Senate Calendar

LOCAL AND PRIVATE

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 1435
Not Rated
Lowndes County; authorize contributions to United Way of Lowndes County.
Analysis:
2. SB 3089
Not Rated
Panola County; exempt certain tracts of land from certain provisions of Individual On-Site Wastewater Disposal System Law.
Analysis:

IN CONFERENCE - GENERAL BILLS

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 287
Good Policy
Drug Intervention Courts; standardize references.
Analysis: This bill increases government efficiency and effectiveness in a program that promotes positive rehabilitation of non-violent offenders. This bill makes technical corrections to applicable language to insure proper application of law and functioning of the drug court system. This bill makes organizational/structural changes to the drug court system that result in increased efficiency and effectiveness.
2. HB 330
Neutral
Uninsured motorist coverage law; revise to prohibit insurance policy from paying certain losses if another insurance policy must pay for such.
Analysis: This policy neither expands nor contracts the size and scope of government. This policy change eliminates the paying of duplicate claims to joined parties for the same incident.
3. HB 525
Bad Policy
Corrections omnibus bill; enact.
Analysis: This bill changes an immense amount of code section. Numerous, detailed changes in code sections more often than not result in unintended consequences, some of which can be crippling to the efficiency of government agencies and departments. Omnibus bills in general are bad policy. Representatives and Senators are faced with either voting for bad things in these huge bills to get the few good things in them or voting against the few good things because of all the bad things. Just as our founding documents were written, our state laws should also be written and constructed in a manner in which the average individual with a basic knowledge of civics and who is moderately engaged in the goings-on their state government can read, interpret, and gain a healthy understanding with the need for input from a lawyer, scholar, or government official.
4. HB 796
Good Policy
Habitual offender; revise penalties for.
Analysis: This bill encourages the positive reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals as contributing members in our communities. Government should reduce excessive punishments on individuals in keeping with the Eighth Amendment to our Constitution.
5. HB 929
Neutral
Reentry for offenders; bring forward certain sections relating to.
Analysis: This bill in its current form does not change existing law. However, this bill brings forward code section allowing for amendments to be made at a later time. This process reduces government transparency, provides an avenue for bad legislation to go unchecked until the very end of the legislative process, and reduces citizens' representation in decision-making through their elected representatives as active participation in this process is often limited to a select few members of the Legislature appointed to serve on conference committees. This action requires greater scrutiny of this bill and may result in its policy rating being changed as this bill moves through the legislative process.
6. HB 1008
Bad Policy
Medicaid; make technical amendments to services, manage care and assessment provisions.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending. This bill also brings forward code sections for amending at a later time. This policy reduces government transparency and accountability.
7. HB 1077
Good Policy
Open account; revise definition and require account creditor to send demand to current address of account debtor through certain means.
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.
8. HB 1174
Neutral
Department of Corrections; authorize to provide for hospice care services to inmates with a terminal illness.
Analysis: This bill removes unnecessary restrictions to the proper functioning of the Department of Corrections as it relates to providing care for terminally ill inmates. Government should, when possible, remove unnecessary restrictions on its own ability to effectively and efficiently operate in its proper role.
9. SB 2035
Bad Policy
Hunting; allow air guns, air bows and pre-charged pneumatic weapons, and authorize special seasons for CWD sample collection.
Analysis: This bill expands the scope of government and authorizes additional restrictions on individual liberty. This bill limits the use of certain weapons when hunting deer to private lands only. (See lines 43 – 46) In addition, this bill redefines the state government’s definition of “primitive weapons" to add additional types of weapons over which government claims authority to regulate the use of when hunting. *This bill contains a reverse repealer. Therefore, the rating of this bill is subject to change as it moves through the legislative process.