Municipalities

2020 Regular Session

Municipalities

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 273
Good Policy
Municipal judges; authorize to hold court outside municipal boundaries that is more than within a one-mile radius of municipality to accept pleas. Alive
Analysis: This bill allows judges to hold court at locations outside of their municipalities for the purpose of accepting pleas.
HB 282
Good Policy
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; allow municipalities to authorize operation on municipal streets. Dead
Analysis: This bill authorizes local municipalities to be the sole deciders on road permits for Golf carts and low-speed vehicles in their jurisdiction. Decentralization of authority on trivial matters such as permits for golf carts and other low-speed vehicles is prudent as local government is typically more equipped to handle these local issues.
HB 353
Bad Policy
Persons who violate final orders, resolutions or ordinances of local government; require to pay attorney fees to enforce orders, resolutions/ordinances. Alive
Analysis: This bill stipulates that if a local government must file a civil action to enforce an order, resolution or ordinance that the person in violation of the order must pay all court costs and attorney fees. The responsibility of enforcing ordinances belongs to the government body enforcing them. This bill passes the responsibility of law enforcement from the government to the citizens by wrongly asking them to further subsidize their own prosecution.
HB 444
Neutral
Municipal menaced property; make certain clarifying revisions regarding. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2065
Not Rated
Municipalities; establish expedited procedure to acquire and clear title on abandoned heir property. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2081
Not Rated
Municipally owned waterworks; prohibit from charging higher rates to certain customers in another municipality. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2114
Good Policy
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; authorize municipalities to permit operation on municipal streets. Dead
Analysis: This bill authorizes local municipalities to be the sole deciders on road permits for Golf carts and low-speed vehicles in their jurisdiction. Decentralization of authority on trivial matters such as permits for golf carts and other low-speed vehicles is prudent as local government is typically more equipped to handle their own local issues.
SB 2189
Not Rated
Vaping; prohibit possession of alternative nicotine products by those under 18. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2196
Good Policy
Local governmental entities; prohibit from requiring a license for certain businesses operated by a minor. Dead
Analysis: This bill prohibits any local government from requiring licenses or permits from small, temporary businesses run by minors. Heavy-handed government regulations exist on nearly all businesses in the state, this bill would exempt narrowly-focused entrepreneurial activities run by minors, such as lemonade stands, from these regulations.
SB 2200
Good Policy
Light wine and beer; authorize election in certain county seats to legalize the sale of light wine and beer. Dead
Analysis: This bill authorizes any city that is a county seat to hold an election on legalizing light wine and beer in the city. This is a step in the right direction, however, the decision to purchase or consume alcohol should be made by the individual, not the state.
SB 2266
Neutral
Municipal courts; authorize to hold court at municipal detention facilities. Dead
Analysis: This bill authorizes municipal judges to hold court at the designated detention center of that municipality.
SB 2305
Not Rated
Ad valorem taxes; consider annexed business 'new enterprise' for purposes of eligibility for certain municipal tax exemptions. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2375
Not Rated
Garbage collection liens; expire after seven years. Dead
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SB 2411
Not Rated
Zoning-enforcement actions; authorize recovery of attorney's fees and costs by local authorities. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2421
Not Rated
Municipalities; establish expedited procedure to acquire and clear title on tax-forfeited lands. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2529
Not Rated
Municipal annexation; require an election be held in the proposed annexed territory. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2537
Not Rated
Local governments; prohibit from imposing penalties or fines on security companies when false security alarm occurs. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2538
Not Rated
County-owned and municipality-owned animal shelters; require to spay or neuter cats and dogs. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2583
Neutral
2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund; clarify provision relating to City of Guntown. Alive
Analysis: This bill authorizes more allowable uses for funds from the 2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund in the city of Guntown. This does not amount to an increase in funding, only a change in what the funding is authorized to be used for in the city,
SB 2701
Not Rated
Standup electric scooters; authorize local governing authorities to regulate. Dead
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SB 2708
Not Rated
Municipal officials; provide mandatory education and training requirements. Dead
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SB 2837
Not Rated
Parking and business improvement areas; allow certain counties to establish. Dead
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SB 2845
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; allow governing authorities of a certain municipality to designate property as qualified resort area. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2846
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; allow municipalities that have established qualified resort areas to permit sale of. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2855
Not Rated
Buffer zone free speech preemption for municipalities; authorize. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2856
Neutral
Municipalities; allow certain to establish overdue water/sewer bill programs. Alive
Analysis: Relates exclusively to Jackson. Designed to help the city with water/ sewer accounts.
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed