Judiciary, Division A

2021 Regular Session

Judiciary, Division A

Bill Number Bill Description Bill Status
HB 3
Neutral
Outdoor advertisement signs; revise height requirements for. Dead
Analysis:
HB 72
Good Policy
Dentists; provide immunity for providing charitable and emergency services. Alive
Analysis: This bill encourages charity which provides voluntary support of individuals in need. This bill preserves civil liability in incidents resulting from the dentist's gross negligence or willful misconduct.
HB 87
Bad Policy
MDHS fraud investigators; provide they shall be law enforcement officers. Alive
Analysis: This bill expands the size and scope of government, decreases government accountability and transparency, and reduces individual freedom. This bill creates a new executive, law enforcement department by changing requirements for MDHS fraud investigators and expands government authority and power beyond its proper role. This bill goes far beyond the confines of simply investigating fraud by granting MDHS fraud investigators pre-emptive authority. (See line 20)
HB 277
Good Policy
Tribal identification cards; recognize as legal means of personal identification. Alive
Analysis:
HB 286
Bad Policy
Cemeteries; authorize to disinter and reinter dead human remains for next of kin instructions. Alive
Analysis: This bill interferes in our free market by inhibiting consumers’ ability to seek redress through a civil action in cases of negligence. Paragraph 6 of Section 1 (lines 72-78) of this bill removes all liability of cemetery owners in cases involving errors made by the cemetery owners during original interment that result in disinterment and reinterment of loved ones except in cases of intentional misconduct or malice. Furthermore, this bill specifically provides government sanctioned concealment of possible evidence in cases of negligence that may be obtained during a disinterment and/or reinterment by specifically allowing cemetery owners to disinter and reinter loved ones five days before notifying next of kin of the already completed action. (See paragraph 5 of Section 1, lines 63-68)
HB 299
Good Policy
Property interest; conveyance to married individuals considered to create joint tenancy with right of survivorship. Dead
Analysis: This bill clarifies legal status as it pertains to property rights of married individuals. A core function of government is the protection of the most basic and yet most fundamental unit of government, the family unit. In addition, government must support the institution of marriage through good policy that reduces unnecessary burdens on marriage couples, as statistics consistently prove that the stability of marriages within a population determines the overall stability of that population.
HB 300
Neutral
Bail procedures; bring forward provisions for purposes of amendment. Dead
Analysis: This bill in its current form only brings forward code sections for amendment. Ideally, bills will present at least the nature of proposed changes when they are presented on the House floor. The process of passing bills that do nothing for the sole purpose of making the intended changes at the last possible minute near the end of session in conference committees, which have limited access for participation of our elected representatives provides little to no transparency nor accountability. Therefore, the rating of this bill is subject to change as it moves through the legislative process.
HB 341
Not Rated
Motor carrier safety improvements; prohibit consideration of deployment of in determining an individual's employment status with motor carrier. Alive
Analysis:
HB 354
Bad Policy
Municipal judges; authorize to order a defendant to remedy real property ordinance violations within a reasonable time period. Alive
Analysis: This bill reduces individual liberty and increases government authority. This bill subverts the very nature of our justice system by eliminating an accused's ability to appeal in municipal cases involving code violations and granting local government entities immediate authority following the lapse of a specified time frame without regard to circumstance or any other applicable variables.
HB 356
Bad Policy
Child abuse; expand immunity for good faith reports. Alive
Analysis: This bill establishes immunity for a new classification of individuals working with/alongside government agencies. This new language is vague to say the least. The disclosure of sensitive information, especially information regarding children, must not be separated from our founding principle of personal privacy. Government's proper role is to protect individuals’ God-given rights not to grant its quasi-governmental partners immunity from liability when said partners’ actions abridge those rights. Lines 103-104 of this bill grants immunity to an individual employed outside of a government agency and/or department who “releases or uses information for the purpose of protecting a child.” This language has no limit, no foundation, and no place in our state’s law.
HB 550
Good Policy
Intermediate driver's license; delete all references to. Alive
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency and reduces unnecessary regulations on activities of individuals by eliminating the absolutely unnecessary, recently created, intermediate driver's license. The government should eliminate all unnecessary restrictions and regulations. The proper role of government is to preserve individual freedom to the fullest extent possible while insuring the safety of its citizens.
HB 695
Neutral
State Domestic Violence Fund; remove the matching funds requirement for. Alive
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor reduces the size of government. This bill removes the requirement for matching funds at the local level for grants made at the state level to domestic shelters. Domestic shelters are registered at the state level. Ideally services such as domestic violence shelters should be provided by charity organizations, non-profits, and philanthropy.
HB 932
Neutral
Child support withholding orders; revise provisions to comply with the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act. Dead
Analysis: This bill makes only the required changes to existing law to bring state law into compliance with federal law.
HB 951
Not Rated
Department of Human Services; authorize to use additional methods of communication to send notices relating to child support to financial institutions. Dead
Analysis:
HB 1012
Good Policy
Charitable solicitations; revise provisions relating to notice, demand and service of process. Dead
Analysis: This bill reduces government power and authority to review previous donors to charitable organizations in determining their status as such in the state of Mississippi. In addition, this bill increases government accountability by eliminating vague language that could result in, whether intentional or not, application of statutory definitions that are not consistent with the original intent of the legislation. Government should continually work to clarify existing statutes to prevent inconsistent interpretation of law and always be extremely cautious and proactive when drafting new legislation to ensure it is written using clear and concise language.
HB 1077
Good Policy
Open account; revise definition and require account creditor to send demand to current address of account debtor through certain means. Dead
Analysis: This bill clarifies existing statute concerning the manner in which an individual or entity obtains a debt owed. This bill prescribes the manner in which notice must be given, which ensures consistency of not only the process but also in civil actions resulting from non-payment. This bill preserves the free exchange of goods and services and does not expand government authority.
HB 1078
Good Policy
Perpetual care and preneed cemetery and funeral laws; unlawful to make false or misleading statements in records under. Dead
Analysis: This bill enables the government to more effectively perform one of its primary functions, public safety. The bill provides a statutory mechanism to insure those entrusted with the most sacred of duties, honoring our past loved ones, are held accountable in the event they betray the public trust through either false or misleading statements or omissions that lead to the representation of false or misleading information.
HB 1195
Neutral
Electric bicycles; regulate. Alive
Analysis: While this bill does create new regulations, this bill as a whole restricts government authority regarding the use of electric bicycles. Government should reduce regulations and limit intrusion in and restrictions on activities of individuals.
SB 2009
Not Rated
Rural water associations; owner of rental property shall not be liable for his tenant's unpaid water bill. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2020
Neutral
Tribal identification cards; recognize as legal means of personal identification. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2022
Not Rated
Justice courts; required to accept electronic filing. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2084
Not Rated
Child support; allow restricted driver's license for work. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2085
Not Rated
Jurors; expand pool to citizens with driver's license who have filed state income taxes. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2086
Bad Policy
Child advocacy centers; immunity from civil liability. Dead
Analysis: This bill removes all civil recourse for individuals, both adults and children, and families harmed by the actions, whether willful or negligent, of a child advocate or a child advocacy center. These centers and their employees are not government employees and should be held to the same standards for civil action as private and non-profit entities.
SB 2087
Bad Policy
Cemetery owners; authorize to disinter dead human remains for reinterment, reburial or delivery to a carrier for transportation. Dead
Analysis: Initially, this bill provides an avenue for next of kin to directly request certain actions be taken by cemetery owners regarding the disinterment and reinterment of their loved ones. This particular section of the bill represents good policy. Unfortunately, Section 5 of this bill removes all liability of cemetery owners in cases involving errors made by the cemetery owners during original interment that result in disinterment and reinterment of loved ones except in cases of intentional misconduct or malice. This bill interferes in our free market by inhibiting consumers’ ability to seek redress through a civil action in cases of negligence. Furthermore, this bill specifically provides government sanctioned concealment of possible evidence in cases of negligence that may be obtained during a disinterment and/or reinterment by specifically allowing cemetery owners to disinter and reinter loved ones five days before notifying next of kin of the already completed action.
SB 2088
Not Rated
Eminent domain; provide compensation for the loss of a business's goodwill. Dead
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SB 2089
Not Rated
Mississippi Civil Rights Act; enact. Dead
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SB 2090
Not Rated
Female genital mutilation; prohibit and create civil cause of action. Dead
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SB 2091
Not Rated
Domestic abuse; allow protection of pets in a protection order. Dead
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SB 2092
Not Rated
Birth certificate; adoptee may obtain certified copy of original after 18 years. Dead
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SB 2093
Not Rated
Local government; prohibit ordinances authorizing camping on public property and sidewalks. Dead
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SB 2096
Not Rated
Subdivision plats; revise effectiveness. Dead
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SB 2097
Not Rated
Criminal procedure; allow interlocutory appeal by prosecution of certain adverse rulings. Dead
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SB 2100
Not Rated
Charitable organization; revise definition of and service of process on. Dead
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SB 2101
Not Rated
Mississippi Pay Equity Act; prohibit wage discrimination based on gender. Dead
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SB 2205
Neutral
Birth certificate; adoptee may obtain certified copy of original after 18 years. Dead
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SB 2206
Not Rated
Guardian ad litem fees; failure to pay enforced as any other civil debt. Dead
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SB 2207
Not Rated
Workers' compensation; increase maximum total recovery and remove cap on permanent total disability compensation. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2211
Not Rated
Juries; prohibit peremptory challenges based on certain factors. Dead
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SB 2213
Not Rated
Divorce; either or both parties may be determined an injured party. Dead
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SB 2220
Not Rated
Child support; may continue past age of majority for a disabled child. Dead
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SB 2224
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; immunity under certain circumstances. Dead
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SB 2225
Not Rated
False report of child abuse or neglect; provide for civil liability. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2227
Not Rated
Public Defenders Education Fund; establish education and training cost. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2242
Not Rated
Landlord-tenant law; revise. Dead
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SB 2247
Not Rated
Concealed weapon permit; authorize Secretary of State to designate certain employees for. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2253
Good Policy
Concealed carry weapons permit; combine with driver's license or identification card. Alive
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency and reduces unnecessary burdens on individuals. Government should continually work to find innovative ways to reduce inefficient bureaucratic red tape, costs, and waste.
SB 2260
Not Rated
Public official corruption; authorize prosecution by Attorney General upon request of the State Auditor. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2262
Not Rated
'Mississippi Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act of 2021'; enact. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2263
Good Policy
Cemeteries and burial grounds; make misleading filings unlawful. Dead
Analysis: This bill enables the government to more effectively perform one of its primary functions, public safety. The bill provides a statutory mechanism to insure those entrusted with the most sacred of duties, honoring our past loved ones, are held accountable in the event they betray the public trust through either false or misleading statements or omissions that lead to the representation of false or misleading information.
SB 2264
Not Rated
Child support; add income of custodial spouse to criteria considered in rebutting presumption of fairness. Dead
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SB 2265
Not Rated
Towing; limit charges. Dead
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SB 2266
Not Rated
Retail sales; prohibit seller from refusing to accept cash as a form of payment for goods and services. Dead
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SB 2268
Not Rated
Justice court; revise jurisdictional amount. Dead
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SB 2287
Not Rated
Price gouging; create exemption for producers, growers or processors of food products. Dead
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SB 2316
Not Rated
Paternity; clarify circumstances when putative father cannot contest. Dead
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SB 2317
Not Rated
Landlords; prohibit discriminatory action against prospective or current tenant based on source of income. Dead
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SB 2319
Not Rated
Tenth Circuit Court District; create subdistrict and additional judge. Dead
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SB 2320
Not Rated
Open-box items; retailers required to prominently display exchange policies. Dead
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SB 2321
Not Rated
Keyaurdra's Law; require unique identifying mark on bullet casings. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2324
Neutral
Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement; extend repealer on. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2326
Not Rated
Seized property; clarify purpose for which proceeds from forfeitures may be used. Dead
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SB 2328
Not Rated
Public records; award attorney's fees for duplicative requests. Dead
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SB 2330
Not Rated
Equal pay; prohibit paying state employees at rates less than those paid to employees of a different sex for equal work. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2333
Not Rated
Mississippi Paid Family Leave Act; enact. Dead
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SB 2334
Not Rated
Uninsured motorists; impose strict liability for traffic accidents. Dead
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SB 2349
Not Rated
Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act; create. Dead
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SB 2350
Not Rated
Child support; duty to pay suspended upon incarceration for a felony. Dead
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SB 2351
Not Rated
Evelyn Gandy Fair Pay Act; create. Dead
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SB 2352
Not Rated
Liquefied petroleum gas providers; provide affirmative defense in civil actions for damage or injury caused by certain circumstances. Dead
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SB 2353
Not Rated
Circuit court; prohibit political candidates from addressing the public during court terms. Dead
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SB 2354
Not Rated
Mississippi Fair Housing Act; enact. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2355
Not Rated
Age of majority; revise. Dead
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SB 2364
Not Rated
Fresh Start Act; remove limitations on the applicability of. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2370
Not Rated
Kratom; authorize Department of Health to regulate. Dead
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SB 2374
Not Rated
Violent or disorderly assemblies; criminalize. Dead
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SB 2389
Not Rated
Domestic violence shelters; revise eligibility for funds. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2434
Neutral
Department of Public Safety; authorize contract with counties for custody of certain offenders. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2456
Bad Policy
Open Meetings Law; allow executive sessions for certain discussions by public hospital boards. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2482
Not Rated
Mississippi Fair Housing Act; enact. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2483
Neutral
Electric bicycles; classify as bicycles and not as motor vehicles, and regulate. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2508
Not Rated
Open meetings; revise accessibility to information on meeting times, agenda and minutes. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2522
Not Rated
'Ban the Box'; facilitate post-incarceration employment opportunities for nonviolent felons. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2550
Not Rated
Department of Human Services; provide law-enforcement authority to. Dead
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SB 2566
Not Rated
Youth court disposition hearings; require consideration of Department of Child Protection Services' report. Dead
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SB 2568
Not Rated
Firearms; prohibit state cooperation with federal effort to ban. Dead
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SB 2595
Not Rated
Marijuana; civil penalty for simple possession of small amount. Dead
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SB 2607
Not Rated
Statewide county court system; create. Dead
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SB 2608
Not Rated
Occupational license; revise judicial review related to suspension of. Dead
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SB 2610
Not Rated
Liens; create statute of limitations for assessments by property owner's associations. Dead
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SB 2611
Not Rated
Motor vehicles; do not require power of attorney for issuance of new certificate of title for out-of-state purchases. Dead
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SB 2612
Not Rated
Mississippi Consumer Data Privacy Act; enact. Dead
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SB 2613
Not Rated
Civil immunity; provide to participants of child-abuse investigations, evaluations or judicial proceedings. Dead
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SB 2614
Not Rated
Appellate procedure; exempt constitutional challenges to ordinances from the filing deadline. Dead
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SB 2615
Not Rated
Department of Human Services; authorize methods of communication for notices of encumbrance of assets for child support. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2616
Not Rated
Eminent domain and quick-take proceedings; require business damages for compensation. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2617
Not Rated
Stop Social Media Censorship Act; create. Dead
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SB 2618
Not Rated
Gun Violence Intervention Grant Program and funding; earmark federal VOCA victim assistance funds. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2620
Not Rated
Cyberstalking; authorize injunction when criminal charges filed. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2621
Neutral
Task Force; establish to study domestic law matters. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2632
Not Rated
Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement; extend repealer on. Dead
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SB 2633
Not Rated
Open-account suits; revise delivery of written demand. Dead
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SB 2634
Not Rated
District attorneys; authorize appointment of additional legal assistants and criminal investigators for circuit court district. Dead
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SB 2636
Not Rated
Mississippi Foster Care Fund; increase assessment and transfer to Attorney General. Dead
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SB 2638
Not Rated
Electronic documents; provide recording procedure for counties without electronic-recording capability. Alive
Analysis:
SB 2639
Not Rated
Tax sales; create study committee to study solutions to unmerchantable and uninsurable titles resulting from. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2640
Not Rated
Alienation of affection; abolish cause of action. Dead
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SB 2641
Not Rated
Vexatious Litigant Act of 2021; enact. Dead
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SB 2644
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers; regulate payment for nonexempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Dead
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SB 2730
Not Rated
Homestead exemption; veterans exemption is based on 100% service-connected disability. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2769
Not Rated
Institutions of higher education; protect lawful expression and create cause of action for violation of free speech. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2770
Not Rated
Harassment in institutions of higher education; provide cause of action for discriminatory harassment. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2771
Not Rated
Price gouging; exempt certain raw agricultural products during declared emergencies. Dead
Analysis:
SB 2792
Good Policy
Fresh Start Act of 2019; expand. Dead
Analysis: This bill promotes individual liberty and removes unnecessary barriers and restrictions on individuals attempting to obtain employment in sectors of Mississippi ‘s economy that require occupational licenses under our state's current laws.
SB 2875
Not Rated
Child support; revise provisions of. Dead
Analysis:
SN 26
Not Rated
Andre-Louis Verloin (Andre) de Gruy, Jackson, Mississippi, State Defender in the Office of the State Public Defender, four year term effective immediately and ending June 30, 2024. Alive
Analysis:
SN 39
Not Rated
Stephen Charles (Steve) Edds, Ridgeland, Mississippi, Mississippi Tort Claims Board as Chairman, appointee shall serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor. Alive
Analysis:
KEY: * = Amended % = 3/5ths Vote Required V = Vetoed
  $ = Revenue @ = Exempted From Deadline P = Partially Vetoed