House Calendar

RULES

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HC 4
Resolution
Representative Gary Chism; commend dedicated legislative career and public service upon his retirement.
Analysis:

WAYS AND MEANS

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 374
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize issuance to supporters of Mississippi Theatre Association, Inc.
Analysis:
2. 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.
3. HB 508
Neutral
Department of Revenue; allow retiring law enforcement officer of to retain issued sidearm.
Analysis:
4. 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.
5. HB 510
Neutral
Motor vehicle certificate of title; limit period for which Department of Revenue must retain.
Analysis: While the intent of this bill seeks to decrease the amount of time the Department of Revenue is required to keep Certificate of Titles on file, the potential unintended consequences could result in decreased government efficiency involving applications to transfer one’s existing vehicle title to an Antique Auto tag which requires vehicles be at least 20 years old. When making changes to existing statute it is imperative that specific amounts of time referenced do not conflict with other section of applicable code and/or administrative rules.
6. 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
7. 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.
8. HB 514
Good Policy
Sales tax; exempt sales of tangible personal property or services to DeafBlind Community of Mississippi, Inc.
Analysis: This bill gives sales tax exemptions to the DeafBlind Community of Mississippi. Ideally, all Mississippi citizens would be given similar tax reductions, but this is a fine move that marginally reduces the tax authority of the state.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. HB 518
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue; authorize to create wholesale to retail accountability program.
Analysis: This bill expands the power of the Department of Revenue and forces individuals to spend more time cataloging and recording information about sales of candy, food, and nonalcoholic beverages to the DoR. In a time when small businesses are struggling, why would the state attempt to place additional burdens on individuals? Ultimately, as with so much of the legislature's focus, this is an effort to ensure that the government is taking as much money from private citizens as it can.