Senate Calendar

APPROPRIATIONS

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 106
Bad Policy
State budget; revise provisions in several FY21 appropriation bills.
Analysis: This bill makes specific changes to numerous FY21 appropriations from Special Fund sources. Special Funds contribute significantly to cronyism and a reduction of transparency and accountability in government.
2. HB 109
Neutral
Budget process; update various sections relating to.
Analysis: This bill removes language that is no longer applicable and preserves the sound policy of 98% allocation of the general funds for this fiscal year.
3. HB 1290
Neutral
Attorney General; allow salaries of assistants to exceed statutory limitation under certain circumstances.
Analysis:

FINANCE

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 136
Not Rated
Individual bond; require for public officers and employees handling or having the custody of public funds.
Analysis:
2. HB 509
Good Policy
Unemployment compensation; allow withholding of state income tax.
Analysis: While it would probably be in the best interest of the taxpayers to not have unemployment compensation be subject to further taxes, this bill allows for the tax deduction to be made on the front end of the payment.
3. HB 511
Bad Policy
Amusement ride operating permit decal; revise period for issuance.
Analysis: This bill amends the issuing period for amusement ride decals in a way that adds unnecessary restrictions to business operations. In addition, the specific changes are in direct conflict with existing language in the statute which could potentially result in increased government inefficiency. *See lines 11-12 & lines 30-32 in the Strike-Through version of the bill
4. HB 512
Bad Policy
ABC agents/inspectors; revise certain provisions regarding powers of.
Analysis: This bill seeks to expand the power of ABC agents by removing code wording that explicitly states that nothing in the section shall be construed as granting agents and inspectors of the alcoholic beverage control division general police powers. The current actions of ABC are already wildly beyond the intended scope of government and thus deserves to be curtailed not expanded.
5. HB 516
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue; allow department appraisers to receive certain pay increases upon completing certain training.
Analysis: This is a back door attempt to approve mass pay increase for county tax assessors and their employees.
6. HB 519
Good Policy
Motor vehicle license tags; remove requirement for apportioned vehicles to have decal with expiration month/year on tag.
Analysis: This bill eliminates the requirement to physically place new decals on apportioned vehicles every year. The government should continually find new ways to reduce waste and unnecessary requirements placed on businesses and individuals.
7. HB 572
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Analysis:
8. HB 667
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; delete requirement for immediate permit revocation for certain prohibited sales.
Analysis: This bill increases individual freedom and liberty by removing a government mandate that requires a business owner immediately lose his or her ability to participate in the state’s flawed alcohol regulatory system. Ideally government should eliminate its regulations on the free exchange of goods and services to the fullest extent possible.
9. HB 1284
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue License Tag Acquisition Fund; revise certain provisions regarding.
Analysis: This bill decreases government accountability and transparency by removing the requirement that the Department of Revenue License Tag Acquisition Fund receive an appropriation from the Legislature for its operations and moves this fund back to a special fund agency. This action is a reversal of the 2016 legislation enacted to streamline the funding process and increase accountability and transparency in government spending. By returning this fund to a special fund agency status, expenditures will not have direct oversight by the Legislature. Appropriation is a core function of the Legislature, the authority of which should not be ceded to agency and department heads who not accountable to the people of Mississippi.
10. HB 82
Bad Policy
Community or junior colleges; authorize to administer construction contracts of $1,000,000.00 or less, and exempt certain oversight.
Analysis: This bill reduces government transparency and accountability by removing authority and oversight of bond funds. Government should preserve its proper functions necessary to verify government spending is efficient. The Department of Finance and Administration is tasked with the responsibility of oversight and should retain such authority without exemptions unless the net benefits of increased efficiency such exemptions exceed the potential for inefficiency and mismanagement in government building projects and associated maintenance.
11. HB 425
Good Policy
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions regarding when an application for change of property assessment may be made.
Analysis: Allows assessors the ability to use knowledge of unique property circumstances to change, cancel, or decrease the tax assessment. This bill allows greater flexibility for ensuring taxes are assessed correctly. *This bill brings forward numerous code sections. This action requires greater scrutiny of this bill as it moves through the legislative process. Code sections “brought forward" are opened up for amending. Significant deviations from this bill's initial intent due to language changes made at any time during the legislative process may result in its policy rating being changed if such deviations violate the principles of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.
12. HB 499
Neutral
Qualified equity investment tax credits; extend authority of Mississippi Development Authority to allocate.
Analysis: This bill continues an existing tax credit for an additional three years. Ideally, government should reduce its overall spending which in turn would result in taxpayers keeping more of their own money.
13. HB 520
Bad Policy
Use tax; revise certain provisions regarding funds distributed to municipalities/counties for road improvements.
Analysis: This bill reduces government accountability by allowing municipalities/counties to accumulate debt, which is purported to be for road and bridge improvements, which utilizes future use taxes as collateral and/or guarantee of payment. Government should operate using the funds it has available.
14. HB 638
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; revise various provisions relating to distilleries.
Analysis: This bill increases individual liberty to operate in a flawed system. This bill expands the ability of distilleries to sell on-premises; however, it maintains the government monopoly on wholesale alcoholic beverage in the state of Mississippi. This is not the proper role of government. Individuals should be free to participate in the free market to the fullest extent possible, and the only role the government should play in this is to protect and preserve individuals freedom and liberty and, in all other things, get out of the way.
15. HB 945
Not Rated
Light wine, beer and light spirit product; revise number of qualified electors required to petition for election to prohibit or authorize.
Analysis:
16. HB 955
Good Policy
Abandoned mobile homes; establish a procedure to dispose of.
Analysis: This bill provides individual property owners with a mechanism with which to offset debts owed and/or have abandoned mobile homes legally removed from their property. The bill clarifies existing law and adds language to establish a navigable process for landowners in line with existing procedures for civil action.
17. HB 997
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; remove DOR from being wholesale distributor, authorize issuance of wholesaler's permits.
Analysis: This bill dismantles the state's monopoly on wholesale alcohol distribution within its borders. This action is a positive move toward free market principles. It also converts its “markup” (which is thought of as the “profit”) of 27.5% to a tax of 18% on the gross proceeds of private wholesalers. All other taxes on alcohol will remain.This tax is still too high and is in addition to existing excise taxes already levied on these goods. The fee prescribed by this bill for the new wholesaler’s permit is $5,000. (See line 925)
18. HB 1091
Neutral
Light wine, light spirit product and beer; authorize microbreweries and revise various sections of law.
Analysis: This bill adds additional categories of businesses to the state’s existing statutes, which expands regulated access resulting in the appearance of increased individual freedom. However, this bill simply expands the scope of the existing flawed system regulating alcohol in the state of Mississippi. Government should eliminate the regulations currently in place concerning alcohol in our state. The proper role of government is to protect individuals’ ability to participate in the free market.
19. HB 1135
Neutral
Alcoholic beverages; create delivery service permit.
Analysis: This bill creates a new permit under the state’s existing statutes, which expands regulated access resulting in the appearance of increased individual freedom. However, this bill simply expands the scope of the existing flawed system regulating alcohol in the state of Mississippi. Government should eliminate the regulations currently in place concerning alcohol in our state. The proper role of government is to protect individuals’ ability to participate in the free market.
20. HB 1139
Good Policy
Income, sales and use taxes; remove requirement that certain taxpayers pay June tax liability on or before June 25.
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability by removing a statutory pre-payment month instituted by the Legislature several years ago to fill a budget deficit. This bill returns the due date of tax liability in our state for the month of June to its pre-existing, consistent date in line with the due date for each month throughout the year.
21. HB 1137
Not Rated
Ad valorem tax; revise certain provisions regarding the determination of true value of land used for agricultural purposes.
Analysis:
22. HB 1095
Bad Policy
Department of Revenue; authorize to compromise and settle certain tax liabilities.
