Public Utilities

2019 Regular Session

Public Utilities

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 170
Not Rated
Rural broadband initiative; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 220
Not Rated
Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; add 'political calls' as prohibited under the act. Dead
Analysis:
HB 254
Not Rated
Bonds; create rural counties and municipalities cellular and broadband grant program and authorize issuance of bonds. Dead
Analysis:
HB 366
Bad Policy
Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act; create. Alive
Analysis: Under Miss. law, electric power associations (EPAs) are defined as "nonprofit corporations" with the mission of making "electric energy available at the lowest cost consistent with sound economy and prudent management of the business of such corporations." This bill is inconsistent with that model insofar as EPAs do not have expertise in providing broadband and are pursuing a business model heavily dependent upon federal subsidies. It seems inevitable that this plan will open the door for a ratepayer and state taxpayer bailout.
HB 607
Not Rated
Emergency phone service and enhanced wireless emergency phone service; bring forward sections for possible amendment. Dead
Analysis:
HB 619
Not Rated
Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 747
Not Rated
Municipal public utilities commission; may be abolished by a majority vote of elector voting in a special election. Dead
Analysis:
HB 763
Bad Policy
Spoofing; provide that violation of is a violation of MS Telephone Solicitation Act. Dead
Analysis: This bill creates a violation which allows the Mississippi Public Services Commission to issue fines without affording the accused due process.
HB 774
Not Rated
Municipal public utilities commission; may be abolished by a majority vote of electors voting in a special election. Dead
Analysis:
HB 806
Bad Policy
MS Gulf Coast Region Utility Board; extend repealers on. Dead
Analysis: This undermines the conservative principles of limited government and free enterprise by extending a repealer on a regulatory board for water utilities.
HB 854
Not Rated
MS Telephone Solicitation Act; delete exceptions to. Dead
Analysis:
HB 897
Not Rated
Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 919
Not Rated
Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 926
Not Rated
Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act; create. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1035
Not Rated
Electric power associations; authorize secondary purpose of providing broadband services. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1045
Bad Policy
Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; increase maximum civil penalties for violations of. Dead
Analysis: This bill doubles the penalties for telemarketing cold calls without affording due process to the accused.
HB 1190
Not Rated
E911; revise laws regarding CMRS Board and collecting of charges for. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1306
Not Rated
Electric Power Association Law; bring forward entirely and amend election provisions of. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1312
Not Rated
Broadband services; authorize electric power cooperatives to provide for. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1319
Not Rated
Statewide emergency network; require Department of Health to create to enhance communications with hospitals in times of disaster. 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 1454
Not Rated
Natural gas public utilities; require to provide PSC with periodic budgeting and accounting statements. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2687
Bad Policy
MS Gulf Coast Region Utility Board; extend repealer on. Alive
Analysis: This undermines the conservative principles of limited government and free enterprise by extending a repealer on a regulatory board for water utilities. The state should reduce regulations to encourage business and infrastructure development.
SB 2744
Good Policy
Caller ID Anti-Spoofing Act; conform to federal law and revise penalties. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to eliminate spoofing whereby someone causes a caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate phone numbers to a subscriber.
SB 2821
Neutral
Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; revise to include text messages and solicitations for charitable contributions. Alive
Analysis: This bill seeks to exempt those who seek charity from needing to purchase the “no-calls” database from the Mississippi Public Service Commission or the entity under contract with the commission. The bill further raises the penalty from $5,000 to $10,000. "Consumer," is also redefined to include the receipt of a text message from a telephone solicitor.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed