Universities and Colleges

2020 Regular Session

Universities and Colleges

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 90
Neutral
Community or junior colleges; authorize to administer construction contracts of $1,000,000.00 or less, and exempt certain oversight. Alive
Analysis:
HB 158
Bad Policy
The Sexual Assault Response For College Students Act; create. Alive
Analysis: This bill creates a universal policy for all colleges and universities in the state regarding sexual assault prevention and response. It provides the institutions of higher learning with broad authorities and responsibilities including the authority to adjudicate alleged incidents regarding sexual crimes. While the goal of this bill is worthy, it saddles our institutions of higher learning with unfunded mandates and raises concerns about the protection of due process with in-house adjudication of these incidents.
HB 274
Neutral
HELP Grant Program; align curriculum with changes for college preparatory as required by IHL. Alive
Analysis: This bill removes the stipulation that a student's required high school coursework for acceptance into the HELP grant program include specific coursework. This lessens the requirement from having completed specific coursework to having simply completed enough coursework to graduate from high school.
HB 341
Bad Policy
Career and technical education programs; require SBE and MCCB to collaborate for administration of. Alive
Analysis: This bill spends more taxpayer dollars on the creation of the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant Program. This program sets up awards in the amount of $1,000 for every school district that has a student earn an industry certification. It also increases the amount that each public school receives as a grant for every student involved in technical education from $800 to $1,000. Although technical education is a worthy cause, this bill authorizes additional expenditures towards these programs that are unnecessary.
HB 378
Neutral
Community colleges; authorize boards of trustees to approve certain policies permitting out-of-state tuition waivers. Alive
Analysis: This bill makes it easier for community colleges to waive out-of-state tuition, requiring board approval.
HB 755
Neutral
Community colleges; authorize boards of trustees to waive out-of-state tuition to certain students upon agreement to remain in the state. Alive
Analysis: Gives community colleges the ability to waive out-of-state tuition costs. However, if a students accepts this agreement, they must remain in the state for 2 years upon completion or they will be required to pay back waived tuition plus interest.
HB 870
Neutral
IHL Board of Trustees; require appointments to be made by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House. Alive
Analysis: This bill gives the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor the power to make IHL appointments in addition to the governor.
HB 1091
Bad Policy
Mississippi Educational Talent Recruitment Act; create. Alive
Analysis: This bill creates a massive government expenditure aimed at incentivizing college graduates to work and live in Mississippi. The entire expenditure, equal to at least a 50% rebate (100% in some cases) on 5 years worth of state income taxes for every eligible Mississippian, however, is funded by borrowed money in the form of bonds. Under this program college graduates who agree to work and live in Mississippi for 5 years after graduation are promised either a 50% or full rebate on their state income taxes for those 5 years after their 5 year obligation. At first glance this appears to be a massive tax decrease but in reality the state of Mississippi is funding the entire program through the sale of bonds that do not spend existing state money but add to the state's already mounting debt. This bill is grossly irresponsible financially and will only serve to further saddle Mississippians young and old with piles of debt.
HB 1106
Neutral
Community college board of trustees; provide for the selection of for Hinds Community College District. Alive
Analysis:
HB 1200
Good Policy
'Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act'; establish. Alive
Analysis: This is campus free speech legislation to expressly permit all forms of peaceful assembly, protests, speeches and guest speakers, distribution of literature, carrying signs, and circulating petitions.
HB 1343
Neutral
Institutions of higher learning; require to ensure commercially reasonable procurement practices when purchasing aircraft equipment and services. Alive
Analysis:
HB 1480
Good Policy
Community or junior college; require to include source of funds used to advertise certain workforce development courses and training. Alive
Analysis: Community college must disclose source of funding for a workforce development courses and training.
HB 1542
Neutral
IHL; authorize to enter into services agreements for certain repairs, maintenance and capitol improvements of a university utility system. Alive
Analysis: This bill authorizes the IHL to enter into a service agreement for repairs, maintenance and improvements to the University of Southern Mississippi.
HB 1571
Neutral
IHL Board; revise authority to choose institution executive heads. Alive
Analysis: This bill revises the selection process for heads of institutions of higher learning. It requires a seven member search committee be made consisting of members appointed by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House and the IHL, 6 of whom must be alumni of the university in question.
HC 31
Neutral
Constitution; amend to require appointments to the IHL Board to be made by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House. Alive
Analysis:
HC 51
Neutral
Constitution; amend to revise the authority of IHL Board to choose university presidents. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2026
Not Rated
IHL; must allocate funding for nonresident students to student financial aid programs. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2050
Good Policy
Protection of free speech and association at public universities; withhold state funds for unconstitutional policy. Dead
Analysis: This would ensure the right to free speech and free expression on college campuses in Mississippi.
SB 2240
Good Policy
Athletics; enact the 'Mississippi Fairness Act.' Dead
Analysis: This bill requires that all collegiate and high school Mississippi sports teams must be explicitly labeled as either for men or for women on the basis of biological sex. It also provides a number of legal protections for those who have certain rights denied in the process of a violation of this act, such as: a right to bodily privacy, a right to fair athletic opportunity, and a right to report violations of this act without adverse consequences. This bill protects women by barring biological men from participating in and ruining the legitimacy of women’s sports.
SB 2356
Not Rated
Mississippi Fair Pay to Play Act; authorize student-athletes to be paid for the use of their names, images or likenesses. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2357
Not Rated
Community colleges; to establish national credential or certification incentives for Mississippi students. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2358
Not Rated
Community/Junior College Grant Program; establish to provide financial aid to community/junior college students. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2359
Not Rated
Community colleges; board of trustees approve policies for out-of-state tuition waiver. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2360
Not Rated
Universities; enact the Forming Open and Robust University Minds Act. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2387
Not Rated
'Mississippi Targeted Student Loan Forgiveness Act'; create program under IHL Board of Trustees. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2577
Not Rated
Universities; prohibit IHL from denying student organization benefits based on expression of the organization. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2824
Not Rated
Higher Education Legislative Plan; align core curriculum with the required IHL College Preparatory Curriculum. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2825
Not Rated
Hinds Community College District Board of Trustees; provide for selection of. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2869
Not Rated
University of Southern Mississippi; trustees may enter into services agreement for operation, repairs and maintenance. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2870
Not Rated
University of Southern Mississippi; trustees may enter into services agreement for operation, repairs and maintenance. Dead
Analysis:
SN 22
Not Rated
Donnie Norris Caughman, Braxton, Mississippi, Mississippi Community College Board as a representative of the Fourth Congressional District as it existed in 1986, six year term beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2026. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed