Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

2020 Regular Session

Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 450
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.
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 1577
Neutral
Hunter safety course; authorize school districts to offer as part of their curriculum. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2002
Bad Policy
Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act; enact. Dead
Analysis: This bill seeks to eliminate the illegal trafficking or sale of 9 distinct animal species. However, the bill gives broad oversight to a state commission to implement a host of legal rules based on little to no evidence of wrongdoing; and includes a “presumption of intent” for wrongdoing. The State Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is not a judicial body and should not be in the business of “presuming” wrongdoing, especially under the loose parameters outlined in this legislation.
SB 2003
Not Rated
Wildlife; require the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to identify existing and needed wildlife corridors. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2152
Not Rated
Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; set term of office. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2185
Not Rated
Sales tax; authorize diversion of proceeds from state parks to special fund created for parks repair and renovation. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2219
Not Rated
Hunting on streets and railroads; clarify prohibition on. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2221
Not Rated
Wild hogs; require metallic tags to be affixed to the ear of one that is being transported. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2275
Not Rated
Wildlife; clarify that a conservation officer must have probable cause to conduct a search without a warrant. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2276
Not Rated
Deer depredation permits; revise requirements and require deer harvested to be tested for chronic wasting disease. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2313
Not Rated
Hunting; prohibit use of certain scents and the supplemental feeding of deer outside registered enclosures. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2314
Neutral
State parks; change name of Natchez State Park to 'Bob M. Dearing Natchez State Park.' Alive
Analysis:
SB 2717
Good Policy
Wildlife management areas; allow operation of electric bicycles on roads prescribed by the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Alive
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 2718
Not Rated
Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; require additional regulation of freshwater fishing guides. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2719
Not Rated
Commission on Wildlife; authorize to contract with private entities to conduct activities that would generate revenue. Dead
Analysis:
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
Not Rated
Wild hogs; clarify designation of Class I violation for transportation of, and eliminate permits. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2734
Not Rated
Water skiing; revise safety requirements. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed