Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

2020 Regular Session

Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 31
Good Policy
Mississippi Public Records Act; revise certain provisions of. Dead
Analysis: This bill requires the Mississippi Ethics Commission to intervene when a public official appeals an otherwise successful records request; and levies a fine on public employees that either wrongly deny a records request or overcharge for a records request. Both of these changes protect the legitimacy of the records request process by making it more difficult for the government or government officials to block a request.
HB 156
Not Rated
Trip optimizer system; exempt youth services counselors from. Dead
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HB 229
Good Policy
MS Accountability and Transparency Act; revise to include certain counties and municipalities. Alive
Analysis: This bill requires counties with a population of 80,000 or greater and municipalities with a population of 10,000 or greater to maintain an accountability and transparency website. This increases government transparency with the aim of reducing misuse of public funds and enhances the ability of the citizen to know how their tax dollars are being used.
HB 262
Bad Policy
E-verify program; transfer responsibility of administering to the Commission of Agriculture and Commerce. Dead
Analysis: This bill is a regulatory change transferring ownership of the E-verify program from the Department of Employment Security to the Department of Agriculture. The bigger issue is the E-verify program itself. It has been proven to be unreliable at its purpose, technical glitches can keep legal employees out of jobs, and it turns our state into a permission society, where we must receive government permission to work. The bill also included penalties for businesses whose E-verify reporting show inconsistencies. This unjustly transfers the responsibility of policing immigration from the state to Mississippi's businesses.
HB 266
Neutral
State contract price; authorize rural water associations to purchase commodities under. Alive
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HB 352
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; allow certain use of uniform, weapon, vehicle and equipment for disaster relief when off-duty. Dead
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HB 409
Not Rated
Boards and commissions created by state statute; prescribe how members of may be removed. Dead
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HB 417
Good Policy
State advertising; prohibit elected and appointed officers from publicly participating in. Dead
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HB 467
Good Policy
Law enforcement officers; allow off-duty use of official vehicles while performing certain volunteer services in off-duty hours. Alive
Analysis: The committee substitute for this bill allows off-duty law enforcement officers to use the official police vehicle, weapon, and uniform while performing volunteer services while off-duty.
HB 502
Not Rated
Contract lobbyists; prohibit agencies, governing authorities and universities and colleges from hiring with public funds. Dead
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HB 503
Not Rated
Contract lobbyists; prohibit agencies, universities and colleges from hiring with public funds. Dead
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HB 617
Not Rated
DHS; prohibit from directing funds to grantees or subgrantees without competitive selection through RFP process. Dead
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HB 640
Not Rated
Sexual Harassment Settlements; require counties, municipalities and state agencies to post on website. Dead
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HB 651
Not Rated
Appointed state officers; provide for the removal of for certain forms of willful neglect. Dead
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HB 709
Not Rated
Third-Grade Reading Assessment; prohibit use of score to determine promotion of students to fourth grade. Dead
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HB 710
Not Rated
State service employees; prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination of. Dead
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HB 749
Not Rated
State Auditor; authorize to examine tax returns necessary for auditing certain federal benefits. Dead
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HB 765
Not Rated
Mississippi Home Corporation Act; prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination from occurring in connection with. Dead
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HB 772
Neutral
Outdoor advertisement signs; revise height requirements for. Alive
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HB 788
Not Rated
Review Board for Officer-Involved Deaths; create. Dead
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HB 790
Not Rated
Officer-involved deaths; require investigation by Mississippi Bureau of Investigations. Dead
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HB 796
Not Rated
Open Meetings Law; authorize court to void certain actions taken in violation of. Dead
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HB 797
Not Rated
Open Meeting Law; revise reasons for executive sessions to include discussions by boards of trustees of public hospitals. Dead
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HB 847
Not Rated
Contractors; require to submit signed agreement acknowledging certain information when submitting a bid. Dead
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HB 848
Not Rated
State agency and governing authority contracts; require 30% of to be set-aside for certain businesses. Dead
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HB 856
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; regulate payment for nonexempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Dead
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HB 989
Good Policy
School district funding; provide for content of financial reports and prohibiting automatic budget increases for certain school districts. Dead
Analysis: This bill prohibits the granting of an automatic increase in tax levied to satisfy a school district's budget if that district is already funded at 100% of the state funding formula.
HB 1067
Not Rated
Transparency Mississippi website; revise to include certain information on officials, ethics, audits, contracts, lobbying, FOIA and taxes. Dead
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HB 1104
Good Policy
Occupational Licensing Review Commission; authorize to review certain existing occupational regulations to determine compliance with state policy. Alive
Analysis: Allows the OLRC to review regulations dating back to 2012. Ideally, we would like to give OLRC the authority to review ALL regulations, but this is a positive step.
HB 1121
Not Rated
Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission Law; bring forward. Dead
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HB 1168
Not Rated
Employees terminated from certain agencies, departments, institutions or nonprofits; prohibit from receiving other similar employment. Dead
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HB 1175
Neutral
Chancery court clerk fees; revise those charged for recording oil and gas assignments. Alive
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HB 1191
Neutral
Public Procurement Review Board; exempt certain contracts entered into by Attorney General's office from oversight of. Alive
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HB 1205
Not Rated
Retirement; PERS shall use initial employee handbook in determining credible service based on leave time for local employees. Dead
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HB 1246
Not Rated
Public construction; exempt projects for $50,000 or less than performance bond requirements. Dead
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HB 1260
Not Rated
Occupational Licensing Review Commission; authorize to review existing occupational regulation to ensure compliance with state policy. Dead
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HB 1333
Not Rated
Fresh Start Act; revise to exempt Board on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Training and MS Fire Personnel Minimum Standards and Certification Board. Dead
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HB 1343
Neutral
Institutions of higher learning; require to ensure commercially reasonable procurement practices when purchasing aircraft equipment and services. Alive
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HB 1400
Not Rated
Partisan primary elections; abolish and establish open primary elections. Dead
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HB 1408
Not Rated
Transparency and accountability; establish additional reporting requirements with regard to seized property. Dead
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HB 1422
Good Policy
Regulatory Reduction Pilot Program; create. Alive
Analysis: Pilot regulatory reduction program that will require the Mississippi Departments of Health, Transportation, Agriculture and Commerce, and Information Technology Services to review all of their regulations and reduce their regulations by 30% by the end of 2022.
HB 1433
Not Rated
State Auditor; increase fee to be charged by for performing audits and other services. Dead
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HB 1438
Good Policy
Individual bond; require for public officers and employees handling or having the custody of public funds. Alive
Analysis: This bill requires a minimum bond amount of $25,000 for public officials and employees. These bonds serve as insurance for the state in the event of corruption on the part of these officials or employees. These bonds will protect the tax payer from the possible misuse of funds by these officials.
HB 1488
Not Rated
Chancery Clerk fee; reduce for recording each oil and gas assignment per assignee per each book and page listed. Dead
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HB 1540
Good Policy
Administrative procedures; prohibit state agencies from adopting rule that contradicts a provision of law. Dead
Analysis: This bill states that state agencies are explicitly unauthorized to adopt any rule or regulation the contradicts a state law. The broad authority often assigned to state agencies and executive departments often exceeds what is allowed under the law. This bill firmly states that state agencies are to conduct all business within the bounds of the law created by our elected representatives.
HB 1552
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; allow off-duty use of official vehicles under certain circumstances. Dead
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HB 1562
Not Rated
Open Meetings Act; revise to require that minutes kept shall be posted on public body's website within certain time after the meeting. Dead
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SB 2006
Not Rated
Depositories; revise bid process for selection by counties and municipalities. Alive
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SB 2053
Not Rated
Governmental entities; prohibit public funding of advertising lobbying activities and certain conventions. Alive
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SB 2131
Good Policy
Secretary of State's official seal; include the phrase 'In God We Trust' at the bottom. Alive
Analysis: This bill adds our nation's motto "In God We Trust" to the official seal of the state's Secretary of State. This will serve as a reminder of our state's, nation's and people's special relationship with God. Our nation was founded upon the belief that God has ordained us with the natural rights that are the foundation of our cherished liberty. The seal of the Secretary of State only stands to gain by having the reaffirmation of our trust in God affixed to it.
SB 2204
Bad Policy
Local government police vehicles; allow off-duty use under certain circumstances. Alive
Analysis: This bill authorizes off-duty police officers to utilize their government police vehicles when operating as private security while off-duty. Law enforcement officers are of course free to work as private security officers in an off-duty capacity during their free time. However, they are not entitled to public resources while operating independently from doing government work. While employed in a private setting, law enforcement officers are being compensated by that private entity and are not working for the public at that moment. Police vehicles are public property and should only be used by public officials performing public duties, anything else is a misuse of public moneys and resources. It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to foot the bill for police officer's transportation while he/she is off-duty and engaged in private employment.
SB 2213
Not Rated
Counties; require entry of recommended year-end accounting adjustments. Alive
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SB 2364
Not Rated
State Auditor; increase fee which may be charged for performing audits and other services. Alive
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SB 2366
Not Rated
Tax assessors; revise type of educational recognition certificate necessary to receive annual salary supplement. Alive
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SB 2372
Not Rated
Amusement rides; provide requirements for an application to operate amusement rides and inspection requirements. Alive
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SB 2515
Good Policy
Public officers and employees; require surety bond in a certain amount for officers and employees who handle public funds. Alive
Analysis: This bill requires a minimum bond amount of $25,000 for public officials and employees. These bonds serve as insurance for the state in the event of corruption on the part of these officials or employees. These bonds will protect the tax payer from the possible misuse of funds by these officials.
SB 2595
Not Rated
Governmental entities; may not prohibit wearing of traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at public events. Alive
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SB 2603
Not Rated
State Personnel Board; exempt personnel actions of the Attorney General's office from. Alive
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SB 2605
Not Rated
Regulatory reduction program for Commission on Environmental Quality; provide pilot program. Alive
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SB 2790
Not Rated
Occupational Licensing Review Commission; authorize active supervision over existing occupational regulations. Alive
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SB 2795
Not Rated
State Personnel Board procedures; exempt the Mississippi Development Authority for a period of 1 year. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed