are the responsible parties as it relates to privacy issues in education. Education professionals all over the country utilize a variety of telecommunications systems for instruction delivery, teacher-parent communication, and community engagement, etc. without the necessity for specific telecommunications systems providers being utilized for those activities even though there are many significant federal and state statutes governing the rights of privacy for students and minors. This bill in its current form, whether intentional or not, is nothing more than an industry protection bill designed to close the door to innovation and entrepreneurship in telecommunications operating the healthcare market.
61. SB 2623
Bad Policy
Motor vehicle insurance; extend repealer on Public Safety Verification and Enforcement Act.
Analysis: This bill reenacts code section. This means that code section repealed and was no longer law. This bill revives the expired/repealed code section returning it to law. As such, this bill expands the size and scope of government through the creation of a computerized verification system managed under the Department of Public Safety to, upon a traffic stop for a motor vehicle violation, investigate an individual’s insurance policy status and issue a separate citation. In cases of conflicting information provided by the individual and the computerized verification system, discretion of the officer is authorized regarding the individual’s insurance policy status. Furthermore, this bill reenacts code section that classifies violation of the crime reenacted by this bill as a a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, is punishable by a fine of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) and suspension of driving privilege for a period of one (1) year or until the owner of the motor vehicle shows proof of liability insurance that is in compliance. Government should not suspend drivers’ licenses for the offense of not having insurance. The inclusion of this language in the bill restricts individual freedom. The potential consequences of this bill will be detrimental to individuals’ ability to remain productive members of their community as well as providers for their families. This bill creates the potential for negative effects rippling out well beyond a simple motor vehicle violation to possible job loss, family dysfunction, inability to freely move about, etc.
62. SB 2824
Good Policy
State agencies; require annual reporting of pass-through money from line-item appropriation by the Legislature.
Analysis: This bill increases government transparency and accountability. Required reporting of pass-through money will hold both the grantor state agency and the grantee local entity accountable and provide a verifiable mechanism to compare data involving specific funds as reported from multiple sources.
63. SB 2727
Neutral
Department of Archives and History; revise appointing authority for members of the board of trustees.
Analysis: This bill makes no changes to existing law; however, it brings forward code sections for amending at a later time.
64. SB 2119
Good Policy
Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine; authorize sales and purchase of certain products containing without a prescription.
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65. SB 2253
Good Policy
Concealed carry weapons permit; combine with driver's license or identification card.
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66. SB 2621
Neutral
Task Force; establish to study domestic law matters.
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67. SB 2324
Neutral
Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement; extend repealer on.
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68. SB 2087
Bad Policy
Cemetery owners; authorize to disinter dead human remains for reinterment, reburial or delivery to a carrier for transportation.
Analysis: Initially, this bill provides an avenue for next of kin to directly request certain actions be taken by cemetery owners regarding the disinterment and reinterment of their loved ones. This particular section of the bill represents good policy. Unfortunately, Section 5 of this bill removes all liability of cemetery owners in cases involving errors made by the cemetery owners during original interment that result in disinterment and reinterment of loved ones except in cases of intentional misconduct or malice. This bill interferes in our free market by inhibiting consumers’ ability to seek redress through a civil action in cases of negligence. Furthermore, this bill specifically provides government sanctioned concealment of possible evidence in cases of negligence that may be obtained during a disinterment and/or reinterment by specifically allowing cemetery owners to disinter and reinter loved ones five days before notifying next of kin of the already completed action.
69. SB 2020
Neutral
Tribal identification cards; recognize as legal means of personal identification.
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70. SB 2392
Not Rated
County port and harbor commission; provide for holdover of appointees.
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71. SB 2820
Bad Policy
Department of Tourism; create.
Analysis: This bill expands the size and scope of government beyond its proper role.
72. SB 2606
Not Rated
Mississippi Native Spirit Law; create.
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73. SB 2313
Not Rated
Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act; allow athletes to be compensated for name, image and likeness.
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74. SB 2279
Neutral
Parole and earned release; criminalize absconding.
Analysis: This bill applies consistent consequences of existing statute equally to all individuals convicted of crime(s) who are currently serving sentences under the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
75. SB 2795
Good Policy
'Mississippi Earned Parole Eligibility Act'; enact.
Analysis: This bill expands eligibility for parole and specifically addresses the issue of individuals convicted of crime at or before 25 years of age. While government should work to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing, this bill moves policy, if only slightly, towards equitable consequences for violations of crimes that endanger public safety and harm individuals and individual freedom.
76. SB 2759
Bad Policy
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; increase the monthly amount.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending. Government should reduce its overall spending. In addition, government should implement policy changes that reduce dependency and encourage individual freedom and responsibility.
77. SB 2751
Bad Policy
Mississippi Professional Massage Therapy Act; provide new requirements and extend the repealer thereon.
Analysis: This bill makes an unnecessary occupational license permanent.
78. SB 2750
Neutral
Pharmacy practice; revise definition of 'written guideline or protocol' regarding location of delegated prescribing functions.
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79. SB 2746
Neutral
Hudson's Law; require healthcare providers to provide information to parents who receive a postnatal diagnosis of down syndrome.
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80. SB 2420
Not Rated
Temporary license for social workers; authorize to practice in nonprofit facilities.
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81. SB 2419
Neutral
State Medical Examiner fees; extend repealer on.
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82. SB 2223
Bad Policy
Arrest warrants; authorize issuance for sex offenses against children upon oral testimony.
Analysis: This bill expands government authority and reduces individual liberty. In addition, this bill removes specific Constitutional protections. This bill eliminates the requirement of an in-person sworn affidavit for the issuance of a search warrant involving computer crimes investigations and grants authority to judges to issue search warrants based upon testimony given over the telephone and/or via facsimile. This bill also allows for electronic signatures on emergency domestic protection orders. These orders are issued without the accused having the ability to defend himself or herself. These orders operate outside of the standard court procedures without the Constitutionally prescribed right to due process. Given the very nature of this types of court order, the requirement of a judge's in-person signature should be preserved.
83. SB 2552
Good Policy
Pretrial Intervention Program; prohibit eligibility for persons charged with public embezzlement over a certain amount.
Analysis: This bill increases accountability for those entrusted with responsibilities relating to the oversight and handling of taxpayers' money. Ideally, the government would apply this level of accountability to all individuals who are convicted for a violation of their oath of office or for an offense involving an office of public trust.
84. SB 2270
Neutral
Autopsies; provide for confidentiality of photographs and recordings of.
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85. SB 2107
Good Policy
Firearms; prohibit local governments and state agencies from restricting possession.
Analysis: This bill removes unnecessary restrictions on individual liberty, limits government authority over individuals, and clarifies existing statute to insure government is accountable for overreach.
86. SB 2643
Good Policy
Service of tax sale notices; revise to allow service by a constable.
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency by authorizing the utilization of the services of constable in keeping with the existing functions of that elected office.
87. SB 2630
Neutral
County law library; authorize use of money for technological purposes.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts the size of government.
88. SB 2765
Not Rated
Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act; create.
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89. SB 2874
Not Rated
Residential and commercial contractors; require sales tax permit from Department of Revenue for pulling building permit.
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90. SB 2872
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; remove election requirement for designation of area in Rankin County as a qualified resort area.
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91. SB 2868
Not Rated
Qualified resort areas; include certain municipalities.
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92. SB 2850
Good Policy
Certificate of title; allow application without usual documents for vehicles at least 30 years old on oath of ownership.
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency and removes unnecessary, burdensome restrictions on the activities of individuals. The government should continue to find common sense ways such as this to reduce the overwhelming number of unnecessary restrictions on the everyday lives of individuals.
93. SB 2843
Not Rated
Tax; phase out June 25 deadline for taxpayers with average liability of at least $50,000 to remit 75% of June liability.
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94. SB 2839
Not Rated
SMART Business Act; create SMART Business Accelerate Initiative and distinguish from SMART Business Rebate.
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95. SB 2832
Good Policy
Upholstered household furniture manufacturing job tax credit; extend repealer from 2022 to 2026.
Analysis: This bill gives a tax credit to employers in the upholstered furniture manufacturing industry. Ideally, all Mississippi citizens would be given similar tax reductions, but this bill represents a good policy move in that it reduces, albeit marginally, the tax authority of the state.
96. SB 2831
Not Rated
Historic structure income tax credit; cap per taxpayer and authorize sale or transfer.
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97. SB 2830
Neutral
New Markets Tax Credit; extend MDA's ability to allocate by one year.
Analysis: This bill extends existing tax credits. Ideally government should provide a similar relief to all taxpayers and reduce its overall spending.
98. SB 2807
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; restore provision restricting areas in which manufacture, sale and distribution are authorized.
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99. SB 2806
Not Rated
Department of Revenue; bring forward code sections relating to ABC Division and authority to contract for services.
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100. SB 2804
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverage; create delivery service permit.
Analysis: This bill continues Mississippi's flawed monopoly on the alcohol market in our state. However, the addition of a delivery service permit will expand access in the poorly run existing system.
101. SB 2507
Not Rated
Mississippi Development Authority; allow businesses located on tribal lands to be eligible for certain discretionary programs.
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102. SB 2477
Neutral
Mississippi Home Corporation; remove reverter on statute granting authority to issue negotiable bonds and notes.
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103. SB 2437
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tags; authorize for Wildlife Mississippi.
Analysis: This bill allows for voluntary financial support of government initiatives. Government should eliminate its mandatory spending on ancillary, non-essential government programs and seek alternative funding mechanisms that promote voluntary support by engaged citizens . The distinctive motor vehicle license tag program provides an excellent framework for voluntary citizen support of non-essential government programs.
104. SB 2435
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; revise various provisions relating to distilleries.
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105. SB 2863
Bad Policy
MDH; revise appropriation for FY2021 to allow purchase of accumulated compensatory time incurred before June 30, 2021.
Analysis: This bill initially changed the appropriation for the Department of Health to purchase unaccumulated compensatory time. However, the Committee Substitute for this bill adds in language to create a new “Special Treasury Fund" for the State Fire Academy Workforce Program” and remove this program from the requirement of being funded through the general fund. The State Fire Academy is required by statute to be funded by appropriation through the Legislature from the general fund. In addition to the creation of this special fund, this bill also specifically allows the State Fire Academy to utilize the monies in this special fund. This action is in direct contradiction to the Legislature's previous action during its 2016 session to eliminate unnecessary special funds and move in the direction of more responsible and accountable fiscal policies through streamlining the appropriation process by funding government functions from the general fund in a clear, line itemized approach.
106. SB 2829
Not Rated
Department of Revenue; allow to use tag revenue to cover tag program expenses.
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107. SB 2474
Neutral
Department of Health; allow charges between agencies for services provided under the medical marijuana program.
Analysis: This bill conforms existing statute regarding the assessment of fees between government entities to include grant funds and pass-through money associated with Initiative 65 programs conducted by institutions of higher learning in the same manner as other grants funds and pass-through money.
108. SC 517
Resolution
Pay tribute to the memory of former State Senator and Representative Nolan Mettetal.
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109. SC 502
Resolution
Remember the legacy of former Governor William F. Winter and extend deepest sympathy of the Legislature on his passing.
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110. HC 4
Resolution
Representative Gary Chism; commend dedicated legislative career and public service upon his retirement.
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111. HB 667
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; delete requirement for immediate permit revocation for certain prohibited sales.
Analysis: This bill increases individual freedom and liberty by removing a government mandate that requires a business owner immediately lose his or her ability to participate in the state’s flawed alcohol regulatory system. Ideally government should eliminate its regulations on the free exchange of goods and services to the fullest extent possible.
112. HB 356
Not Rated
Child abuse reports; expand immunity for making to include persons participating in resulting investigations.
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113. HB 504
Neutral
Commission on School Accreditation; clarify membership composition.
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114. HB 104
Neutral
Board of Supervisors of Hancock County; revise salary of attorney hired to prosecute cases for county.
Analysis: This bill outlines the procedure for determining the salary of an attorney hired to prosecute cases in Hancock County as not exceeding 75% of the county judge's salary.
115. HB 1137
Not Rated
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions regarding the determination of true value of land used for agricultural purposes.
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116. HB 328
Neutral
State and Interstate highways; authorize Mississippi Transportation Commission and counties to contract for counties to maintain.
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117. HB 1062
Not Rated
Daylight saving time; observe year-round if federal law is amended to allow it.
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118. HB 341
Not Rated
Motor carrier safety improvements; prohibit consideration of deployment of in determining an individual's employment status with motor carrier.
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119. HB 327
Neutral
Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts the size of government.
120. HB 424
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate segment of MS Highway 44 in Marion County as the 'T.L. Wallace Memorial Highway.'
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121. HB 213
Neutral
DFA; authorize Office of Surplus Property to administer the Federal Donation Program.
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122. HB 955
Good Policy
Abandoned mobile homes; establish a procedure to dispose of.
Analysis: This bill provides individual property owners with a mechanism with which to offset debts owed and/or have abandoned mobile homes legally removed from their property. The bill clarifies existing law and adds language to establish a navigable process for landowners in line with existing procedures for civil action.
123. HB 108
Not Rated
Wireless Communication Commission; remove ITS control over.
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124. HB 1438
Not Rated
City of Petal; authorize a tax on hotels, motels, bars and restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation.
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125. HB 74
Not Rated
Emergency Telecommunications Services (911); extend repealer on.
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126. HB 1034
Not Rated
Uniform Controlled Substances Act; revise schedules.
Analysis:
127. HB 106
Bad Policy
State budget; revise provisions in several FY21 appropriation bills.
Analysis: This bill makes specific changes to numerous FY21 appropriations from Special Fund sources. Special Funds contribute significantly to cronyism and a reduction of transparency and accountability in government.
128. HB 1231
Bad Policy
Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund; create.
Analysis: This bill expands the size of government by creating a special fund for purposes outside the proper role of government and a new government board for the management of money taken from Mississippi taxpayers. In addition, this bill authorizes the utilization of specific sales tax revenue from one particular industry for funding.
129. HB 189
Neutral
Mississippi Persian Gulf War Memorial; authorize MSVA to move to another appropriate location.
Analysis: This bill does not allocate funds nor specify a new memorial location. While the government should acknowledge and honor those who serve to preserve freedom and liberty, this bill indicates the probability that previous legislation authorizing the placement of this memorial should have been more thoroughly vetted prior to passage in an effort to prevent a situation such as this.
130. SB 2974
Not Rated
City of Byram; extend repeal date on hotel and motel tax.
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131. HB 1434
Not Rated
Tallahatchie County; authorize contributions to Mid-State Opportunity, Inc.
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132. HB 1418
Not Rated
Oakland/Yalobusha Natural Gas District; authorize expansion of natural gas distribution system.
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133. HB 1335
Not Rated
Lincoln County; include food sold at county's civic center as retail merchandise when processing electronic payments for such merchandise.
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134. HB 953
Good Policy
Homeowners' associations; regulate managing agents of and require financial reviews by.
Analysis: This bill maintains the proper role of state government. All political subdivisions within the jurisdiction of a state are subject to state authority. The Founders addressed the national government and state governments only. Therefore, it is incumbent upon a state government, in order to fulfill the role for which it was created, to ensure all political subdivisions with its jurisdiction, which includes homeowners’ associations, are accountable for the provision of services and functions for which they were created. Homeowners’ associations elect their board members and operate under bylaws akin to the manner in which municipal governments operate. This bill establishes clear, common sense guidelines outlining procedures for the handling of homeowners’ money to ensure accountability and transparency without added government intrusion or interference in the association’s day-to-day activities or increased burdens on operation.
135. HB 330
Neutral
Uninsured motorist coverage law; revise to prohibit insurance policy from paying certain losses if another insurance policy must pay for such.
Analysis: This policy neither expands nor contracts the size and scope of government. This policy change eliminates the paying of duplicate claims to joined parties for the same incident.
136. SB 2031
Bad Policy
City of Louisville; extend the hotel and motel tax repeal date to July 1, 2025.
Analysis: This is a Hotel/Motel Tax that was implemented in 2013 for parks and recreation. This bill seeks to extend the tax to 2025 without a vote of the people of Louisville. Local governments should seek to lower the tax burden on every citizen, even those visiting their city. These local taxes are notorious for being voted in and remaining on the books in perpetuity.
137. HB 1213
Good Policy
State Personnel Board; require exempted agencies' reports to include quantifiable data and to be sent to SPB, PEER and LBO.
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability and transparency and could potentially reduce government spending. This bill adds the requirement of quantifiable data to the contents of reports produced by exempted agencies and adds the Joint Legislative Budget Office and PEER to the list of required recipients of such reports.
138. HB 359
Bad Policy
Municipally-owned utilities; may use accounting system accommodation for uncollectible customer indebtedness.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the transfer of money from taxpayers to fund a new government program to pay for assistance to low-income individuals. This is not the proper role of government.
139. HB 1301
Good Policy
Career and technical education; revise curriculum, instructor license requirements and certain assessments.
Analysis: This bill returns career and technical education to our state’s public schools in a meaningful way. This bill promotes individual liberty for our public school students by giving public school students viable options to pursue instead of the one-size-fits-all approach. This bill also decreases inefficiency in education bureaucracy by creating a statutory procedure to bring individuals who are skilled in trades and experienced in various professions into our public school classroom as licensed educators. Ideally parents should be in charge of their children’s education, but one cannot deny that public schools serve an integral role in the potential prosperity of our posterity. This bill provides much needed improvements in our state’s public education system to expand our state’s skilled labor force and provide students with skills for life. **This bill also brings forward code section relating to dual enrollment, which requires greater scrutiny of this bill as it moves through the legislative process. The rating of this bill is subject to change.
140. HB 1030
Bad Policy
'Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act'; enact.
Analysis: This bill establishes irresponsible fiscal policy by forbidding reevaluation of a student's or student's family's income to determine continued eligibility for grants-in-aid to the student awarded based on financial need. (See lines 217 – 223) This policy establishes unequal access to education by raising student-athletes above the standards and requirements put in place for all college students when determining eligibility for aid money.
141. HB 1047
Not Rated
Nationally certified licensed school employees; delete caps on nurses and speech pathologists and add athletic trainers for salary supplements.
Analysis:
142. HB 1091
Neutral
Light wine, light spirit product and beer; authorize microbreweries and revise various sections of law.
Analysis: This bill adds additional categories of businesses to the state’s existing statutes, which expands regulated access resulting in the appearance of increased individual freedom. However, this bill simply expands the scope of the existing flawed system regulating alcohol in the state of Mississippi. Government should eliminate the regulations currently in place concerning alcohol in our state. The proper role of government is to protect individuals’ ability to participate in the free market.
143. HB 1095
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue; authorize to compromise and settle certain tax liabilities.
Analysis: This bill expands the power of government to collect tax liabilities it otherwise has been unable to collect. This bill also expands individual liberty by specifying that the Department of Revenue is authorized to compromise with individuals regarding their past due tax liabilities. Unfortunately, specific language in this bill severely limits individual liberty by removing statute of limitations protections in cases of misrepresentation, “whether intentionally or not.” (See lines 39-42) This bill currently has an amendment to add a reverse repealer waiting to be passed by the House floor. Therefore, the rating of this bill is subject to change as it moves through the legislative process.
144. HB 747
Good Policy
Work release program; authorize courts and sheriffs to assign certain convicted offenders to while confined in jail.
Analysis: This bill creates a mechanism for nonviolent offenders to actively begin paying fines and child support with the wages earned through the work release program. This bill promotes pre-emptive positive reintegration measures for incarcerated individuals. These measures will ease the transition from incarceration back into our communities.
145. HB 536
Bad Policy
Mississippi Department of Employment Security; revise various provisions regarding authority of.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending and encourages government dependence in a program that functions outside the proper role of government. This bill changes the definition of unemployment to provide payments to individuals who are receiving reduced voluntary payments in lieu of their standard weekly wage, as well individuals who do not work a specified number of hours each week resulting in inconsistent weekly wages. The latter could include nearly any individual working part-time in the food service sector. This bill has the serious potential to result in an insurmountable surge of unemployment benefit applications.
146. HB 1123
Bad Policy
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise funding and specify teaching standards.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending. A child's education, especially small children in their early stages of learning, is first and foremost the responsibility of parents. Expanding “Early Learning” is not fiscally responsible at this time. Furthermore, government should work to encourage family cohesion and parental responsibility not continually expand programs that provide safety nets for individuals’ choices.
147. HB 1288
Not Rated
Charter vessel operator's permit; create to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages by the holder of.
Analysis:
148. HB 1211
Not Rated
Administrative hearing procedures for Commission on Marine Resources; revise to authorize executive director of Department of Marine Resources to make final decisions during.
Analysis:
149. HB 499
Neutral
Qualified equity investment tax credits; extend authority of Mississippi Development Authority to allocate.
Analysis: This bill continues an existing tax credit for an additional three years. Ideally, government should reduce its overall spending which in turn would result in taxpayers keeping more of their own money.
150. HB 82
Bad Policy
Community or junior colleges; authorize to administer construction contracts of $1,000,000.00 or less, and exempt certain oversight.
Analysis: This bill reduces government transparency and accountability by removing authority and oversight of bond funds. Government should preserve its proper functions necessary to verify government spending is efficient. The Department of Finance and Administration is tasked with the responsibility of oversight and should retain such authority without exemptions unless the net benefits of increased efficiency such exemptions exceed the potential for inefficiency and mismanagement in government building projects and associated maintenance.
151. HB 1323
Good Policy
Open meeting; authorize executive session for discussion of plans to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Analysis: This bill preserves individuals’ privacy and potentially increases the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement activities focused on human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. *This bill also brings forward an additional code section with no changes in this bill in its current form.
152. HB 1077
Good Policy
Open account; revise definition and require account creditor to send demand to current address of account debtor through certain means.
Analysis: This bill clarifies existing statute concerning the manner in which an individual or entity obtains a debt owed. This bill prescribes the manner in which notice must be given, which ensures consistency of not only the process but also in civil actions resulting from non-payment. This bill preserves the free exchange of goods and services and does not expand government authority.
153. HB 576
Good Policy
Local System Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Fund; revise allocation formula.
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability and establishes responsible fiscal policy in the allocation of additional funds from the Local System Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Fund. This bill adds language to existing statute that ensures deficiencies are addressed before certification of eligibility for additional funds is granted. This bill institutes inspections necessary to verify existing deficiencies are in fact being addressed.
154. HB 1075
Bad Policy
MS Credit Availability Act, Title Pledge Act, and Check Cashers Act; extend or remove repealer on certain provisions of.
Analysis: This bill expands the scope of government authority beyond its proper role and limits individual freedom and liberty to engage in the free exchange of goods and services. This bill reenacts code sections and extends the effective date of the legislation through 2026. Government should not preemptively interfere in the private business activities of individuals.
155. HB 87
Bad Policy
MDHS fraud investigators; provide they shall be law enforcement officers.
Analysis: This bill expands the size and scope of government, decreases government accountability and transparency, and reduces individual freedom. This bill creates a new executive, law enforcement department by changing requirements for MDHS fraud investigators and expands government authority and power beyond its proper role. This bill goes far beyond the confines of simply investigating fraud by granting MDHS fraud investigators pre-emptive authority. (See line 20)
156. SB 2882
Bad Policy
Lowndes County; increase amount that may be contributed to the United Way for fiscal years 2021-2023, and extend repealer.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending on functions outside of the proper role of government.
157. SB 2881
Bad Policy
City of Brookhaven; extend repeal date on the tax upon room rentals of hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast establishments.
Analysis: This bill reduces government accountability and increases government spending by extending a local tax beyond its voter approved expiration date. This tax was voted on by the citizens of Brookhaven and written into law with a set date to expire. This bill circumvents the citizen approval process to keep this tax in place.
158. HB 1157
Good Policy
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; allow municipalities to authorize operation on certain municipal streets.
Analysis: This bill removes an unnecessary restriction on individuals’ day freedom of movement within municipalities.
159. HB 572
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Analysis:
160. HB 594
Not Rated
Coastal Wetlands Protection Act; revise definitions to include 'ordinary high water mark'.
Analysis:
161. HB 1012
Good Policy
Charitable solicitations; revise provisions relating to notice, demand and service of process.
Analysis: This bill reduces government power and authority to review previous donors to charitable organizations in determining their status as such in the state of Mississippi. In addition, this bill increases government accountability by eliminating vague language that could result in, whether intentional or not, application of statutory definitions that are not consistent with the original intent of the legislation. Government should continually work to clarify existing statutes to prevent inconsistent interpretation of law and always be extremely cautious and proactive when drafting new legislation to ensure it is written using clear and concise language.
162. HB 887
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate a segment of United States Highway 82 in Webster County as 'Corporal William Justin Cooper Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
163. HB 1181
Neutral
The MS Registered Agents Act; revise to include 'email address.'
Analysis: This bill does not expand the size, scope, or power of government. This bill adds an email address part of the information submitted to the state when filing for appointment as a registered agent.
164. HB 1008
Bad Policy
Medicaid; make technical amendments to services, manage care and assessment provisions.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending. This bill also brings forward code sections for amending at a later time. This policy reduces government transparency and accountability.
165. HB 1290
Neutral
Attorney General; allow salaries of assistants to exceed statutory limitation under certain circumstances.
Analysis:
166. HB 1333
Not Rated
Town of Wesson; authorize the use of low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads.
Analysis:
167. HB 1245
Neutral
MDOT; require maintenance of rights-of-way of state highways inside municipal limits with 10,000 or less population.
Analysis: This bill specifies the responsible party for maintenance of state highways inside specific municipal limits. While the government should seek to reduce overall spending, essential core functions of government must be maintained. These functions include the maintenance of our roads and their rights-of-way to ensure the safety of our citizens. The responsible party for performing this core function should be the state as the specific rights-of-way addressed in this bill are on state highways.
168. HB 525
Bad Policy
Corrections omnibus bill; enact.
Analysis: This bill changes an immense amount of code section. Numerous, detailed changes in code sections more often than not result in unintended consequences, some of which can be crippling to the efficiency of government agencies and departments. Omnibus bills in general are bad policy. Representatives and Senators are faced with either voting for bad things in these huge bills to get the few good things in them or voting against the few good things because of all the bad things. Just as our founding documents were written, our state laws should also be written and constructed in a manner in which the average individual with a basic knowledge of civics and who is moderately engaged in the goings-on their state government can read, interpret, and gain a healthy understanding with the need for input from a lawyer, scholar, or government official.
169. HB 9
Neutral
MS Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy; name firing range as the 'Lieutenant Colonel Pat Cronin Firing Range.'
Analysis: This bill renames the MS Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy.
170. HB 294
Good Policy
Hospices; delete repealer on authority for prescribing certain drugs without in-person visit with a patient.
Analysis: This bill reduces government interference in healthcare. The doctor – patient relationship should not be dictated by unnecessary government restrictions and mandates.
171. HB 1139
Good Policy
Income, sales and use taxes; remove requirement that certain taxpayers pay June tax liability on or before June 25.
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability by removing a statutory pre-payment month instituted by the Legislature several years ago to fill a budget deficit. This bill returns the due date of tax liability in our state for the month of June to its pre-existing, consistent date in line with the due date for each month throughout the year.
172. HB 274
Bad Policy
Law enforcement officers; allow certain use of uniform, weapon, vehicle and equipment for disaster relief when off-duty.
Analysis: This bill reduces government efficiency and could potentially lead to increased government spending. County and municipal law enforcement resources should be used for county and municipal law enforcement. Additional use outside of the confines of the specific purpose for which that specific taxpayer money was collected and spent is improper and a misappropriation of resources. This bill is in direct contradiction with other state statutes which forbid this type of reallocation of resources.
173. HB 8
Good Policy
UMMC property; revise leasing authority by removing certain minimum requirements of improvements to development.
Analysis: This bill provides an avenue to reduce government spending and encourages better use of resources. The bill enables UMMC to more efficiently lease property by removing restrictions on the terms of the lease.
174. HB 928
Neutral
Commissioner of Corrections and community corrections; bring forward various sections relating to.
Analysis: This bill in its current form does not change existing law. However, this bill brings forward code section allowing for amendments to be made at a later time. This process reduces government transparency, provides an avenue for bad legislation to go unchecked until the very end of the legislative process, and reduces citizens' representation in decision-making through their elected representatives as active participation in this process is often limited to a select few members of the Legislature appointed to serve on conference committees. This action requires greater scrutiny of this bill and may result in its policy rating being changed as this bill moves through the legislative process.
175. HB 1179
Neutral
William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program; create.
Analysis: This bill attempts to consolidate and streamline Mississippi's education repayment programs.
176. HB 942
Neutral
Public utilities; authorize rate-regulated electric utilities to permit broadband provider use of the electric delivery system.
Analysis: This bill restricts individual liberty by removing private property protections. The proper role of government is to preserve and defend individuals’ right to property. This bill allows third party contractors to access private property without the need for permission from the property owner.
177. HB 1334
Not Rated
Town of Georgetown; authorize use of low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads.
Analysis:
178. HB 1048
Neutral
Qualification deadline; change to February 1 for certain statewide, state district, county and county district offices.
Analysis: This bill brings forward code sections relating to payment of fees to qualify for elected office.
179. HB 1197
Not Rated
Dual-phase design-build method of construction contracting; revise certain provisions of.
Analysis:
180. HB 520
Bad Policy
Use tax; revise certain provisions regarding funds distributed to municipalities/counties for road improvements.
Analysis: This bill reduces government accountability by allowing municipalities/counties to accumulate debt, which is purported to be for road and bridge improvements, which utilizes future use taxes as collateral and/or guarantee of payment. Government should operate using the funds it has available.
181. HB 352
Neutral
Home inspector license; require applicants to undergo certain background checks.
Analysis: This bill adds background checks to the list requirements to qualify for a home inspector license in the state of Mississippi. The existing criteria for which a license may be denied includes a felony conviction or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in the previous five years. Given the existing criteria, this bill does not expand government authority directly. However, government should continually work to reduce its restrictions, regulations, and barriers to employment to the fullest extent possible while preserving public safety.
182. HB 1346
Not Rated
City of Guntown; authorize use of low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public streets.
Analysis:
183. HB 109
Neutral
Budget process; update various sections relating to.
Analysis: This bill removes language that is no longer applicable and preserves the sound policy of 98% allocation of the general funds for this fiscal year.
184. HB 320
Good Policy
Perpetual care cemeteries; authorize counties and cities to clean property of those not properly maintained.
Analysis: This bill provides a mechanism for counties and cities to address neglected perpetual care cemeteries integrating existing procedures regarding nuisance properties in conjunction with new code outlining procedures for obtaining repayment for services from trusts for the perpetual care cemeteries through the Secretary of State’s office. This bill makes positive changes to existing law by incorporating common sense solutions to real problems requiring specific actions within the proper role of government.
185. SB 2032
Bad Policy
City of Olive Branch; authorize 1% tax on hotels and motels and issuance of bonds for tourism and parks and recreation.
Analysis: This is a Hotel/Motel Tax that the city of Olive Branch is asking for tourism, parks and recreation. Tourism, Parks and recreation are not a core function of government and local governments should seek to lower the tax burden on every citizen even those visiting their city. This bill would also allow the city to issue bonds on the projected proceeds of the tax putting more indebtedness on its citizens. These local taxes are notorious for being voted in and remaining on the books in perpetuity.
186. HB 1177
Neutral
General laws and journals of legislative sessions; copies of not provided to certain recipients of unless specifically requested.
Analysis:
187. HB 849
Not Rated
State Workforce Investment Board; revise membership of.
Analysis:
188. HB 512
Bad Policy
ABC agents/inspectors; revise certain provisions regarding powers of.
Analysis: This bill seeks to expand the power of ABC agents by removing code wording that explicitly states that nothing in the section shall be construed as granting agents and inspectors of the alcoholic beverage control division general police powers. The current actions of ABC are already wildly beyond the intended scope of government and thus deserves to be curtailed not expanded.
189. HB 119
Good Policy
Harper's Grace Law; extend repealer on authority to research and dispense cannabidiol (CBD oil) for medical purposes.
Analysis: This bill, in theory, promotes individual freedom and liberty. Unfortunately, thus far its actual effects on increased access to potentially life-saving medical and therapeutic procedures and drug choices is subpar. Government should work to remove unnecessary restrictions, regulations, and barriers on the activities of individuals and limit interference in healthcare and the free market.
190. HB 135
Neutral
MS Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts government.
191. HB 633
Neutral
Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to implement in K-12 public schools.
Analysis:
192. HB 945
Not Rated
Light wine, beer and light spirit product; revise number of qualified electors required to petition for election to prohibit or authorize.
Analysis:
193. SB 3032
Not Rated
City of Pascagoula; extend the repeal date on tourism tax authorized to be levied on prepared food sold at restaurants.
Analysis:
194. HB 1326
Good Policy
Compact for a Balanced Budget; revise delegate membership and extend sunset provision.
Analysis: This bill establishes an interstate compact among Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota. The compact's goal is to pressure the federal government to add an amendment to the United States Constitution that would require Congress to pass budgets with particular rules. The compact authors hope that, if enough states adopt the compact, it would fast-track an eventual amendment that would ideally be passed by April 2021. In addition to the four states currently in the compact, compact supporters have targeted 24 other states to ratify the compact. This compact will also require congressional consent before it can be ratified.
195. HB 638
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; revise various provisions relating to distilleries.
Analysis: This bill increases individual liberty to operate in a flawed system. This bill expands the ability of distilleries to sell on-premises; however, it maintains the government monopoly on wholesale alcoholic beverage in the state of Mississippi. This is not the proper role of government. Individuals should be free to participate in the free market to the fullest extent possible, and the only role the government should play in this is to protect and preserve individuals freedom and liberty and, in all other things, get out of the way.
196. HB 425
Good Policy
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions regarding when an application for change of property assessment may be made.
Analysis: Allows assessors the ability to use knowledge of unique property circumstances to change, cancel, or decrease the tax assessment. This bill allows greater flexibility for ensuring taxes are assessed correctly. *This bill brings forward numerous code sections. This action requires greater scrutiny of this bill as it moves through the legislative process. Code sections “brought forward" are opened up for amending. Significant deviations from this bill's initial intent due to language changes made at any time during the legislative process may result in its policy rating being changed if such deviations violate the principles of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
197. HB 997
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; remove DOR from being wholesale distributor, authorize issuance of wholesaler's permits.
Analysis: This bill dismantles the state's monopoly on wholesale alcohol distribution within its borders. This action is a positive move toward free market principles. It also converts its “markup” (which is thought of as the “profit”) of 27.5% to a tax of 18% on the gross proceeds of private wholesalers. All other taxes on alcohol will remain.This tax is still too high and is in addition to existing excise taxes already levied on these goods. The fee prescribed by this bill for the new wholesaler’s permit is $5,000. (See line 925)
198. HB 1284
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue License Tag Acquisition Fund; revise certain provisions regarding.
Analysis: This bill decreases government accountability and transparency by removing the requirement that the Department of Revenue License Tag Acquisition Fund receive an appropriation from the Legislature for its operations and moves this fund back to a special fund agency. This action is a reversal of the 2016 legislation enacted to streamline the funding process and increase accountability and transparency in government spending. By returning this fund to a special fund agency status, expenditures will not have direct oversight by the Legislature. Appropriation is a core function of the Legislature, the authority of which should not be ceded to agency and department heads who not accountable to the people of Mississippi.
199. HB 1312
Neutral
State Board of Cosmetology; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill expands the scope of government authority. This bill not only extends the life of a board that interferes in Mississippians' participation in the free market both as consumers and suppliers, causing undue burdens on individuals in our state attempting to positively contribute to the overall strength of our state’s economy as well as provide for themselves and their families, but this bill also adds additional categories of services to the list of services over which the State Board of Cosmetology claims authority. This policy is not in line with the proper role of government and is not necessary to preserve the safety and health of our citizens. This bill does the opposite by depressing individuals’ ability to simply earn a living.
200. HB 100
Neutral
MS Telephone Solicitation Act; extend repealer on requirement that fees be deposited into State General Fund.
Analysis:
201. HB 354
Bad Policy
Municipal judges; authorize to order a defendant to remedy real property ordinance violations within a reasonable time period.
Analysis: This bill reduces individual liberty and increases government authority. This bill subverts the very nature of our justice system by eliminating an accused's ability to appeal in municipal cases involving code violations and granting local government entities immediate authority following the lapse of a specified time frame without regard to circumstance or any other applicable variables.
202. HB 754
Neutral
Dyslexia education; revise provisions for determining student eligibility for IEP or 504 Plan.
Analysis:
203. HB 1135
Neutral
Alcoholic beverages; create delivery service permit.
Analysis: This bill creates a new permit under the state’s existing statutes, which expands regulated access resulting in the appearance of increased individual freedom. However, this bill simply expands the scope of the existing flawed system regulating alcohol in the state of Mississippi. Government should eliminate the regulations currently in place concerning alcohol in our state. The proper role of government is to protect individuals’ ability to participate in the free market.
204. HB 1263
Good Policy
Occupational licensing; provide for recognition of out-of-state licenses if applicants satisfy certain conditions.
Analysis: This bill reduces obstacles to work and encourages talented individuals to move to Mississippi, growing our population and our economy.
205. HB 95
Neutral
Nursing home administrators; delete repealer on licensure requirements for and authorize board to conduct background checks.
Analysis: The government should eliminate unnecessary licensure requirements. Such requirements place restrictions on individual freedom and liberty and discourage free markets. The proper role of government is to preserve individual freedom and liberty to the fullest extent possible while insuring the safety of its citizens.
206. HB 160
Neutral
State Department of Health and State Board of Health; extend repealer on.
Analysis: The government should eliminate unnecessary licensure requirements. Such requirements place restrictions on individual freedom and liberty and discourage free markets. The proper role of government is to preserve individual freedom and liberty to the fullest extent possible while insuring the safety of its citizens.
207. HB 974
Bad Policy
DPS; revise law regarding.
Analysis: This bill greatly expands the scope of authority granted to numerous classifications of personnel within DPS. In addition, this bill removes the Attorney General's oversight of contracts. (See line 297) This policy limits transparency and reduces accountability.
208. HB 1018
Not Rated
State buildings; name DPS Gulf Coast Regional Forensics Laboratory as the 'Gary T. Hargrove Memorial Forensic Laboratory.'
Analysis:
209. SB 2776
Bad Policy
Noxubee County; authorize assessments on misdemeanor convictions and nonadjudications for capital improvements.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending and decreases individual liberty by adding an additional fine to be assessed on certain individuals. This bill authorizes government-sanctioned inequality under the law through implementation of uneven justice in the name of raising funds for building and improvement projects.
210. HB 761
Good Policy
State Veterans Affairs Board; revise powers and duties relating to the operation of the State Veterans Homes.
Analysis: This bill clarifies accountability requirements for the State Veterans Affairs Board. In addition, this bill specifically states contracted property management services are not authorized to dispose of obsolete property. This policy ensures public property will not be sold by contractors for private gain.
211. HB 872
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate a segment of United States Highway 61 in Jefferson County as the 'Highway Patrol Lieutenant Troy Morris Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
212. HB 487
Neutral
County and public libraries; repeal certain provisions related to.
Analysis:
213. SB 2539
Bad Policy
Hinds County; authorize assessments on convictions, for improvements to courthouses and pretrial detention facilities.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending and decreases individual liberty by adding an additional fine to be assessed on certain individuals. This bill authorizes government-sanctioned inequality under the law through implementation of uneven justice in the name of raising funds for building and improvement projects.
214. HB 509
Good Policy
Unemployment compensation; allow withholding of state income tax.
Analysis: While it would probably be in the best interest of the taxpayers to not have unemployment compensation be subject to further taxes, this bill allows for the tax deduction to be made on the front end of the payment.
215. HB 511
Bad Policy
Amusement ride operating permit decal; revise period for issuance.
Analysis: This bill amends the issuing period for amusement ride decals in a way that adds unnecessary restrictions to business operations. In addition, the specific changes are in direct conflict with existing language in the statute which could potentially result in increased government inefficiency. *See lines 11-12 & lines 30-32 in the Strike-Through version of the bill
216. HB 995
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate segment in Marshall County, Mississippi as the 'Representative Tommy Woods Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
217. HB 992
Neutral
County port and harbor commission; provide that members hold appointment until successor appointed and installed.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts the size of government. This bill ensures continuity in the functioning of the county port harbor commission during lapses in member appointments.
218. HB 632
Good Policy
'All Fuels Act of 2021'; establish.
Analysis:
219. HB 516
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue; allow department appraisers to receive certain pay increases upon completing certain training.
Analysis: This is a back door attempt to approve mass pay increase for county tax assessors and their employees.
220. HB 519
Good Policy
Motor vehicle license tags; remove requirement for apportioned vehicles to have decal with expiration month/year on tag.
Analysis: This bill eliminates the requirement to physically place new decals on apportioned vehicles every year. The government should continually find new ways to reduce waste and unnecessary requirements placed on businesses and individuals.