Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

2020 Regular Session

Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 438
Not Rated
State park fee; authorized MDWFP to provide discount to senior citizens age 65 and older. Dead
Analysis:
HB 450
Bad Policy
Chronic wasting disease; require testing of white-tailed deer harvested in enclosures, and designate Class I and II violations. Dead
Analysis: This bill requires that all who have white-tailed deer in any type of enclosure test those deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It goes even further to say that Wildlife Personnel have the authority to forcibly enter the enclosure and any other within 5 miles and use lethal collection methods to further test deer for CWD. While the intention here is good, the health of an enclosure of deer is not a legitimate basis to invade the property rights of Mississippians by forcibly entering their property.
HB 622
Not Rated
Hunting regulation changes; require Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to provide notice. Dead
Analysis:
HB 885
Not Rated
Air guns; authorize use for big game during primitive weapon seasons and firearm seasons. Dead
Analysis:
HB 887
Good Policy
Commission on Wildlife; authorize to contract with private entities to conduct certain revenue generating activities. Dead
Analysis:
HB 955
Bad Policy
Hunting or fishing; provide that possession of certain items is prima facie evidence that a person is. Dead
Analysis: This bill expands the possible uses of prima facie evidence. This is evidence that does not prove wrongdoing but simply suggests it. This holds law enforcement to an incredibly low standard and allows them to act without sufficient evidence to assume wrongdoing.
HB 1095
Bad Policy
Hunting license; require to be suspended if determined that death or injury occurred because of negligence. Alive
Analysis: This bill requires the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to suspend someone's hunting license if it is deemed that a serious injury or death occurred because of that person's negligent use of the license. As we already have a court system that is in the practice of adjudicating who is and is not responsible for any serous injury or death, this bill is unnecessary. This bill is giving to the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks a power that should be reserved to the judiciary. Executive agencies should not be in the business of assigning liability to citizens and handing down punishments without a ruling from a court.
HB 1309
Good Policy
Air bow; authorize use during certain open seasons for individuals exempt from hunting license requirement by reason of disability. Alive
Analysis: This bill authorizes those affected by a disability to hunt with air bows during any open season.
HB 1539
Not Rated
Harvest reporting program; require the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to create for white-tailed deer and wild turkey. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1560
Not Rated
Hunting deer with dogs; prohibit in any county included in a chronic wasting disease management zone. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1577
Neutral
Hunter safety course; authorize school districts to offer as part of their curriculum. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2314
Neutral
State parks; change name of Natchez State Park to 'Bob M. Dearing Natchez State Park.' Dead
Analysis:
SB 2717
Good Policy
Wildlife management areas; allow operation of electric bicycles on roads prescribed by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Dead
Analysis: This bill has been amended to provide that the operation of electric bicycles will be allowed in areas under the jurisdiction of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks regardless of age. This promotes the basic liberties of citizens.
SB 2722
Bad Policy
Chronic wasting disease; require testing of white-tailed deer harvested in enclosures, and designate Class I and II violations. Alive
Analysis: This bill requires that all who have white-tailed deer in any type of enclosure test those deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). It goes even further to say that Wildlife Personnel have the authority to forcibly enter the enclosure and any other within 5 miles and use lethal collection methods to further test deer for CWD. While the intention here is good, the health of an enclosure of deer is not a legitimate basis to invade the property rights of Mississippians by forcibly entering their property.
SB 2723
Neutral
Commission on WFP; allow to extend open seasons ending Friday until 30 minutes after sunset on Sunday. Alive
Analysis: This bill grants the Commission on Wildlife the authority to extend deer hunting season to 30 minutes past sundown on the following Sunday when the regular season ends on a Friday.
SB 2727
Bad Policy
Wild hogs; clarify designation of Class I violation for transportation of, and eliminate permits. Dead
Analysis: Under current state law the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is authorized to grant permits that allow the otherwise illegal transportation of wild swine. This bill removes that authority of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, eliminating any possible exemption from the stipulation that wild swine are not to be transported in Mississippi. The exemption that currently exists in state law that would be struck down by this bill allows the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to make exceptions for those who are transporting these swine for slaughter and other similar purposes. Without this provision, those who may have a reasonable need to transport these animals have no legal recourse to do so.
SB 2734
Not Rated
Water skiing; revise safety requirements. Dead
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed