Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

2019 Regular Session

Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 19
Not Rated
Bond counsel; require certain to be selected through competitive request for proposals process. Dead
Analysis:
HB 369
Not Rated
Reverse auction; revise method of receiving bids through for agencies and governing authorities. Dead
Analysis:
HB 371
Not Rated
Trip optimizer system; exempt youth services counselors. Dead
Analysis:
HB 379
Not Rated
MS Highway Safety Patrol; require all patrol cars to include rear partition transport cages. Dead
Analysis:
HB 487
Not Rated
DOC's evaluation of requests for proposals for canteen services; require interested third parties to have reasonable prices for services. Dead
Analysis:
HB 527
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; allow off-duty use of official vehicles under certain circumstances. Dead
Analysis:
HB 528
Neutral
Contracts; provide additional penalties for a person who splits to avoid competitive purchasing procedures. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to reduce the instances of fraud by stating that the Public Procurement Review Board can penalize vendors or business owners who split invoices so to circumvent authorized amounts that can be paid from the state by banning them from doing business in the state for 3 years for the first penalty and indefinitely for the second violation. Previously it was a misdemeanor fine and jail time. This raises concerns for due process.
HB 598
Not Rated
DFA; authorize to issue request for one or more primary care clinics to be consulted. Dead
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HB 632
Not Rated
Transportation; transfer law enforcement duties of Motor Carrier Division of MDPS to MDOT. Dead
Analysis:
HB 658
Not Rated
Architects; exempt certain from continuing education requirements. Dead
Analysis:
HB 679
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; allow certain use of uniform, weapon, vehicle and equipment for disaster relief when off-duty. Dead
Analysis:
HB 681
Not Rated
MS Accountability and Transparency Act; revise to include certain counties and municipalities. Dead
Analysis:
HB 792
Good Policy
State Board of Public Contractors; exempt nonprofit corporations, associations and churches from certain licensing provisions of. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to relax building regulations on nonprofit corporations, associations or churches by the State Board of Public Contractors.
HB 838
Not Rated
Open Meetings Act; revise definition of public body under. Dead
Analysis:
HB 896
Not Rated
MS Highway Safety Patrol officers; authorize to work nongovernmental jobs. Dead
Analysis:
HB 898
Good Policy
Agency Accountability Review Act of 2019; create. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government transparency for State agencies by requiring the Mississippi Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) to conduct a thorough and regular review of agencies to determine whether they are still relevant and fulfilling a necessary function of government. The report must be delivered to members of the Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor and the Governor on December 15 of each year and made public on December 31 of each year.
HB 971
Not Rated
Contract lobbyists; prohibit agencies, universities and colleges from hiring with public funds. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1044
Not Rated
Professional Bail Agent; bring forward. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1112
Not Rated
Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors; authorize to establish 2-year licensure cycle for engineers. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1133
Not Rated
Government contracts; authorize agency, department or political subdivision of the state to require the use of work verification software to verify hours worked for. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1170
Not Rated
Boards and commissions; regulate how a member of may be removed. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1203
Not Rated
Stop Social Media Censorship Act; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1204
Good Policy
Mississippi Public Records Act; authorize public bodies to continue to contract even though right to protest still available. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to streamline the procurement of contracts if a court has not ruled on a protective order for a competitive sealed proposal within 90 days while still allowing for protest after the contract has been awarded.
HB 1205
Good Policy
Public agency; prohibit from requesting or releasing certain personal information from an entity organized under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code. Alive
Analysis: This bill protects the personal information of individuals who donate to the causes and charities of their choice by prohibiting government employees from posting personal information online for anyone to search.
HB 1206
Good Policy
Vending machines and micro markets; exempt from regulation by Department of Agriculture and State Board of Health. Alive
Analysis: This bill defines and exempts vending machines and micro markets from additional regulations. This decreases the price for food sold by said vendors.
HB 1280
Not Rated
State agency and governing authority contracts; require 30% of to be set-aside for certain businesses. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1290
Good Policy
State agencies; require to answer certain question after amending or adopting. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government transparency by requiring state agencies to post answers to certain questions, detailed in the bill, on their website within 30 days of proposing to amend or adopt regulations.
HB 1291
Not Rated
MS Real Estate Commission; require to develop a real estate broker management course to be implemented 1-1-2021, as a requirement for licensure as a real estate broker. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1292
Good Policy
Real Estate Commission; require notice of proposed rule changes via email to all licensees. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to create additional government transparency. It requires all real estate license holders to provide an up-to-date email and for the Real Estate Commission to email them proposed changes to regulations.
HB 1293
Bad Policy
Real estate appraisers; revise provisions regarding licensure requirements and national registry fee. Dead
Analysis: This bill changes around regulations for real estate appraisers and raises fees. The state should enforce contracts and rights, not limit contracts and willing business opportunities through licensing and regulations
HB 1296
Good Policy
Open Meetings Act; revise to require that minutes kept shall be posted on public body's website within certain time after the meeting. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government transparency by stating that the minutes shall be kept of all meetings of a public body, which are required to record minutes per the Open Meetings Act, are to be posted to their website within 35 days.
HB 1392
Neutral
School athletics and extracurricular activities; require SBE to review and recommend revisions for administration of for public schools. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to reform the state oversight of public school sports. This bill will create a committee to review and create a not-for-profit profit corporation that will not be mandatory to be a member of and will not prohibit member schools from competing against nonmember schools.
HB 1412
Bad Policy
Open Meeting Law; revise reasons for executive sessions to include certain discussions by boards of trustees of public hospitals. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to include business transactions and discussion by the boards of public trustees of public hospitals to reasons for an executive session during open meetings. This would reduce public transparency.
HB 1487
Not Rated
Mississippi Public Records Act; revise certain provisions of. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1497
Not Rated
DFA; establish office of Shared Services within to operate as the central business office for select agencies. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1559
Not Rated
Reverse auctions in public purchases; make applicable only to agencies. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1560
Not Rated
Reverse auctions in public purchases; make applicable only to agencies. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1561
Neutral
Reverse auction; prohibit use for certain term contract. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to prohibit reverse auctions when using Term Contracts except for commodities purchased for resale or raw materials converted into products for resale. An amendment that passed reads, on line 77, that the governing authority may designate the method by which the bids will be received, including reverse auctions. The bill maintains that reverse auction shall not be used for any public contract for design or construction of public facilities, including buildings, roads and bridges and term contracts as provided in paragraph (n) of this section, unless approved by the Public Procurement Review Board
SB 2046
Good Policy
Public Records Act; exempt certain information technology-related information from. Alive
Analysis: This bill exempts sensitive information such as source codes and security policies from the MS Public Records Act of 1983.
SB 2759
Good Policy
Mississippi Public Records Act; authorize public bodies to award procurement contract even if protest is still available. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to streamline the procurement of contracts if a court has not ruled on a protective order for a competitive sealed proposal within 90 days while still allowing for protest after the contract has been awarded.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed