Senate Calendar

FINANCE

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2288
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize issuance for Robotics Alliance of Mississippi.
Analysis:
2. SB 2319
Neutral
Sales tax; clarify the description of logging equipment that qualifies for a reduced sales tax rate.
Analysis: This bill clarifies language regarding the sales tax rate of specific logging equipment.
3. SB 2324
Bad Policy
Alcohol; revise certain provisions regarding authority of Department of Revenue to dispose of seized alcohol.
Analysis: This bill slightly increases the parameters under which law enforcement may dispose of alcoholic beverages and "raw materials" connected with the production of alcoholic beverages. The state should not be in the business of seizing property as it pertains to alcohol in the first place, and surely should not be wastefully disposing of these materials. At the very least the state should sell this property at a profit and use the newly acquired funds to lessen the burden of the taxpayer.
4. SB 2325
Bad Policy
Public officials and employees; allow Department of Revenue appraisers to receive same pay increases as county tax assessors.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Revenue to raise the salaries of appraisers employed by his department. The state government should be actively searching for ways to reduce government spending, not going out of their way to increase it.
5. SB 2102
Good Policy
Ad valorem tax; exempt motor vehicles held by a wrecker service for resale.
Analysis: This bill authorizes wrecker services to sell motor vehicles that are not registered to the business under certain circumstances. It also exempts these vehicles from ad valorem tax. These are vehicles that are seldom actually on the road, their taxation is an unnecessary burden on the wrecker service.
6. SB 2287
Good Policy
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; authorize municipalities to allow operation on municipal streets.
Analysis: This bill authorizes local municipalities to be the sole deciders on road permits for Golf carts and low-speed vehicles in their jurisdiction. Decentralization of authority on trivial matters such as permits for golf carts and other low-speed vehicles is prudent as local government is typically more equipped to handle their own local issues.
7. SB 2328
Neutral
Agriculture; revise loans for agribusinesses and obligation bonds for Emerging Crops Fund.
Analysis:
8. SB 2333
Bad Policy
Fees; authorize Department of Revenue to charge and place in special fund to defray costs of shipping alcoholic beverages.
Analysis: This bill creates a new fund for the shipping of alcoholic beverages for the ABC. This is not a new expenditure, only a change in the funding mechanism for this specific cost. However, the market of alcoholic beverages should be free and independent. Because we allow the state government to legislate the availability of alcohol in our state, we end up spending public money on the operations of the ABC, which would be unnecessary if alcohol sales were unregulated and left to the free market.
9. SB 2365
Neutral
Motor vehicles; provide that ad valorem tax receipts shall not specify legislative session in relation to tag credit.
Analysis: This bill removes language from ad valorem tax credit receipts that specifies which legislative session granted the credit. Instead, the receipt will only mention that the credit is a result of legislative action without specifying which session.
10. SB 2369
Neutral
Ad valorem tax; remove reverter on provision waiving penalty and interest when county inadvertently extended exemption.
Analysis:
11. SB 2433
Neutral
Taxation; amend code sections to make interest rates consistent with other tax statutes.
Analysis: This bill changes the language used on ad valorem tax receipts. When in the past the receipt stated which specific legislative session allowed for the tax credit resulting in the receipt, it will now only mention that the credit came from legislative action, not specifying which session.
12. SB 2435
Good Policy
Motor vehicles; remove requirement for apportioned vehicles to have decal with expiration month and year on license tag.
Analysis: This bill removes the requirement for apportioned vehicles to have the date of expiration decal attached to their license plate. Removing unnecessary state requirements like these is prudent and saves money for the taxpayer and the government .
13. SB 2470
Bad Policy
Taxation; allow denial of permit to engage in business as a different legal entity until previous taxes have been paid.
Analysis: This bill allows for the denial of a permit to engage in certain business activities if the state finds that the individual applying for the permit owes a tax liability to the state. This bill operates under the assumption that you don't have a right to operate a business without government approval. Owing money to the state is not a legitimate justification for the state to deny anyone the right to operate a business.
14. SB 2484
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' to include land owned by a certain state institution of higher learning.
Analysis: This bill recognizes institutions of higher learning as "qualified resort areas". This means that these institutions may apply for a "qualified resort area" waiver that, if approved, would allow for the sale of alcohol at that location. This bill also strikes from the law a provision that bans the sale and consumption of alcohol at any public sporting event. This bill represents a step in the direction, away from antiquated alcohol legislation that attempts to regulate the morality of its people.
15. SB 2488
Neutral
Motor vehicle title; change vehicle age from 10 to 20 years for odometer disclosure exemption to conform with federal mandate.
Analysis: As it stands, in the event of a sale of a vehicle aged 10 years or under, the seller must disclose the exact mileage of the vehicle. This bill raises that threshold to 20 years or younger. As a result, all vehicles sold in Mississippi that are 20 years or younger must come included with the exact mileage information. This change in law reflects the current federal law on the matter.
16. SB 2348
Bad Policy
Abandoned manufactured or mobile homes; establish procedure for disposition.
Analysis: This bill outlines the procedure through which the state may dispose of abandoned mobile or manufactured homes. This is not a primary function of government. Abandoned homes can be dealt with through already-existing legal functions of the state and are ultimately the responsibility of the owners of any land that these homes are left on. This bill represents another government expansion into an area of private life that is unneeded, unnecessary and wasteful of our public tax dollars.
17. SB 2593
Neutral
Distinctive boat trailer and utility trailer license tags; authorize issuance to supporters of the National Rifle Association.
Analysis:

RULES

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2314
Neutral
State parks; change name of Natchez State Park to 'Bob M. Dearing Natchez State Park.'
Analysis:

GENERAL

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2009
Good Policy
Sex offenders; future contact with victim prohibited (Carly's Law).
Analysis: This bill makes it a felony crime for convicted sexual offenders to contact in any way their victim(s) for the remainder of their life. This rightly protects victims of sexual crimes and promises swift punishment to sexual offenders who would seek to repeat their crimes.
2. SB 2227
Neutral
MS Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act; revise to include HMO subscriber contracts and certificates.
Analysis:
3. SB 2117
Good Policy
Occupational licensing boards; require prompt licensure and temporary practice permits for certain military applicants.
Analysis: This bill requires an occupational licensing board to provide an applicant with a temporary license or certification within 30 days of the application being filed, provided that the applicant is military or is a military spouse. While this bill does lessen regulatory hurdles for one type of citizen and is surely a step in the right direction, regulatory hurdles should be lessened broadly for every type of citizen. Occupational licensing is often needless and arbitrary, placing regulatory hurdles in front of Mississippians who are attempting to work and acquire gainful employment. Occupational Licensing boards are furthermore often staffed by individuals already active in the industry they are tasked with regulating and who only stand to gain personally by raising the standards that their would-be competitors must meet in order to compete against them in the market.
4. SB 2125
Good Policy
Veterans Form DD 214; provide for recordation by chancery clerk.
Analysis: This bill requires that all chancery clerks provide recordation of all military certifications to veterans free of charge.
5. SB 2309
Neutral
Compatibility of land use development with Mississippi military installations; require exchange of information.
Analysis: This bill requires that municipal and county governments in the immediate vicinity of military installations share with the leaders of the installation any land use plans and proposals. The bill does not give the military installation the power to effect the plans of the local government, only to review and provide comments.
6. SB 2403
Neutral
Veterans; create the Mississippi Veterans Honor Medal Program.
Analysis: This bill creates a new medal for all Mississippi veterans who are honorably discharged from duty. The bill stipulates that the cost of the medal will be offset by its sale.
7. SB 2510
Bad Policy
Foreign limited liability companies; revise administrative revocation.
Analysis: This bill grants the Secretary of State the power to administratively revoke the registration of a an otherwise authorized foreign limited liability company in the event that the that the company is found to be delinquent in any payments or tax owed to the state of Mississippi. The state should realize that having these businesses in the state helps our market thrive and our economy be more successful. The state should be actively searching for ways to incentivize businesses to locate in Mississippi, not creating new avenues to tax and remove them from the state.
8. SB 2273
Neutral
State Port Authority; extend repealer on provision allowing the use of design-build method of contracting.
Analysis: This bill extends an active repeal on a regulation that limits the "design-build" method of contracting for use by the State Port Authority.
9. SB 2061
Good Policy
Arrest warrant; opportunity for probable cause hearing before issuance.
Analysis: This bill requires that a judge determine, with or without a hearing, whether probable cause is clearly evident before an arrest warrant is issued against a person for an alleged criminal act. This will strengthen due process and help prevent frivolous prosecutions of Mississippians.
10. SB 2204
Bad Policy
Local government police vehicles; allow off-duty use under certain circumstances.
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.
11. SB 2509
Neutral
Failing school districts; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill continues the repeal of a regulation that authorizes the state board of education to appoint a new board to administer failing school districts.
12. 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.
13. SB 2717
Good Policy
Wildlife management areas; allow persons aged 60 and older to operate electric bicycles in.
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.
14. SB 2722
Bad Policy
Chronic wasting disease; require testing of white-tailed deer harvested in enclosures, and designate Class I and II violations.
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.
15. SB 2723
Neutral
Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; allow to extend deer hunting season till 6 p.m. Sunday when it ends on a Friday.
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.
16. 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.
17. SB 2554
Neutral
Oaths; revise officers authorized to administer.
Analysis: This bill gives Sheriffs and Police Chiefs the power to administer oaths.
18. SB 2557
Good Policy
Advocate confidentiality law; protect certain information held by rape crisis and domestic violence programs.
Analysis: This bill makes all communication between a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking and their certified advocate confidential. The availability of a completely confidential advocate for victims of these crimes is invaluable to their recovery.
19. SB 2555
Neutral
Child advocacy centers; immunity from civil liability.
Analysis: This bill offers protection to employees of child advocacy centers from the threat of having a civil suit brought against them on grounds pertaining to their work at the advocacy center. The purpose here is to allow these workers to feel more comfortable reporting and investigating incidents of possible child abuse and releasing information pertaining to these cases (in the good faith effort of helping the child) without fear of civil liability.
20. SB 2513
Good Policy
Livestock on highways; delete burden on owner of livestock to prove lack of negligence in an action for damages.
Analysis: As it stands, in the event of livestock wandering onto state roads and causing an accident, the burden is on the owner of the livestock to prove that he was not negligent in allowing the livestock to wander onto the road per state law. This is akin to holding that the livestock owner is guilty first, and must prove his innocence. This stipulation violates the principle of "innocent and until proven guilty" and this bill removes that stipulation from state law.
21. SB 2420
Neutral
Official corruption; grant concurrent jurisdiction over prosecution of to Attorney General.
Analysis: This bill grants the Attorney General the authority to prosecute official corruption cases if requested to by the State Auditor.
22. SB 2266
Neutral
Municipal courts; authorize to hold court at municipal detention facilities.
Analysis: This bill authorizes municipal judges to hold court at the designated detention center of that municipality.
23. SB 2583
Neutral
2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund; clarify provision relating to City of Guntown.
Analysis: This bill authorizes more allowable uses for funds from the 2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Improvements Fund in the city of Guntown. This does not amount to an increase in funding, only a change in what the funding is authorized to be used for in the city,
24. 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.
25. SB 2725
Good Policy
Hemp; create the Mississippi Hemp Cultivation Act.
Analysis: This bill legalizes the cultivation, transportation, processing and handling of hemp. Although this legalization come with heavy regulation, the legalization of hemp ultimately makes our markets and people freer and more prosperous.