Analysis: This bill expands the power of government to collect tax liabilities it otherwise has been unable to collect. This bill also expands individual liberty by specifying that the Department of Revenue is authorized to compromise with individuals regarding their past due tax liabilities. Unfortunately, specific language in this bill severely limits individual liberty by removing statute of limitations protections in cases of misrepresentation, “whether intentionally or not.” (See lines 39-42) This bill currently has an amendment to add a reverse repealer waiting to be passed by the House floor. Therefore, the rating of this bill is subject to change as it moves through the legislative process.
23. HB 1197
Not Rated
Dual-phase design-build method of construction contracting; revise certain provisions of.
Analysis:
24. SN 31
Not Rated
John Walter Rounsaville, Madison, Mississippi, Mississippi Development Authority as the Executive Director, term effective immediately and the appointee shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
Analysis:

RULES

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 1062
Not Rated
Daylight saving time; observe year-round if federal law is amended to allow it.
Analysis:
2. HB 1323
Good Policy
Open meeting; authorize executive session for discussion of plans to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children.
Analysis: This bill preserves individuals’ privacy and potentially increases the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement activities focused on human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. *This bill also brings forward an additional code section with no changes in this bill in its current form.
3. HB 1326
Good Policy
Compact for a Balanced Budget; revise delegate membership and extend sunset provision.
Analysis: This bill establishes an interstate compact among Alaska, Georgia, Mississippi and North Dakota. The compact's goal is to pressure the federal government to add an amendment to the United States Constitution that would require Congress to pass budgets with particular rules. The compact authors hope that, if enough states adopt the compact, it would fast-track an eventual amendment that would ideally be passed by April 2021. In addition to the four states currently in the compact, compact supporters have targeted 24 other states to ratify the compact. This compact will also require congressional consent before it can be ratified.

LOCAL AND PRIVATE

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2031
Bad Policy
City of Louisville; extend the hotel and motel tax repeal date to July 1, 2025.
Analysis: This is a Hotel/Motel Tax that was implemented in 2013 for parks and recreation. This bill seeks to extend the tax to 2025 without a vote of the people of Louisville. Local governments should seek to lower the tax burden on every citizen, even those visiting their city. These local taxes are notorious for being voted in and remaining on the books in perpetuity.
2. SB 2032
Bad Policy
City of Olive Branch; authorize 1% tax on hotels and motels and issuance of bonds for tourism and parks and recreation.
Analysis: This is a Hotel/Motel Tax that the city of Olive Branch is asking for tourism, parks and recreation. Tourism, Parks and recreation are not a core function of government and local governments should seek to lower the tax burden on every citizen even those visiting their city. This bill would also allow the city to issue bonds on the projected proceeds of the tax putting more indebtedness on its citizens. These local taxes are notorious for being voted in and remaining on the books in perpetuity.
3. SB 2539
Bad Policy
Hinds County; authorize assessments on convictions, for improvements to courthouses and pretrial detention facilities.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending and decreases individual liberty by adding an additional fine to be assessed on certain individuals. This bill authorizes government-sanctioned inequality under the law through implementation of uneven justice in the name of raising funds for building and improvement projects.
4. SB 2776
Bad Policy
Noxubee County; authorize assessments on misdemeanor convictions and nonadjudications for capital improvements.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending and decreases individual liberty by adding an additional fine to be assessed on certain individuals. This bill authorizes government-sanctioned inequality under the law through implementation of uneven justice in the name of raising funds for building and improvement projects.
5. SB 2881
Bad Policy
City of Brookhaven; extend repeal date on the tax upon room rentals of hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast establishments.
Analysis: This bill reduces government accountability and increases government spending by extending a local tax beyond its voter approved expiration date. This tax was voted on by the citizens of Brookhaven and written into law with a set date to expire. This bill circumvents the citizen approval process to keep this tax in place.
6. SB 2882
Bad Policy
Lowndes County; increase amount that may be contributed to the United Way for fiscal years 2021-2023, and extend repealer.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending on functions outside of the proper role of government.
7. HB 1333
Not Rated
Town of Wesson; authorize the use of low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads.
Analysis:
8. HB 1334
Not Rated
Town of Georgetown; authorize use of low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public roads.
Analysis:
9. HB 1346
Not Rated
City of Guntown; authorize use of low-speed vehicles and golf carts on certain public streets.
Analysis:
10. HB 1335
Not Rated
Lincoln County; include food sold at county's civic center as retail merchandise when processing electronic payments for such merchandise.
Analysis:
11. HB 1418
Not Rated
Oakland/Yalobusha Natural Gas District; authorize expansion of natural gas distribution system.
Analysis:
12. HB 1434
Not Rated
Tallahatchie County; authorize contributions to Mid-State Opportunity, Inc.
Analysis:
13. HB 1435
Not Rated
Lowndes County; authorize contributions to United Way of Lowndes County.
Analysis:
14. HB 1438
Not Rated
City of Petal; authorize a tax on hotels, motels, bars and restaurants to promote tourism, parks and recreation.
Analysis:
15. SB 2974
Not Rated
City of Byram; extend repeal date on hotel and motel tax.
Analysis:
16. SB 3032
Not Rated
City of Pascagoula; extend the repeal date on tourism tax authorized to be levied on prepared food sold at restaurants.
Analysis:

MOTION TO RECONSIDER

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 631
Bad Policy
Law enforcement; allow off-duty use of official vehicles while performing security services in off-duty hours.
Analysis: This bill indirectly increases government spending and improperly allocates resources. Law enforcement vehicles are purchased with taxpayer money. Government should utilize the resources taxpayers purchased for the specific purpose for which they were purchased. Personal use of public property for private personal gain is a violation of ethics in government.
2. HB 634
Neutral
Firearms restriction; limit those by cities, counties and state agencies.
Analysis: This bill adds protection of individuals’ right to keep and bear arms by specifically prohibiting state agencies from adopting rules, regulations, or policies and from entering into contracts or rental agreement that restrict the possession, carrying, transportation, sale, transfer or ownership of firearms, or ammunition or their components. However, this bill reduces individual liberty by instituting protections for junior colleges and universities from civil suits and protection for board members from civil liability from claims filed by current enhanced carry licensees adversely affected by prohibitions from legally carrying firearms. (See lines 86 – 89) In addition, this bill contains language that reduces transparency by removing the requirement to post written notice on the door of a facility in which firearms are prohibited. This policy change could potentially lead to people violating a facility's policy regarding concealed firearms without even knowing it. (See lines 558 – 560) In a literal interpretation of the text of the bill, the word "OR" before "authorizing" effectually makes the written notice posted on the door optional.
3. HB 488
Good Policy
Libraries; authorize use of debit and credit cards.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor reduces the size of government. This bill provides individuals with additional options in methods of payment available at public libraries.
4. HB 382
Bad Policy
Chronic wasting disease; revise requirements for testing of white-tailed deer harvested within enclosures.
Analysis: This bill restricts individual liberty and adds additional burdens on property owners that are not necessary to preserve public safety. Existing statute provides wildlife personnel access to areas of suspected incidents of Chronic Wasting Disease. This bill expands government access to private property and institutes an initial $500 penalty and $1,000 subsequent penalties for violating the new reporting requirements.

FOR CONCURRENCE OR NONCONCURRENCE

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2062
Bad Policy
Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program; authorize an additional round for counties and municipalities.
Analysis: This bill proposes to increase government spending. However, the Committee Substitute has a reverse repealer which repeals the bill the day before it would go into effect. This action is another mechanism utilized by the Legislature to send this bill back to committee for further amending. As a result, the rating of this bill is subject to change as it moves through the legislative process.
2. SB 2725
Neutral
State Budget; bring forward certain provisions and transfer funds.
Analysis: This bill brings forward code sections dealing with the state budget for possible amendment at a later time. Therefore, this rating is subject to change as the bill moves through the legislative process.
3. SB 2834
Neutral
Mississippi Historic Site Preservation Fund Grant Program; establish within Department of Archives and History.
Analysis:

GENERAL

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SN 14
Not Rated
Andrea Adkins Sanders, McComb, Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services as Commissioner of Child Protection Services, term effective November 9, 2020.
Analysis:
2. HB 1312
Neutral
State Board of Cosmetology; extend repealer on.
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.
3. HB 354
Bad Policy
Municipal judges; authorize to order a defendant to remedy real property ordinance violations within a reasonable time period.
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.
4. HB 328
Neutral
State and Interstate highways; authorize Mississippi Transportation Commission and counties to contract for counties to maintain.
Analysis:
5. HB 632
Good Policy
'All Fuels Act of 2021'; establish.
Analysis:
6. HB 1030
Bad Policy
'Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act'; enact.
Analysis: This bill establishes irresponsible fiscal policy by forbidding reevaluation of a student's or student's family's income to determine continued eligibility for grants-in-aid to the student awarded based on financial need. (See lines 217 – 223) This policy establishes unequal access to education by raising student-athletes above the standards and requirements put in place for all college students when determining eligibility for aid money.
7. SN 2
Not Rated
Nancy Rea Luke Carpenter, Columbus, Mississippi, Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, six year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending January 1, 2026.
Analysis:
8. SN 3
Not Rated
Spencer J. (Spence) Flatgard, Ridgeland, Mississippi, Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, six year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending January 1, 2026.
Analysis:
9. SN 4
Not Rated
Edmond Earl Hughes, Jr., Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Board of Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, six year term beginning January 1, 2020 and ending January 1, 2026.
Analysis:
10. HB 100
Neutral
MS Telephone Solicitation Act; extend repealer on requirement that fees be deposited into State General Fund.
Analysis:
11. 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.
12. HB 974
Bad Policy
DPS; revise law regarding.
Analysis: This bill greatly expands the scope of authority granted to numerous classifications of personnel within DPS. In addition, this bill removes the Attorney General's oversight of contracts. (See line 297) This policy limits transparency and reduces accountability.
13. HB 1177
Neutral
General laws and journals of legislative sessions; copies of not provided to certain recipients of unless specifically requested.
Analysis:
14. HB 1213
Good Policy
State Personnel Board; require exempted agencies' reports to include quantifiable data and to be sent to SPB, PEER and LBO.
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.
15. HB 1263
Good Policy
Occupational licensing; provide for recognition of out-of-state licenses if applicants satisfy certain conditions.
Analysis: This bill reduces obstacles to work and encourages talented individuals to move to Mississippi, growing our population and our economy.
16. HB 135
Neutral
MS Critical Teacher Shortage Act of 1998; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts government.
17. HB 487
Neutral
County and public libraries; repeal certain provisions related to.
Analysis:
18. HB 504
Neutral
Commission on School Accreditation; clarify membership composition.
Analysis:
19. HB 633
Neutral
Computer science curriculum; require State Department of Education to implement in K-12 public schools.
Analysis:
20. HB 754
Neutral
Dyslexia education; revise provisions for determining student eligibility for IEP or 504 Plan.
Analysis:
21. HB 327
Neutral
Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts the size of government.
22. HB 928
Neutral
Commissioner of Corrections and community corrections; bring forward various 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.
23. HB 953
Good Policy
Homeowners' associations; regulate managing agents of and require financial reviews by.
Analysis: This bill maintains the proper role of state government. All political subdivisions within the jurisdiction of a state are subject to state authority. The Founders addressed the national government and state governments only. Therefore, it is incumbent upon a state government, in order to fulfill the role for which it was created, to ensure all political subdivisions with its jurisdiction, which includes homeowners’ associations, are accountable for the provision of services and functions for which they were created. Homeowners’ associations elect their board members and operate under bylaws akin to the manner in which municipal governments operate. This bill establishes clear, common sense guidelines outlining procedures for the handling of homeowners’ money to ensure accountability and transparency without added government intrusion or interference in the association’s day-to-day activities or increased burdens on operation.
24. HB 1181
Neutral
The MS Registered Agents Act; revise to include 'email address.'
Analysis: This bill does not expand the size, scope, or power of government. This bill adds an email address part of the information submitted to the state when filing for appointment as a registered agent.
25. HB 352
Neutral
Home inspector license; require applicants to undergo certain background checks.
Analysis: This bill adds background checks to the list requirements to qualify for a home inspector license in the state of Mississippi. The existing criteria for which a license may be denied includes a felony conviction or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere in the previous five years. Given the existing criteria, this bill does not expand government authority directly. However, government should continually work to reduce its restrictions, regulations, and barriers to employment to the fullest extent possible while preserving public safety.
26. HB 1075
Bad Policy
MS Credit Availability Act, Title Pledge Act, and Check Cashers Act; extend or remove repealer on certain provisions of.
Analysis: This bill expands the scope of government authority beyond its proper role and limits individual freedom and liberty to engage in the free exchange of goods and services. This bill reenacts code sections and extends the effective date of the legislation through 2026. Government should not preemptively interfere in the private business activities of individuals.
27. HB 992
Neutral
County port and harbor commission; provide that members hold appointment until successor appointed and installed.
Analysis: This bill neither expands nor contracts the size of government. This bill ensures continuity in the functioning of the county port harbor commission during lapses in member appointments.
28. HB 1211
Not Rated
Administrative hearing procedures for Commission on Marine Resources; revise to authorize executive director of Department of Marine Resources to make final decisions during.
Analysis:
29. HB 1288
Not Rated
Charter vessel operator's permit; create to authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages by the holder of.
Analysis:
30. HB 594
Not Rated
Coastal Wetlands Protection Act; revise definitions to include 'ordinary high water mark'.
Analysis:
31. 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.
32. HB 747
Good Policy
Work release program; authorize courts and sheriffs to assign certain convicted offenders to while confined in jail.
Analysis: This bill creates a mechanism for nonviolent offenders to actively begin paying fines and child support with the wages earned through the work release program. This bill promotes pre-emptive positive reintegration measures for incarcerated individuals. These measures will ease the transition from incarceration back into our communities.
33. HB 1034
Not Rated
Uniform Controlled Substances Act; revise schedules.
Analysis:
34. HB 8
Good Policy
UMMC property; revise leasing authority by removing certain minimum requirements of improvements to development.
Analysis: This bill provides an avenue to reduce government spending and encourages better use of resources. The bill enables UMMC to more efficiently lease property by removing restrictions on the terms of the lease.
35. HB 9
Neutral
MS Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy; name firing range as the 'Lieutenant Colonel Pat Cronin Firing Range.'
Analysis: This bill renames the MS Law Enforcement Officers’ Training Academy.
36. HB 213
Neutral
DFA; authorize Office of Surplus Property to administer the Federal Donation Program.
Analysis:
37. HB 1018
Not Rated
State buildings; name DPS Gulf Coast Regional Forensics Laboratory as the 'Gary T. Hargrove Memorial Forensic Laboratory.'
Analysis:
38. HB 1048
Neutral
Qualification deadline; change to February 1 for certain statewide, state district, county and county district offices.
Analysis: This bill brings forward code sections relating to payment of fees to qualify for elected office.
39. HB 104
Neutral
Board of Supervisors of Hancock County; revise salary of attorney hired to prosecute cases for county.
Analysis: This bill outlines the procedure for determining the salary of an attorney hired to prosecute cases in Hancock County as not exceeding 75% of the county judge's salary.
40. HB 87
Bad Policy
MDHS fraud investigators; provide they shall be law enforcement officers.
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)
41. HB 341
Not Rated
Motor carrier safety improvements; prohibit consideration of deployment of in determining an individual's employment status with motor carrier.
Analysis:
42. HB 356
Not Rated
Child abuse reports; expand immunity for making to include persons participating in resulting investigations.
Analysis:
43. HB 1012
Good Policy
Charitable solicitations; revise provisions relating to notice, demand and service of process.
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.
44. 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.
45. HB 1123
Bad Policy
Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013; revise funding and specify teaching standards.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending. A child's education, especially small children in their early stages of learning, is first and foremost the responsibility of parents. Expanding “Early Learning” is not fiscally responsible at this time. Furthermore, government should work to encourage family cohesion and parental responsibility not continually expand programs that provide safety nets for individuals’ choices.
46. HB 1179
Neutral
William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program; create.
Analysis: This bill attempts to consolidate and streamline Mississippi's education repayment programs.
47. HB 424
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate segment of MS Highway 44 in Marion County as the 'T.L. Wallace Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
48. HB 872
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate a segment of United States Highway 61 in Jefferson County as the 'Highway Patrol Lieutenant Troy Morris Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
49. HB 887
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate a segment of United States Highway 82 in Webster County as 'Corporal William Justin Cooper Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
50. HB 995
Neutral
Memorial highway; designate segment in Marshall County, Mississippi as the 'Representative Tommy Woods Memorial Highway.'
Analysis:
51. HB 576
Good Policy
Local System Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Fund; revise allocation formula.
Analysis: This bill increases government accountability and establishes responsible fiscal policy in the allocation of additional funds from the Local System Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Fund. This bill adds language to existing statute that ensures deficiencies are addressed before certification of eligibility for additional funds is granted. This bill institutes inspections necessary to verify existing deficiencies are in fact being addressed.
52. HB 108
Not Rated
Wireless Communication Commission; remove ITS control over.
Analysis:
53. HB 536
Bad Policy
Mississippi Department of Employment Security; revise various provisions regarding authority of.
Analysis: This bill increases government spending and encourages government dependence in a program that functions outside the proper role of government. This bill changes the definition of unemployment to provide payments to individuals who are receiving reduced voluntary payments in lieu of their standard weekly wage, as well individuals who do not work a specified number of hours each week resulting in inconsistent weekly wages. The latter could include nearly any individual working part-time in the food service sector. This bill has the serious potential to result in an insurmountable surge of unemployment benefit applications.
54. HB 849
Not Rated
State Workforce Investment Board; revise membership of.
Analysis:
55. HB 1301
Good Policy
Career and technical education; revise curriculum, instructor license requirements and certain assessments.
Analysis: This bill returns career and technical education to our state’s public schools in a meaningful way. This bill promotes individual liberty for our public school students by giving public school students viable options to pursue instead of the one-size-fits-all approach. This bill also decreases inefficiency in education bureaucracy by creating a statutory procedure to bring individuals who are skilled in trades and experienced in various professions into our public school classroom as licensed educators. Ideally parents should be in charge of their children’s education, but one cannot deny that public schools serve an integral role in the potential prosperity of our posterity. This bill provides much needed improvements in our state’s public education system to expand our state’s skilled labor force and provide students with skills for life. **This bill also brings forward code section relating to dual enrollment, which requires greater scrutiny of this bill as it moves through the legislative process. The rating of this bill is subject to change.
56. HB 95
Neutral
Nursing home administrators; delete repealer on licensure requirements for and authorize board to conduct background checks.
Analysis: The government should eliminate unnecessary licensure requirements. Such requirements place restrictions on individual freedom and liberty and discourage free markets. The proper role of government is to preserve individual freedom and liberty to the fullest extent possible while insuring the safety of its citizens.
57. HB 119
Good Policy
Harper's Grace Law; extend repealer on authority to research and dispense cannabidiol (CBD oil) for medical purposes.
Analysis: This bill, in theory, promotes individual freedom and liberty. Unfortunately, thus far its actual effects on increased access to potentially life-saving medical and therapeutic procedures and drug choices is subpar. Government should work to remove unnecessary restrictions, regulations, and barriers on the activities of individuals and limit interference in healthcare and the free market.
58. HB 160
Neutral
State Department of Health and State Board of Health; extend repealer on.
Analysis: The government should eliminate unnecessary licensure requirements. Such requirements place restrictions on individual freedom and liberty and discourage free markets. The proper role of government is to preserve individual freedom and liberty to the fullest extent possible while insuring the safety of its citizens.
59. HB 294
Good Policy
Hospices; delete repealer on authority for prescribing certain drugs without in-person visit with a patient.
Analysis: This bill reduces government interference in healthcare. The doctor – patient relationship should not be dictated by unnecessary government restrictions and mandates.
60. HB 1231
Bad Policy
Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund; create.
Analysis: This bill expands the size of government by creating a special fund for purposes outside the proper role of government and a new government board for the management of money taken from Mississippi taxpayers. In addition, this bill authorizes the utilization of specific sales tax revenue from one particular industry for funding.
61. HB 189
Neutral
Mississippi Persian Gulf War Memorial; authorize MSVA to move to another appropriate location.
Analysis: This bill does not allocate funds nor specify a new memorial location. While the government should acknowledge and honor those who serve to preserve freedom and liberty, this bill indicates the probability that previous legislation authorizing the placement of this memorial should have been more thoroughly vetted prior to passage in an effort to prevent a situation such as this.
62. 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.
63. HB 274
Bad Policy
Law enforcement officers; allow certain use of uniform, weapon, vehicle and equipment for disaster relief when off-duty.
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.
64. HB 1157
Good Policy
Golf carts and low-speed vehicles; allow municipalities to authorize operation on certain municipal streets.
Analysis: This bill removes an unnecessary restriction on individuals’ day freedom of movement within municipalities.
65. HB 1245
Neutral
MDOT; require maintenance of rights-of-way of state highways inside municipal limits with 10,000 or less population.
Analysis: This bill specifies the responsible party for maintenance of state highways inside specific municipal limits. While the government should seek to reduce overall spending, essential core functions of government must be maintained. These functions include the maintenance of our roads and their rights-of-way to ensure the safety of our citizens. The responsible party for performing this core function should be the state as the specific rights-of-way addressed in this bill are on state highways.
66. HB 320
Good Policy
Perpetual care cemeteries; authorize counties and cities to clean property of those not properly maintained.
Analysis: This bill provides a mechanism for counties and cities to address neglected perpetual care cemeteries integrating existing procedures regarding nuisance properties in conjunction with new code outlining procedures for obtaining repayment for services from trusts for the perpetual care cemeteries through the Secretary of State’s office. This bill makes positive changes to existing law by incorporating common sense solutions to real problems requiring specific actions within the proper role of government.
67. HB 359
Bad Policy
Municipally-owned utilities; may use accounting system accommodation for uncollectible customer indebtedness.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the transfer of money from taxpayers to fund a new government program to pay for assistance to low-income individuals. This is not the proper role of government.
68. HB 74
Not Rated
Emergency Telecommunications Services (911); extend repealer on.
Analysis:
69. HB 942
Neutral
Public utilities; authorize rate-regulated electric utilities to permit broadband provider use of the electric delivery system.
Analysis: This bill restricts individual liberty by removing private property protections. The proper role of government is to preserve and defend individuals’ right to property. This bill allows third party contractors to access private property without the need for permission from the property owner.
70. HB 761
Good Policy
State Veterans Affairs Board; revise powers and duties relating to the operation of the State Veterans Homes.
Analysis: This bill clarifies accountability requirements for the State Veterans Affairs Board. In addition, this bill specifically states contracted property management services are not authorized to dispose of obsolete property. This policy ensures public property will not be sold by contractors for private gain.
71. HB 1047
Not Rated
Nationally certified licensed school employees; delete caps on nurses and speech pathologists and add athletic trainers for salary supplements.
Analysis: