Marine Resources

2019 Regular Session

Marine Resources

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 97
Not Rated
Spotted seatrout; set open season for taking by net. Dead
Analysis:
HB 98
Neutral
Haul seine net; prohibit use of for taking of certain fish within one-half mile of the shoreline of Cat Island. Dead
Analysis: This bill adds Haul Seine Nets to a list of nets prohibited from use for fishing within 1/2 mile of shore.
HB 536
Neutral
Artificial reefs; prohibit the publication of location data associated with. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1257
Not Rated
Department of Marine Resources; exempt certain information related to license holders from Mississippi Public Records Act. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1258
Neutral
Department of Marine Resources Enforcement Officers' Reserve Unit; revise provisions regulating. Dead
Analysis: This bill changes the language to say that the Marine Resources Enforcement Officers Reserve Unit may serve without pay instead of stating that they will serve without pay. If pay is an issue for retention, the state should seek to decrease taxes and regulations driving up costs, not add additional expenditures to tax payers.
HB 1259
Not Rated
Commission on Marine Resources; authorize to revoke license for unpaid fines. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1260
Not Rated
Commission on Marine Resources; clarify authority to revoke permits and endorsements issued under regulatory programs. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1261
Not Rated
Commission on Marine Resources; increase oyster shell retention fee collected by. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1262
Neutral
Commission on Marine Resources; authorize to re-designate natural/public reefs under certain circumstances. Dead
Analysis: This bill expands the power of the Commission on Marine Resources to re-designate natural/public reefs and establish a regulatory program for the purpose of private leases. The legislative power should stay with the legislature and all regulations should be voted on in the legislature.
HB 1263
Not Rated
Commission on Marine Resources; revise regulatory authority of and exempt location of artificial reefs from the Public Records Act. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1264
Neutral
Department of Marine Resources; authorize unmarked vehicle for law enforcement activities in certain situations. Dead
Analysis: This bill allows for the Department of Revenue and the Department of Marine Resources to apply to the governor for the use of unmarked vehicles if it will hinder an official investigation.
HB 1265
Not Rated
Coastal Wetlands Protection Act; provide that monies collected under shall be deposited into the Coastal Preserve Account. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1266
Not Rated
Public Trust Tidelands Fund; authorize the Department of Marine Resources to carry over spending authority into next fiscal year if certain conditions are met. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1269
Good Policy
Commission on Marine Resources; establish licensing and fees for vessels used in off-bottom oyster aquaculture. Alive
Analysis: This bill expands oyster harvesting to include off bottom oyster aquaculture with the same fees as currently exist for instate and out of state operators.
HB 1551
Bad Policy
Operation of vessel in reckless or negligent manner; include wakeboarding restrictions. Dead
Analysis: This bill intends to protect private and public property from wake by creating a crime out of causing wake while operating a boat within certain distances. Any action that causes damage to property should already be a crime.
SB 2285
Bad Policy
Department of Marine Resources; increase oyster shell retention fees. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases a tax fee. The State should seek to reduce costly taxes and regulations.
SB 2783
Good Policy
Commission on Marine Resources; authorize to re-designate natural/public reefs and establish program for private leases. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to allow the state to designate natural/public reefs available for private lease. This will expand economic activity for oyster harvesting.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed