Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

2021 Regular Session

Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 11
Not Rated
County annual budget; require to be published on county's official website. Dead
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HB 40
Not Rated
Purchase of automatic weapon; place certain restrictions on. Dead
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HB 44
Not Rated
Mississippi Affordable Housing Opportunity Fund; establish and authorize Mississippi Home Corporation to administer. Dead
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HB 45
Not Rated
Mississippi Commission on Wage Review; create. Dead
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HB 62
Not Rated
State agencies; prohibit disclosure of identifying information received from program applicants. Dead
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HB 64
Not Rated
Employees terminated from certain agencies, departments, institutions or nonprofits; prohibit from receiving similar employment. Dead
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HB 88
Not Rated
Contract lobbyists; prohibit agencies, governing authorities and universities and colleges from hiring with public funds. Dead
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HB 92
Not Rated
Police officers; require to maintain liability insurance with base rate paid by employer. Dead
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HB 100
Neutral
MS Telephone Solicitation Act; extend repealer on requirement that fees be deposited into State General Fund. Alive
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HB 123
Not Rated
State advertising; prohibit elected and appointed officers from publicly participating in. Dead
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HB 134
Not Rated
Sexual Harassment Settlements; require counties, municipalities and state agencies to post on website. Dead
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HB 136
Not Rated
Individual bond; require for public officers and employees handling or having the custody of public funds. Alive
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HB 168
Not Rated
School districts; provide strategy to promote holistic educational efficiency and opportunities for all students. Dead
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HB 173
Not Rated
Voting registration; require by anyone who receives public assistance benefits. Dead
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HB 179
Not Rated
Open Meetings Law; authorize court to void certain actions taken in violation of. Dead
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HB 180
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 218
Not Rated
Solid waste; require landlords to deliver items too large for garbage containers to disposal facility. Dead
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HB 219
Not Rated
Local governments; prohibit from imposing penalties or fines on security companies when false security alarm occurs. Dead
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HB 220
Not Rated
Gas prices on signs and gas pumps; regulate when a difference exists. Dead
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HB 272
Not Rated
MS Accountability and Transparency Act; revise to include certain counties and municipalities. Dead
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HB 273
Not Rated
Lobbying; revise definition of. Dead
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HB 274
Bad Policy
Law enforcement officers; allow certain use of uniform, weapon, vehicle and equipment for disaster relief when off-duty. Dead
Analysis: This bill reduces government efficiency and could potentially lead to increased government spending. County and municipal law enforcement resources should be used for county and municipal law enforcement. Additional use outside of the confines of the specific purpose for which that specific taxpayer money was collected and spent is improper and a misappropriation of resources. This bill is in direct contradiction with other state statutes which forbid this type of reallocation of resources.
HB 275
Not Rated
Public employees; exempt from bad check fees caused by error in direct deposit made by their employer or retirement system. Dead
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HB 339
Not Rated
State employees; provide for 3% increase in compensation for each of the next 4 fiscal years. Dead
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HB 357
Neutral
Bonding requirement for county purchase clerk; increase. Alive
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HB 358
Neutral
Bonding requirement for school purchasing agents; increase. Dead
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HB 453
Bad Policy
Law enforcement officers; allow off-duty use of official vehicles while performing certain volunteer services in off-duty hours. Dead
Analysis: This bill indirectly increases government spending. Specifically, this bill allows taxpayer purchased law enforcement vehicles to be used for volunteer services by off-duty law enforcement. Utilization of law enforcement vehicles for off-duty activities contributes to depreciation and increases the likelihood of mechanical problems. Law enforcement vehicles are purchased with taxpayer money for a specific purpose. Donating the use of taxpayer purchased law enforcement vehicles is not sound fiscal policy and falls outside of the proper role of government.
HB 467
Not Rated
Officer-involved deaths; require investigation by Mississippi Bureau of Investigations. Dead
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HB 595
Good Policy
Appointed state officers; provide for the removal of for certain forms of willful neglect. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability by providing an additional avenue to remove inept appointed state officials. This bill increases government efficiency by providing an additional avenue to remove inept appointed state officials. Government should work to remove all public servants who fail to fulfill their duties as they are a drain on public resources.
HB 609
Not Rated
Public purchasing law; exempt procurement of certain aircraft by state institutions of higher learning from. Dead
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HB 625
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers' sidearms; clarify retention of. Dead
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HB 660
Not Rated
State agencies; eliminate requirement to prepare and publish annual reports. Dead
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HB 663
Not Rated
Regulatory Reduction Pilot Program; create. Dead
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HB 673
Not Rated
State agency and governing authority contracts; require 30% of to be set-aside for certain businesses. Dead
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HB 712
Not Rated
State employees; provide for across-the-board increase in annual compensation for those with annual salary under $30,000.00. Dead
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HB 717
Not Rated
Contractors; require to submit signed agreement acknowledging certain information when submitting a bid. Dead
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HB 718
Good Policy
Campaign finance reports; require those filed by all candidates to be available online. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability and transparency. This bill prescribes specific timeframes for transfer of information from one level of government to another as it pertains to campaign finance reports. This bill also extends the amount of time campaign finance reports must be kept on file and requires a full online database be maintained by the Secretary of State.
HB 723
Not Rated
Partisan primary elections; abolish and establish open primary elections. Dead
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HB 787
Not Rated
Contract lobbyists; prohibit agencies, universities and colleges from hiring with public funds. Dead
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HB 806
Not Rated
Mississippi Civil Rights Act; create. Dead
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HB 807
Not Rated
State service employees; prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination of. Dead
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HB 808
Not Rated
Mississippi Home Corporation Act; prohibit sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination under. Dead
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HB 811
Not Rated
Salary increases for legislators; make effective for term of office after term in which salary is increased. Dead
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HB 813
Not Rated
Timber bridges; require use of for new construction and replacement on certain county and secondary roads. Dead
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HB 814
Neutral
Public Procurement Review Board; exempt certain contracts entered into by Attorney General's office from oversight of. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency in regards to the specific work of the Attorney General's office in which expert input and/or testimony is necessary. While the work of the Public Procurement Review Board helps to ensure transparency and attempts to decrease spending to the extent it is able, public requisitioning of expertise in a particular field in cases of litigation is not proper.
HB 894
Not Rated
Secretary of State; require to resign from office before qualifying as candidate for other elected office. Dead
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HB 999
Not Rated
Agencies; require to provide monthly report of expenditures of state and federal public funds. Dead
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HB 1056
Not Rated
Individual bond; require for public officers and employees handling or having the custody of public funds. Dead
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HB 1067
Not Rated
Foreign Company Accountability Act; create. Dead
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HB 1103
Not Rated
Review Board for Officer-Involved Deaths; create. Dead
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HB 1199
Not Rated
Commission on Status of Women; require that all vacancies be filled and meeting held by July 1, 2021. Dead
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HB 1212
Not Rated
Governor; if appointments to offices not timely reported to Senate, Lt. Governor has authority to make the appointments. Dead
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HB 1213
Good Policy
State Personnel Board; require exempted agencies' reports to include quantifiable data and to be sent to SPB, PEER and LBO. Alive
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability and transparency and could potentially reduce government spending. This bill adds the requirement of quantifiable data to the contents of reports produced by exempted agencies and adds the Joint Legislative Budget Office and PEER to the list of required recipients of such reports.
HB 1217
Not Rated
'Ban-the-Box Act'; create to prohibit public employers from using criminal history as a bar to employment. Dead
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HB 1237
Not Rated
PEER committee; require to review the operations of Child Protection Services. Dead
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HB 1242
Not Rated
Online voter registration; authorize for first-time registrants. Dead
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HB 1246
Not Rated
Capitol Complex Improvement District; authorize demolition of slum and blighted properties located within. Dead
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HB 1252
Good Policy
Public Service Commission; provide certain requirements regarding public proceedings and information. Dead
Analysis: This bill increases government transparency and accountability by requiring webcasts and archives of webcasts of Public Service Commission meetings and that all proceedings be transcribed. This bill could also potentially lead to increased government efficiency and reduction of unnecessary restrictions and regulations as the Public Service Commissioners will most certainly be more cognizant in their actions knowing that all meetings will be transcribed and archived.
HB 1279
Not Rated
Cosmetology licensure laws; increase education requirement for nail technicians and require CE in sanitation. Dead
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HB 1281
Not Rated
MS Accountability and Transparency Act; revise to include certain counties and municipalities. Dead
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HB 1312
Neutral
State Board of Cosmetology; extend repealer on. Alive
Analysis: This bill expands the scope of government authority. This bill not only extends the life of a board that interferes in Mississippians' participation in the free market both as consumers and suppliers, causing undue burdens on individuals in our state attempting to positively contribute to the overall strength of our state’s economy as well as provide for themselves and their families, but this bill also adds additional categories of services to the list of services over which the State Board of Cosmetology claims authority. This policy is not in line with the proper role of government and is not necessary to preserve the safety and health of our citizens. This bill does the opposite by depressing individuals’ ability to simply earn a living.
HB 1313
Neutral
State Board of Funeral Service; extend repealer on. Dead
Analysis: This bill maintains an existing board of which its function, if preserved at all, should be drastically reduced to only necessary services within the proper role of government. Such services should be provided by an applicable existing government agency or department, such as the Department of Health.
HB 1314
Bad Policy
Architects; revise licensing laws to authorize multi-disciplinary firms with landscape architects and interior designers. Dead
Analysis: This bill expands government authority and reduces individual freedom and liberty to participate in the free exchange of goods and services. This bill adds landscape architects and interior designers to our state’s already exhaustive list of occupations under state purview. This language of this bill is extremely crafty and yet dangerously vague. This bill appears to indirectly require landscape architects and interior designers working in our state to either work with or hold themselves a certificate to practice architecture. The legal-ease of this bill alone institutes a new, unnecessary restriction on working individuals in our state.
HB 1315
Good Policy
Occupational licenses; repeal those for art therapists, auctioneers, interior designers, wigologists and massage therapists. Dead
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HB 1318
Not Rated
Cosmetology Board; remove threading and makeup artistry from regulation by. Dead
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HB 1319
Not Rated
MS Professional Massage Therapy Act; extend repelaer on. Dead
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HB 1320
Not Rated
Cosmetology licensure laws; remove threading and applying and removing eyelash extensions from application of. Dead
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SB 2098
Bad Policy
State Board of Funeral Service; extend repealer on. Alive
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SB 2188
Neutral
State agencies; revise reporting requirements when personnel actions are exempted from State Personnel Board procedures. Dead
Analysis: This bill actually does nothing. While it purports to add the requirement of quantifiable data to reports from state agencies, it adds this requirement to an outdated section of code wherein all exemption dates have passed. Given the fact that all of the exemption dates for state agencies have actually expired, this bill in its current form more than likely serves as a placeholder bill in order to update the previous exemptions. As a result, this bill will require further scrutiny as it goes through the legislative process, and the rating of this bill is subject to change if in fact it is amended to exempt specific state agencies from standard reporting requirements.
SB 2536
Good Policy
Athletics; provide that schools designate teams by biological sex. Alive
Analysis: This bill preserves individual liberty. The proper role of government is to preserve liberty and defend our communities against activities and socially-constructed determinations that encroach upon individual liberty. The ever-changing cultural perspective of the day must not be allowed to diminish liberty. Liberty and freedom of the individual is inherent, God-given, and must be preserved.
SB 2689
Not Rated
State Auditor; increase fee which may be charged for performing audits and other services. Dead
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SB 2727
Neutral
Department of Archives and History; revise appointing authority for members of the board of trustees. Dead
Analysis: This bill makes no changes to existing law; however, it brings forward code sections for amending at a later time.
SB 2797
Bad Policy
Department of Public Safety; revise authority, make various amendments. Dead
Analysis: This bill broadly expands the Department of Public Safety, increases government power and authority, will lead to increased budget requests, and adds law enforcement powers to contracted investigators working under the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. (See lines 333-334 and 386-387) Under current law those individuals serve as support to law enforcement. In addition, this bill places all prosecutions of officer-involved shootings under the exclusive authority of the Attorney General and all investigations of officer-involved shootings under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. (See lines 362-364 and 369-374) Such consolidation of power, especially as it relates to due process and the rights of the accused, is dangerous.
SB 2809
Good Policy
Public records; extend repealer on provision requiring public access to records. Alive
Analysis: This bill maintains statute which requires public access to records. Ideally, there should be no expiration date on this policy.
SB 2816
Neutral
Public officials and employees; allow Department of Revenue appraisers to receive same pay increases as county tax assessors. Alive
Analysis: This bill could potentially lead to increased government spending; however, it does not actually increase spending. The bill provides that when an appraiser employed by the Department of Revenue attends and successfully completes any part of the Mississippi Education and Certification Program and receives a certification the Commissioner of Revenue is authorized to increase the salary of the appraiser in the amount authorized in Section 27-3-52 for completion of the same certification level by a county tax assessor and/or his deputies or assistants. Government should reduce its overall spending to offset any performance based salary increases for government employees.
SB 2824
Good Policy
State agencies; require annual reporting of pass-through money from line-item appropriation by the Legislature. Alive
Analysis: This bill increases government transparency and accountability. Required reporting of pass-through money will hold both the grantor state agency and the grantee local entity accountable and provide a verifiable mechanism to compare data involving specific funds as reported from multiple sources.
SB 2854
Not Rated
Department of Public Safety; revise salaries of officers. Dead
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed