Local and Private Legislation

2019 Regular Session

Local and Private Legislation

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 153
Not Rated
Lowndes County; revise valuation date for the county reserve and trust fund. Dead
Analysis:
HB 297
Not Rated
Local and private bills proposing to extend local tax for second time; require direct referendum. Dead
Analysis:
HB 325
Bad Policy
City of Columbus and Lowndes County; authorize restaurant tax to fund Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitor's Bureau and revise composition of bureau. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase taxation to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease spending on items outside the core functions of government.
HB 653
Bad Policy
City of Baldwyn; extend repeal date on tax on hotels, motels, restaurants and convenience stores to promote tourism. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to reinstate a tourism tax repealed on July 1, 2018 and create an "ex post facto law" to legalize the taxes that had continued to be collected after the date of repeal.
HB 859
Not Rated
Local and private bills proposing to extend local tax for second time; require direct referendum. Dead
Analysis:
HB 941
Not Rated
Lowndes County; revise valuation date for the county reserve and trust fund. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1157
Not Rated
City of Jackson; authorize to create special local improvement assessment districts. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1364
Not Rated
City of Charleston; authorize a tax on prepared food and drink at restaurants and prepared food at convenience stores to promote tourism. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1368
Not Rated
City of Clarksdale; public utilities commission may be abolished by majority vote of electors voting in special election. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1386
Bad Policy
City of Winona; authorize contribution to the 'Donald H. Peterson Memorial Fund.' Alive
Analysis: This bill uses taxes to pay for a memorial for a private citizens. The state should use taxes to pay down the debt and let private citizens fund the memorial.
HB 1387
Bad Policy
Montgomery County; authorize contribution to the 'Donald H. Peterson Memorial Fund.' Alive
Analysis: This bill uses taxes to pay for a memorial for a private citizens. The state should use taxes to pay down the debt and let private citizens fund the memorial.
HB 1423
Bad Policy
City of Lexington; authorize a tax on restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
HB 1555
Not Rated
City of Natchez; authorize to donate/convey the Natchez Intermodal Transportation Center and certain historic properties to United States. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1565
Bad Policy
City of Starkville; authorize levying of additional tourism tax on hotels, motels and restaurants. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
HB 1585
Not Rated
DeSoto County; authorize to contribute funds, in-kind donations and support to economic development council. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1591
Not Rated
Coahoma County Reserve and Trust Fund; authorize trustees of fund to use certain amount of fund to supplement county general fund. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1601
Not Rated
City of Saltillo; authorize the governing authorities to impose a tax on hotels, motels and restaurants for certain purposes. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1602
Not Rated
City of Clarksdale; authorize the levying of special ad valorem tax taxable property in city to fund certain capital improvements. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1610
Not Rated
City of Clarksdale; authorize levying of special ad valorem tax on taxable property in city to fund certain capital improvements. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1611
Not Rated
City of Flowood; authorize levying of tourism tax on hotels and motels within the city. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1671
Good Policy
City of Clarksdale; public utilities commission may be abolished by majority vote of electors voting in special election. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1677
Bad Policy
Hinds County; authorize contributions to Scott Ford Houses and Jackson Zoological Park. Alive
Analysis: The Board of Supervisors of Hinds County is authorized to use $50,000 of County taxes to give to the City of Jackson to fund the Jackson Zoo. The city should reduce taxes and regulations to attract business.
HB 1678
Bad Policy
Hinds County; authorize contribution to Morning Star School, a Mississippi Historic Landmark. Alive
Analysis: The Board of Supervisors of Hinds County is authorized to use $50,000 of Hinds County taxes to fund a historic landmark that commemorates African American public education struggles. Hinds County should focus on improving and funding current public schools and students.
HB 1682
Not Rated
City of Columbus; authorize a tax on restaurants to provide funds for the operation and maintenance of Senator Terry Brown Amphitheater. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1683
Bad Policy
City of Bay St. Louis; authorize levying of tax on bars and restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
HB 1691
Neutral
City of Union; authorize expansion of water services provided by. Alive
Analysis: This bill authorizes the City of Union to expand their water services outside of the city but that they may not charge twice the rate that is charged inside the city regardless of the cost.
HB 1701
Neutral
City of Waveland; authorize to offer leasing of Waveland Business Center that binds successor governing authorities of the city. Dead
Analysis: This bill allows the public to lease the Waveland Business Center for 12 years.
HB 1705
Bad Policy
City of Jackson; authorize to create land banks to address blighted properties more efficiently within the city. Dead
Analysis: The state seeks to address the impoverishment of the city of Jackson because of taxes and regulations by creating more regulations. "Experience shows that nothing is operated with less economy and with more waste of labor and material of every kind than public services and undertakings. Private enterprise on the other hand naturally induces the owner to work with the greatest economy in his own interest." Economist Ludwig von Mises.
HB 1706
Bad Policy
City of Jackson; extend repeal date on convention and visitors bureau and reconstitute membership of bureau. Alive
Analysis: This bill extends a repealer from 2019 to 2022. A tax funded economy only works until you run out of other peoples money.
HB 1712
Not Rated
City of Pascagoula; extend repeal date on tax on hotels, motels and B&Bs to promote tourism. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1714
Neutral
City of Hattiesburg; increase maximum amount of additional annual payments to fire/police retirees. Alive
Analysis: This bill will require additional taxes to pay for fire/police retirees, who perform a necessary governmental function.
HB 1715
Neutral
City of Canton; authorize to enter into long-term agreements with Madison county Economic Development Authority concerning industrial park. Alive
Analysis:
HB 1716
Not Rated
Tallahatchie County; authorize to offer Medicare eligible employees supplemental compensation, insurance and/or benefits if employees secure Medicare coverage. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1717
Not Rated
Walnut Grove; authorize correctional facility to house prisoners who have been classified to any custody level. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1718
Good Policy
City of Waveland; authorize leasing of Waveland Business Center that binds successor governing authorities. Alive
Analysis: The governing authorities of the City of Waveland, Mississippi, are authorized, in their discretion, to offer the public a 12 year lease of the Waveland Business Center. This should increase tax revenue without increasing taxes on residents.
HB 1719
Not Rated
Warren County; authorize contributions to local nonprofit economic development organizations & authorize provision of certain matching funds. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1720
Neutral
Warren County; authorize contributions to various organizations. Alive
Analysis: This bill allows taxes to be spent on services for those left dependent on taxes and regulations. (1) Central Mississippi Prevention Services, Inc: $ (1)125 (2) Triumph Ministries, Inc: $ 11,250 (3) Vicksburg Family Development Service, Inc: $ 4,500 (4) Warren, Washington, Issaquena, Sharkey Community Action Agency, Inc: $ 6,750 (5) Women's Restoration Shelter of Mountain Faith Ministries: $ 4,500 (6) We Care Communities, Inc: $ 5,625 While well-intentioned, reducing taxes and regulations would allow for greater personal independence by allowing people to spend more of their money on charity and business development.
HB 1721
Neutral
City of Vicksburg; authorize to enter into lease agreements for water park improvements and to acquire such improved property through rental contracts. Alive
Analysis: The governing authorities of the City of Vicksburg, Mississippi, is authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to enter into lease agreements with any corporation, partnership, limited partnership, joint venture or individual under which the city may agree to lease a facility for use by the lessor for the purpose of waterfront area park improvements and related amenities for a primary term not to exceed 20 years.
HB 1723
Not Rated
City of Gautier; authorize 1% assessment on retail sales at Singing River Mall site for improvements to site. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1724
Good Policy
City of Gautier; authorize sale or 75-year lease of Singing River Mall for less than fair market value to attract retail. Alive
Analysis: The Singing River Mall has been closed for many years. Selling or leasing the mall for less money is better than maintaining it for a loss.
HB 1726
Not Rated
City of Columbia; authorize a tax on hotels, motels and restaurants to promote parks and recreation. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1727
Neutral
Marshall County; certain road contacts within Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park may extend beyond of term of board of supervisors. Alive
Analysis: Notwithstanding the provision of Section 67-1-95 that prohibits contracts for the working, construction, reconstruction and maintenance of the public roads of a county from extending beyond 30 days from the termination and end of the term of office of the members of the board of supervisors awarding it, the Board of Supervisors of Marshall County, Mississippi, may enter into all necessary contracts for the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of public roads and bridges within the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park that are related to an economic development project within the industrial park.
HB 1730
Neutral
Lauderdale County; authorize to fund Chaplaincy Program of the detention facility from revenue of inmate phone service. Alive
Analysis: The Board of Supervisors of Lauderdale County, Mississippi, may, in its discretion, expend 50%, which shall not exceed $25,000.00, of the Lauderdale County Detention Facility and the Hilltop Honor Farm Work Center (LCDF) nontax inmate telephone service revenue directly from the LCDF inmate telephone service provider to the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry to fund the LCDF Chaplain and for the administration and further development of the LCDF Chaplaincy Program.
HB 1731
Not Rated
City of Okolona; authorize to use electric power delivery system to provide broadband service to certain counties. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1732
Neutral
Town of Seminary; authorize use of golf carts on certain public roads and streets within the town. Alive
Analysis: The governing authorities of the Town of Seminary, Mississippi, may, in their discretion, authorize the operation of golf carts only on public roads and streets that are within residential neighborhoods and other areas designated by ordinance within the town limits of the Town of Seminary, Mississippi.
HB 1733
Not Rated
Issaquena County; authorize to contract for private operation of county regional facility to house minimum or medium security offenders. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1734
Neutral
Greene County; authorize to construct or acquire a county jail anywhere in county after voter approval. Dead
Analysis: When the results of the election shall have been canvassed and certified, the county may construct or acquire a county jail anywhere in the county if 60% of the qualified electors who vote in the election vote in favor of such construction or acquisition. “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” -Tacitus, 1st century Roman Senator and Historian.
HB 1735
Not Rated
City of Diamondhead; authorize city to designate streets upon which golf carts and low-speed vehicles may be operated. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1736
Not Rated
Marshall County; authorize contribution to ARISE2Read literacy program. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1737
Not Rated
Marshall County; authorize contribution to Bishop Houck New Hope Village. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1738
Bad Policy
Tallahatchie County; authorize contribution to City of Charleston for certain maintenance and improvements to city's armory building and grounds. Alive
Analysis: This bill would allow taxpayers outside of Charleston to fund an armory inside the city for maintenance and internet services with the goal of education, job training, medical service training or other civic or economic development purposes. Lowering taxes and regulations would achieve the same goal.
HB 1739
Not Rated
DeSoto County; provide certain annexation procedure for any city within the county seeking to annex a portion of county. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1740
Neutral
City of Moss Point; authorize use of golf carts and/or low-speed vehicles on certain public roads and streets. Alive
Analysis: The governing authorities of the City of Moss Point, Mississippi, may, in their discretion, authorize the operation of golf carts and/or low-speed vehicles only on public roads and streets as designated by ordinance, within the city limits of the City of Moss Point, Mississippi. Such authorization must be embodied in an ordinance and recorded on the minutes of the board of aldermen.
HB 1741
Not Rated
City of Columbus; authorize issuance of bonds to secure broadband infrastructure. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1742
Bad Policy
City of Waynesboro; authorize governing authorities to impose a tax on hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts, bars and restaurants. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks raise the cost of touring Waynesboro, Mississippi by taxing the services that tourists use. The purpose is to attract tourists.
HB 1743
Bad Policy
Lafayette County; authorize to create the Lafayette County Utility Authority. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to provide water services by taxing residents and basing growth on political influence instead of market forces. “There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money. Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost. Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch! Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get. And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income.” -Economist Milton Friedman.
HB 1744
Not Rated
City of Diamondhead; authorize to levy a parks and recreation special parcel assessment if certain conditions occur. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1745
Bad Policy
City of Gulfport; authorize tax on hotels, motels and restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
HB 1750
Not Rated
City of Magnolia and City of McComb; authorize agreements for cooperative wastewater transportation, treatment and disposal. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2185
Bad Policy
Town of Carrollton; authorize imposition of tax on restaurants. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
SB 2274
Neutral
City of Newton; allow low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2275
Neutral
Transportation center and certain historic properties; authorize City of Natchez to transfer to United States. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2276
Bad Policy
DeSoto County; authorize contributions to the DeSoto County Economic Development Council, Inc. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase economic development in DeSoto County by authorizing the County to raise taxes on doing business in the County. The State should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations. When consumers decide which businesses will succeed or fail, the resulting profit motive will greatly reduce bad business practices and reward those who put the interest of their customers first.
SB 2279
Neutral
Lowndes County; change annual valuation date of Reserve and Trust Fund from December 31 to August 31. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2853
Bad Policy
City of Saltillo; authorize the governing authorities to impose a tax on hotels, motels and restaurants for certain purposes. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
SB 2854
Bad Policy
City of Charleston; authorize a tax on restaurants to provide funds for tourism and parks and recreation. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
SB 2896
Bad Policy
Town of North Carrollton; authorize a tax on restaurant to provide funds for various purposes. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
SB 2988
Bad Policy
City of Flowood; extend repeal date on hotel and motel tax that may be imposed for construction of a convention center. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2989
Neutral
City of Diamondhead; authorize city to designate streets upon which golf carts and low-speed vehicles may be operated. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2994
Neutral
Walnut Grove; authorize correctional facility to house prisoners who have been classified to any custody level. Alive
Analysis: “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” -Tacitus, 1st century Roman Senator and Historian.
SB 2996
Neutral
Stone County; authorize contracts to complete East McHenry Road project that may extend beyond the term of board of supervisors. Alive
Analysis:
SB 3074
Bad Policy
City of Pascagoula; reenact the hotel, motel and bed-and-breakfast tax, and extend the repeal date to July 1, 2023. Alive
Analysis:
SB 3086
Bad Policy
City of Amory; reenact the hotel, motel and restaurant tax, and extend the repeal date to July 1, 2023. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
SB 3098
Neutral
Tunica County; revise distribution of gaming revenue tax. Dead
Analysis: The bill reads, "The proceeds of the tax paid to Tunica County shall be deposited into the county treasury and shall be expended by the county as follows: 12% shall be deposited in the county general road fund and may be expended for any of the purposes for which monies in the general road fund of the county may be expended," and the new language added to the bill continues, "and any annual surplus may be loaned to the county general fund." Loaning out taxes to a taxpayer fund is counter productive.
SB 3099
Neutral
Coahoma County; authorize reserve and trust fund trustees to use certain amount to supplement county general fund. Alive
Analysis:
SB 3100
Neutral
Marshall County; authorize board of supervisors to contribute to Bishop Houck New Hope Village. Alive
Analysis: This bill authorizes the county to contribute $2,500 of taxes per year from tax payers to help fund shelters for the homeless.
SB 3101
Neutral
Marshall County; authorize board of supervisors to contribute to ARISE2Read literacy program. Alive
Analysis: The Board of Supervisors of Marshall County, Mississippi, is authorized and empowered, in its discretion, to contribute money from any available funds to the ARISE2Read literacy program in an amount not to exceed $1,500.00 per fiscal year, upon such terms the board deems to be in the best interest of the county, for the purposes of encouraging and promoting literacy throughout the county.
SB 3106
Neutral
DeSoto County; authorize to complete certain road projects that may extend beyond the term of the board of supervisors. Alive
Analysis: Notwithstanding the provision of Section 65-7-95 that prohibits contracts for the working, construction, reconstruction and maintenance of the public roads of a county from extending beyond 30 days from the termination and end of the term of office of the members of the board of supervisors awarding it, the Board of Supervisors of DeSoto County, Mississippi, may enter into all necessary contracts to complete the road projects, including, but not limited to, contracts which extend beyond 30 days from the termination and end of the term of office of the board of supervisors awarding it.
