Ports and Marine Resources

2019 Regular Session

Ports and Marine Resources

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
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 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 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 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 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 1411
Bad Policy
Pat Harrison Waterway District; authorize additional counties to join. Dead
Analysis: This bill expands the power of the Pat Harrison Waterway District over the residents of any county that decides to join the district. Expansion leaves concerns for property rights in regard to eminent domain and condemnation of private property.
SB 2281
Not Rated
Public trust tidelands; provide a procedure for the removal of submerged logs from. Dead
Analysis:
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 2592
Not Rated
Pat Harrison Waterway District; allow certain counties to join. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2740
Not Rated
Tidelands; require a lease for commercial harvesting of submerged logs. Dead
Analysis:
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.
SB 2933
Not Rated
Department of Marine Resources; revise duties of enforcement officers and the appointment process of reserve unit. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2934
Not Rated
Coastal Wetlands Protection Act; monies collected under the act shall be deposited into the Coastal Preserves Account. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2935
Not Rated
Commission on Marine Resources; authorize to revoke a license for unpaid fines. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2936
Not Rated
Department of Marine Resources; establish licensing and fees for vessels used in off-bottom oyster aquaculture. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2937
Not Rated
Commission on Marine Resources; clarify authority to revoke permits and endorsements issued under regulatory programs. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2938
Not Rated
Department of Marine Resources; authorize unmarked vehicles for law enforcement activities. Dead
Analysis:
SN 13
Neutral
Natalie Guess, Diamondhead, Mississippi, Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources, term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2022. Alive
Analysis:
SN 60
Neutral
Dr. Joseph Read Hendon, Ph.D., Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Gulf States Marine Commission as the Mississippi citizen representative, term beginning March 11, 2019 and ending January 9, 2021. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed