Senate Calendar

RULES

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SC 563
Resolution
Recognize career and civic contributions of Tom Pittman, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.
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2. SC 564
Resolution
Commend Ocean Springs High School 'Greyhounds' Boys Soccer Team for winning MHSAA Class 6A State Championship.
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3. SC 565
Resolution
Mourn the passing of retired MS Supreme Court Chief Justice Lenore Prather and commend her service as the first female Justice.
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4. SC 566
Resolution
Commend life of former MS Senator, MS Representative, Central MS Highway Commissioner, Baptist Minister and Lt. Gen. Wayne O. Burkes.
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5. SR 33
Resolution
Commend Jobs for Mississippi Graduates student's success at JAG National Student Leadership Academy.
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6. SR 34
Resolution
Recognize public service of Steven Allen, Deputy Executive Director of MS Department of Mental Health.
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7. SR 35
Resolution
Commend life and healthcare service of Sheena Renee Comfort Miles and extend condolences of Mississippi Senate.
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8. HC 36
Resolution
Lieutenant Colonel Reuben Soliz; commend for display of courage under fire.
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9. HC 37
Resolution
Dr. Clyde Muse; commend laudable career and distinguished service of upon the occasion of his retirement.
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10. HC 40
Resolution
Madison County Sheriff Deputy Brad Sullivan; commend heroism of.
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11. HC 52
Resolution
Jobs for Mississippi Graduates; commend and congratulate students' success at JAG National Student Leadership Academy.
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12. HC 53
Resolution
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College; commend for winning the NJCAA football championship.
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13. HC 54
Resolution
Zeita Merchant; commend upon promotion to rank of Captain in United States Coast Guard.
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14. HC 55
Resolution
Mr. Ken Spears; commend upon the occasion of his retirement.
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15. HC 57
Resolution
Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month; recognize April 2020 as.
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LOCAL AND PRIVATE

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2119
Not Rated
City of Pontotoc; extend repealer on authority to levy tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.
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2. SB 2150
Not Rated
Town of Walnut Grove; allow low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads.
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3. SB 2183
Not Rated
City of Houston; extend repeal date for tax on restaurants, hotels and motels for tourism and parks and recreation.
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4. SB 2271
Not Rated
Wayne County; extend repealer on assessment on misdemeanor convictions to fund Wayne County Justice Complex.
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5. SB 2885
Not Rated
Greene County; extend repeal date on assessments in justice court.
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6. SB 2905
Not Rated
City of Hattiesburg; correct errors referencing county instead of city, and extend repealer on tourism tax and commission.
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7. SB 2909
Not Rated
Jackson County; authorize to expand or merge existing lighting districts.
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8. SB 2924
Not Rated
City of Winona; extend repealer on authority to levy tax on restaurants.
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9. SB 3009
Not Rated
City of Okolona; authorize to use electric power delivery system to provide broadband service to certain counties.
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10. SB 2985
Not Rated
Town of Belmont; authorize to expand and operate natural gas distribution system to serve certain areas of Itawamba County.
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11. SB 3008
Not Rated
City of Oxford; change governing law for city trust fund investments from PERS to MS Uniform Prudent Investor Act.
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12. SB 3010
Not Rated
Tunica County; authorize contributions to the Tunica County Economic Development Foundation, Inc.
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13. HB 1425
Bad Policy
City of Fulton; extend repealer on hotel/motel tourism tax.
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14. HB 1159
Bad Policy
City of Florence; extend repealer on bar and restaurant tax.
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MOTION TO RECONSIDER

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2799
Bad Policy
Alternative nicotine products; impose a tax upon and regulate under the Tobacco Tax Law.
Analysis: This bill introduces penalties for businesses that sell alternative nicotine products without a permit or to those under 21. It also introduces penalties for those under 21 who falsely claim to be 21 years or older in an attempt to purchase alternative nicotine products. It also explicitly authorizes law enforcement officers to use persons under age 21 in attempts to catch businesses not complying with the law. This bill expands government authority and degrades social responsibility.

FOR CONCURRENCE OR NONCONCURRENCE

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2709
Bad Policy
Insurance premium discount for hurricane or windstorm damage mitigation; include commercial property.
Analysis: This bill requires insurance companies to offer discounted rates for wind coverage for businesses and homes. This is not only a blatant violation of free-market/conservative principles, but is bad for the economy, bad for business, and ultimately bad for the consumer. Property owners must be responsible for the land that they own and the risk of environmental dangers to property is a risk that you take on when owning property. There is no compelling reason or unjust action here that warrants government intrusion. Insurance policies are contracts agreed to by two independent parties. In areas where wind damage is more likely to occur, insurance policies for wind damage will be more expensive; this makes sense in the free market and is to be expected. Legislation that sets prices for wind coverage policies de-incentivizes insurance companies from operating in the state which in turn lessens competition and drives up overall costs. The most efficient and fair exchange always comes when two parties bent on coming to a fair deal are on equal footing in a fair and free market. This bill inserts the government into the middle of an otherwise fair dealing between the insurance companies and the property owner, driving up costs for all and blatantly ignoring small government, free-market, conservative principles.
2. SB 2272
Neutral
Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation; extend repealer on deadline for annual audit of accounts.
Analysis: This bill extends the current repeal of the Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation Trust Fund's required annual audit. This bill extends the repeal until July 1, 2024.
3. SB 2277
Not Rated
Department of Mental Health; authorize to sell certain state owned property located in City of Meridian.
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4. SB 2511
Neutral
Teachers; revise licensure.
Analysis: This bill stipulates that an SAT score equivalent to an ACT score of 21 may be substituted to fulfill the standardized testing requirement for teacher licensure. It also revises specific language concerning teacher licensure.

GENERAL

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 494
Bad Policy
County purchases; increase the minimum acquisition costs of items and services for certain purposes.
Analysis: This bill raises the maximum amount a county can spend on any one purchase without reporting the purchase to the state government from $1,500 to $2,000. If anything, more oversight on what our tax dollars are spent on is necessary, not less.
2. HB 1309
Good Policy
Air bow; authorize use during certain open seasons for individuals exempt from hunting license requirement by reason of disability.
Analysis: This bill authorizes those affected by a disability to hunt with air bows during any open season.
3. HB 1024
Good Policy
Habitual offender; revise penalties for.
Analysis: This bill enacts sentencing reforms that limit the application of long prison sentences under Mississippi’s “three strikes” habitual law for nonviolent drug offenses. Rehabilitation and return of non-violent offenders to society keeps the taxpayer from footing an even more costly bill for the state's justice system, puts more fathers back into what would be fatherless homes, and helps solve the current crisis of prison-overcrowding.
4. HB 544
Neutral
DUI suspension; clarify when the 120 day suspensions begins.
Analysis: This bill clarifies that the date of license suspension begins on the day that the judge signs the order, not the day of the alleged offense.
5. HB 1135
Neutral
Law enforcement; allow off-duty use of official vehicles while performing security services in off-duty hours.
Analysis: This bill authorizes off-duty police officers to utilize their government police vehicles when operating as private security while off-duty. Law enforcement officers are of course free to work as private security officers in an off-duty capacity during their free time. However, they are not entitled to public resources while operating independently from doing government work. While employed in a private setting, law enforcement officers are being compensated by that private entity and are not working for the public at that moment. Police vehicles are public property and should only be used by public officials performing public duties, anything else is a misuse of public moneys and resources. It is not the taxpayer's responsibility to foot the bill for police officer's transportation while he/she is off-duty and engaged in private employment.
6. HB 658
Good Policy
Expungement; revise provisions for eligibility.
Analysis: This bill expands the number of convictions related to controlled substances that are eligible for expungement. This will make it easier for non-violent offenders to become employed and will reduce chances of recidivism.
7. SN 32
Not Rated
Drew Landon Snyder, Jackson, Mississippi, Executive Director of the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, term effective January 14, 2020 and the appointee shall serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor.
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8. HB 838
Good Policy
Driver's license; require Department of Public Safety to allow official identifying document of MDOC to suffice for.
Analysis: Allows official MDOC documents as qualifying documents in lieu of a birth certificate or social security card for ex-offenders. This will make it easier for ex-offenders to get a driver's license.
9. HB 1080
Good Policy
Toll roads; revise maximum length of time for public private partnership agreement.
Analysis: This bill weakens a government regulation on the length of public private partnership agreements for toll roads.
10. HB 1279
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate segment of U.S. Highway 51 in Lincoln County for fallen police officers Zach Moak and James White.
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11. HB 1371
Neutral
DPS division of driver services; make various revisions regarding.
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12. HB 685
Good Policy
State offenders; extend repealer on authority to house in county jails when state space is unavailable.
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13. HB 1476
Good Policy
Compassionate Parole Eligibility Act of 2020; create.
Analysis: This bill provides for the possible parole of inmates (except those convicted of capital offenses) who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses or diseases and have a life expectancy of twelve months or less. It also applies to inmates who are completely disabled or bedridden for 50% of waking hours. This will help lessen the burden on the department of corrections and by extension the taxpayer.
14. HB 1176
Good Policy
School bus drivers; increase maximum speed limit on interstate highways.
Analysis: This bill increases the allowed maximum speed for school buses on interstate highways from 45mph to 65mph.
15. HB 669
Good Policy
Tate County School Board; require to consolidate system of high schools by closing Coldwater High School.
Analysis: The committee substitute for this bill closes the Coldwater High School in Tate County. It cites the high school's consistent low performance ratings and low percentage of Tate County's overall enrollment (4%) as reasons to close the school. Coldwater High School students would be spread proportionately among Strayhorn and Independence High Schools. This change closes a school whose students can be accommodated by other schools in the area and brings about a more efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
16. HB 676
Neutral
State and School Health Insurance Management Board; authorize State Agency executive heads to designate to serve in his or her capacity.
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17. HB 751
Neutral
Mississippi Employer-Assisted Housing Teacher Program; remove requirement that the Department of Education administer with the FNMA.
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18. HB 888
Neutral
Student club funds; clarify use and accounting practices by school districts.
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19. HB 1336
Good Policy
'Mississippi Learn to Earn Act'; enact to authorize the earning of graduation credit through apprenticeships and other alternative courses.
Analysis: This bill allows for vo-tech and other career technical program credits to be substituted in some cases for traditional high school course credit.
20. HB 917
Good Policy
Light spirit products; define as no more than 4% alcoholic content by weight, and regulate same as beer and light wine.
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21. HB 1290
Neutral
MS Blues Commission; direct to erect certain Blues Trail marker and add location to trail.
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22. HB 493
Neutral
Counties; may also maintain electronic format of law books in courtrooms and in county public law libraries.
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23. HB 1127
Neutral
Durable legal guardianship; revise provisions regarding.
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24. HB 1129
Neutral
Termination of parental rights; clarify jurisdiction of county and youth courts.
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25. HB 1131
Neutral
Child custody orders; change reference to certain terms.
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26. HB 1134
Neutral
Out-of-State Adoptions; clarify certain provisions regarding.
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27. HB 1286
Neutral
Service of summons in youth courts; shall be made pursuant to the Uniform Rules of the Youth Court Practice.
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28. HB 851
Good Policy
Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force; revise composition of.
Analysis: This bill adds one additional member to the Corrections and Criminal Justice Oversight Task Force Committee whose role will be to advocate for "offenders and families". This member is to be appointed by the Governor. The addition of a new member to the committee whose sole purpose is to advocate for this often under-represented group has the potential to bring about positive change from within government.
29. HB 597
Neutral
Department of Revenue; authorize to revise individual income tax forms to allow taxpayer to designate two bank accounts for direct deposit.
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30. HB 940
Good Policy
Financial institutions; authorize to delay a transaction upon good-faith belief that eligible person will be exploited.
Analysis: This bill authorizes financial institutions to delay a transaction if they believe the transaction involves the exploitation of the customer who requested it. As a general rule, financial authorizations, as private entities, should be free to make these judgement calls on their own without being granted government authority.
31. HB 1071
Good Policy
Property exempt from seizure under execution or attachment; include Roth individual retirement accounts.
Analysis: This bill adds money included in Roth IRAs to the list of items unavailable for seizure by the state government. While all personal property should be exempt from government seizure, this bill is still a step in the right direction.
32. HB 1138
Bad Policy
Self-storage facilities; regulate rental agreements and owners' liens.
Analysis: This policy expands regulations over liens and rental agreements with self-storage facilities.
33. HB 1212
Bad Policy
Real Estate Brokers License; revise the requirements to be granted such a license.
Analysis: This would increase the time it takes for a real estate agent to become a broker from 12 months to 36 months. This is simply an attempt by current license holders to use the government to fend off new competition.
34. HB 1378
Neutral
Mississippi S.A.F.E. Mortgage Act; remove repealer, clarify record keeping requirements and estimate of costs provided to borrower.
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35. HB 444
Neutral
Municipal menaced property; make certain clarifying revisions regarding.
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36. HB 531
Neutral
Counties and municipalities; encourage to exchange information with military installations relating to land use and development.
Analysis: This bill encourages counties and municipalities to coordinate more closely with military installations in the state for zoning purposes.
37. HB 415
Neutral
Counties; authorize boards of supervisors to pay county employees every two weeks.
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38. HB 1063
Neutral
Certificate of educational recognition for tax assessors; authorize Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service to issue.
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39. HB 25
Neutral
MS Electronic Court System; require all courts to utilize.
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40. HB 96
Good Policy
Emergency medical services provider; include fire stations and ambulances in definition under Baby Drop-off Law.
Analysis: This bill changes the definition of "emergency medical services provider" to included fire stations and ambulances that are staffed with full time firefighters or emergency medical personnel. This effectively adds fire stations and staffed ambulances to the list of authorized locations under the "baby drop-off" law. The purpose of this is to increase the number of authorized and monitored locations that a child 3 days or under can be left in order to avoid abandonment of these infants somewhere other than a monitored area.
41. HB 1156
Neutral
Revised Mississippi Law on Notarial Acts; create and repeal existing statutes on notaries public.
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42. HB 1243
Neutral
Critical infrastructure; define crimes of impeding and trespassing against.
Analysis: This bill adds additional penalties for those who trespass on any place defined as a "critical infrastructure facility".
43. HB 1386
Neutral
Advocate Confidentiality Law; establish procedures for disclosure.
Analysis: This bill revises and clarifies when and how communication between victims of domestic violence and other sex crimes and their certified advocates can be disclosed. It removes the possibility of civil liability of those who disclose information of the communication and removes the stipulation that employees of domestic violence shelters cannot be forced to testify in court.
44. HB 686
Good Policy
Patient's Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act & prohibitions against deceptive advertising by providers; extend repealers on.
Analysis: This bill continues the repeal of penalties included in the Patient's Right to Informed Health Care Choices Act. As it stands, all penalties under this act are repealed, this bill extends that repeal until 2023. Government penalties for improper advertising erode personal responsibility and heighten the role of government in our daily lives. Being an informed consumer of goods and services in the modern world with services like Yelp and others is not difficult and we do not need the state to belittle it's citizens with an act that acts as if citizens are simply not smart enough to make these decisions on their own. Arbitrary penalties for doctors and other medical professionals that may occasionally fail to meet the government's often rigorous advertising standards only serve to provide one more way government can take money from the small businesses in the medical field and use it to fund the next needless government expenditure.
45. HB 688
Good Policy
MS Pharmacy Practice Act; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill extends the repeal of the stipulation that deceptive medical advertisements are grounds for license revocation. The state government has no business regulating medical advertisements and certainly has no business revoking occupational licenses on those grounds.
46. HB 1520
Good Policy
Hospice; allow medical directors to prescribe controlled substances for pain for terminally ill patients without in-person visit.
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47. HB 1018
Neutral
Church Protection Act; revise how a church is required to maintain reords of its security team.
Analysis: This bill requires churches to maintain the identification numbers of any law enforcement officers who are members of the church's registered security team.
48. HB 359
Good Policy
Motor vehicles; delete five-day requirement regarding towing and storage of.
Analysis: This bill removes the 5 day waiting period required of a property owner who wishes to have a another person's vehicle towed from their property. This protects the property rights of property owners. If an issue arises from the removal of this regulation the 2 interested parties can handle it amongst themselves or in court.
49. HB 1500
Good Policy
Board on law enforcement officer standards and training; authorize to consider certain military training when determining qualification of applicant.
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50. HB 336
Neutral
Mississippi Workforce Development Study Committee; create.
Analysis: This bill creates Mississippi Workforce Development Study Committee whose function is to review the curriculum of K-12 schools and offer to the legislature a set of findings and recommendations for our public schools.
51. HB 1040
Neutral
Agencies, departments and institutions; require to report workforce monies received and how those monies were spent to the SWIB each year.
Analysis: This bill requires state agencies to submit a report to the Mississippi State Workforce Investment Board listing all funds received by the agency for the purpose of workforce training as well as in what capacity those funds were expended.
52. HB 274
Neutral
HELP Grant Program; align curriculum with changes for college preparatory as required by IHL.
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.
53. HB 95
Not Rated
Commissioner of Insurance; provide shall resolve certain disputes between provider and insured regarding billing.
Analysis: This will allow consumers to seek arbitration on hospital/ insurance and billing issues. However, there is no appeals process outside of the Department of Insurance.
54. HB 408
Not Rated
Credit for reinsurance; provide requirements for.
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55. HB 773
Not Rated
Commercial Lines Modernization Act; enact.
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56. HB 708
Neutral
Pharmacy Benefit Prompt Pay Act; revise various provisions of.
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