SB 3111
Neutral
Warren County; authorize contributions to a local, nonprofit Veteran's Transition Center facility. Alive
Analysis: The Board of Supervisors of Warren County, Mississippi, in its discretion, is authorized to contribute during fiscal year 2019 an amount not to exceed $15,000.00 to a local, nonprofit Veteran's Transition Center facility to aid and assist qualified veterans in financial need. While well-intentioned, reducing taxes and regulations would allow private citizens the industry and capital to take care of their neighbors independently. Mississippi is not poor because the government is small enough to fit inside the Constitution. However, taking care of veterans is a legitimate function of government.
SB 3114
Neutral
City of Magnolia and City of McComb; authorize agreements for cooperative wastewater transportation, treatment and disposal. Dead
Analysis: The governing authorities of the City of Magnolia, Mississippi, and the governing authorities of the City of McComb, Mississippi, are authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to enter into a cooperative agreement for a term of not more than 35 years to establish and maintain a system of collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of sewage and wastewater, including pipelines, pumping stations, force mains and all other structures and facilities used for collecting and conducting wastewater to the McComb sewer treatment facility, which will serve as the final point for wastewater treatment and disposal. However, before an agreement executed pursuant to this act may become effective, a joint resolution of the governing authorities of the City of Magnolia and the City of McComb setting forth the agreement in its entirety must be adopted by and entered into the minutes of the governing authorities of both the City of Magnolia and the City of McComb.
SB 3116
Neutral
Lafayette County; authorize board of supervisors to contribute to Interfaith Compassion Ministries. Alive
Analysis: Instead of lowering impoverishing taxes, this bill seeks to keep impoverishing taxes to use the money to help those who have been impoverished because of taxes and regulations. “It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost.” -Economist Murray Rothbard.
SB 3118
Bad Policy
City of Columbia; authorize tax on hotels, motels and restaurants for tourism, parks and recreation. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden on industries that attract tourists to fund a marketing program to attract tourists. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.
SB 3120
Neutral
Board of Trustees of East MS Community College District; may enter into long-term lease of certain property it owns in Lowndes County. Alive
Analysis: The Board of Trustees of East Mississippi Community College District is authorized and empowered, in its discretion, to enter into a long-term lease agreement of any unimproved real property owned by the board that is located in Lowndes County, Mississippi, for the purpose of facilitating the construction of a state-of-the-art multimillion dollar facility which may include a museum, a conference and learning center, classrooms, meeting rooms, a kitchen and/or a catering kitchen and other facilities that will complement the public and educational purposes of East Mississippi Community College. The term of the lease shall not exceed 60 years and may include 1 renewal option.
SB 3121
Neutral
Simpson County; economic development district may convey water tank, water system and easement to City of Mendenhall. Alive
Analysis: The trustees of the district are authorized and empowered to convey the tank and related water system to the city. The district will grant the city a properly surveyed utility easement through the property extending from the well site and along or parallel to the existing electric power easement to Bowen Road. The conveyance shall be void, and the conveyed tank and related water system and easement shall immediately revert to the district, if the city does not have the well and tank operative within 365 days of the date of the initial conveyance, or if the city has not incorporated the subject water system into its municipal water system within 3 years of the date of the initial conveyance.
SB 3122
Bad Policy
City of Pearl; expand the boundaries of the West Pearl Tax District. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to increase the tax burden. Before the boundaries of the West Pearl Tax District may be expanded as described in Section 1(d)(ii) of this act, the governing authorities shall adopt a resolution declaring the expansion of the district, setting forth the boundaries of the expanded district, stating the amount of the tax that will be imposed in the areas included in the expanded portion of the district, the date upon which the tax shall become effective in the areas included in the expanded portion of the district and calling for an election to be held on the question of expansion of the boundaries of the district. The state should lower taxes to relieve taxpayers.
SB 3123
Neutral
Clay County; authorize to expend up to $50,000.00 to assist ICS (Head Start) with the purchase of a school bus. Alive
Analysis: The Board of Supervisors of Clay County, Mississippi, is authorized and empowered, in its discretion, to expend an amount not to exceed $50,000 to assist the Institute of Community Services (ICS), also known as Head Start, with the purchase of a school bus.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed