Bills Coming Out of Committee

Bill Number Bill Description
1. SB 2797
Not Rated
Mississippi State Asylum Records; provide procedures and exempt from confidentiality and privilege requirements.
Analysis:
2. SB 2552
Bad Policy
MS Comprehensive Workforce Training & Education Consolidation Act of 2004; extend repealer on code sections conformed to.
Analysis:
3. HB 384
Good Policy
Alcoholic beverages; authorize local authorities of wet jurisdiction to permit package retail sales on Sunday.
Analysis: This bill removes prohibition and allows local governments to permit the sale of alcohol on Sunday. This helps Mississippians have more choice and freedom, and removes unnecessary regulation.
4. HB 998
Bad Policy
Wildlife; provide that the state has a duty to protect and sustain for the public's benefit.
Analysis: The bill adds wildlife to definition of the state's heritage that Mississippi shall protect. The rest of the list is hunting, trapping, and fishing. This could lead to an increase in policing and government power. It would be good to ask questions on the purpose of this bill.
5. HB 1301
Bad Policy
Career coaching program; modify directive of Office of Workforce Development from piloting to implementing long term.
Analysis: This bill is appropriating money to the office of workforce development to hire career coaches for schools. School districts should take this upon themselves to implement career training instead of using more taxpayer money to pay non profits.
6. SB 2810
Not Rated
Office of Workforce Development; amend certain provisions relating to.
Analysis:
7. HB 390
Neutral
Historic property income tax credit; revise certain provisions regarding.
Analysis: This bill extends the amount of time a taxpayer can claim a rebate from one year to anytime after the certification of the rebate.
8. HB 374
Bad Policy
Wiretapping; authorize state and local law enforcement to use for human trafficking.
Analysis: While catching human traffickers is paramount to the wellbeing and safety of our state, this bill could potentially lead to warrantless spying on civilians. This is a violation of liberty.
9. SB 2851
Not Rated
Technology-based capital assistance programs; revise certain terms and amounts of assistance.
Analysis:
10. HB 1190
Neutral
Health benefit plan; authorize plan sponsor of to consent, on behalf of covered pensions, to delivery of all communications by electronic means.
Analysis: The bill allows for health benefit plans to email communications related to the plan to the covered persons.
11. SB 2224
Bad Policy
Insurance; prohibit insurer or third party payors from setting maximum dollar amount of reimbursement for proper ventilation treatment.
Analysis: This bill is an example of government overreach, attempting to regulate private insurance policies.
12. HB 876
Bad Policy
Columbia Training School Property; clarify purposes for which the Marion County Economic Development District may be reimbursed.
Analysis: Currently, there is a requirement that the property be sold at not less than fair market value as determined by at least 2 certified appraisers. This bill removes that requirement, and says it can be sold as in the interest of the public. This could lead to the selling of the property for very cheap to a special interest group.
13. HB 264
Neutral
Energy Efficiency standards on buildings; extend repealer on statute requiring certain buildings to meet.
Analysis: The bill extends a repealer on a requirement that new construction and alteration of government buildings promote efficient energy use.
14. SB 2652
Bad Policy
Mississippi Vulnerable Person Abuse Registry; create.
Analysis: This bill creates a Vulnerable Persons Abuse Registry, which may appear to be a good thing, but persons may be entered into the registry even if they were NOT convicted of a crime at all and could remain on the list indefinitely. The Registry would be open to the public for viewing. This violates due process and the right of individuals to clear their name by standing trial.
15. SB 2622
Bad Policy
Mississippi Prior Authorization Reform Act; enact.
Analysis: This bill is an overreach of government by inserting itself into contracts between individuals and private insurers.
16. HB 4
Bad Policy
Tianeptine; include in Schedule I controlled substance list.
Analysis: This bill completely bans the drug Tianeptine which is used by many people. This is a major overreach of government.
17. SB 2420
Neutral
Public Funds Offender Registry; create.
Analysis: The bill creates a public registry for those who have embezzled public funds and prohibits them from employment in local government.
18. HB 845
Bad Policy
Mississippi New Economic Development Training Assistance Grant Program; create.
Analysis: This bill allows for taxpayer dollars to be sent as a grant to junior colleges for training needs when new businesses move to Mississippi.
19. HB 484
Neutral
Petroleum Products Inspection Law; delete repealer on definitions and penalties under.
Analysis: The bill removes a repealer on the penalties for the petroleum products inspection law. It keeps in place the current process of penalties for faulty or dangerous pumps.
20. SB 2681
Not Rated
Mississippi Development Authority; extend and codify repealers on certain laws related to.
Analysis:
21. SB 2101
Bad Policy
Criminal law; increase penalties for crimes of fleeing a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and carjacking.
Analysis: This bill leads to more criminalization with no evidence that it leads to less crime.
22. HB 989
Bad Policy
Child Protection Services; remove from DHS and make it a separate agency.
Analysis: Creates a new government agency. In addition there is a 5 year repealer. How much will it cost to set up this new agency and if it repeals in 5 years how much would that cost?
23. SB 2203
Neutral
Public land in Rankin County; authorize DFA to assign property to state agencies and establish new Veterans Nursing Home.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the DFA to provide different state agencies parcels of land on a site owned by the state, and also allows for the establishment of a new veterans nursing home.
24. SB 2139
Neutral
Mississippi USA Semiquincentennial Commission and Mississippi Semiquincentennial Celebration Fund; create.
Analysis: The bill establishes a board and a fund to promote the 250th anniversary of America.
25. HB 1002
Bad Policy
Petroleum Products Inspection Law; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill on extending the repealer on the petroleum products inspection law included a section to allow the Southern Rail Commission to prepare grant applications to establish passenger rail services.
26. HB 1235
Neutral
Civil Air Patrol members; authorize granting of administrative leave and leave of absence to for certain emergency services.
Analysis: This bill allows for agencies to grant administrative leave for employees participating in official emergency service missions.
27. SB 2664
Not Rated
Appropriations; revise certain FY2023 appropriations and direct transfers.
Analysis:
28. HB 1140
Bad Policy
Beer, light wine and light spirit products; revise manufacturers prohibited from having interest in wholesalers or distributors.
Analysis: This bill is another example of government overreach telling businesses what they can and cannot do by prohibiting certain companies from having an interest in wholesalers or distributors.
29. HB 478
Good Policy
Occupational Therapy Licensure Compact; create.
Analysis: The occupational therapy compact allows for those with occupational therapy licenses in other states to offer services in Mississippi, as well as those within Mississippi to offer services in other states. This helps Mississippians access more services on the market and also helps Mississippians grow their businesses.
30. SB 2323
Bad Policy
Community hospitals; allow consolidation and collaboration involving other hospitals.
Analysis: This is an anti-free market bill that will initiate the process for a complete government takeover of our hospital system in the state and attempt to push out any competition for medical services by private hospitals.
31. HB 249
Neutral
MS Medical Cannabis Act; extend repealers to certain state laws for Departments of Health and Revenue in connection with.
Analysis:
32. HB 256
Neutral
Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corporation; extend repealer on requirement that audits be submitted by November 15.
Analysis: This bill extends the provision of law that requires the corporation to submit its annual audit to the ag department by november 15.
33. SB 2581
Bad Policy
Commission on College Accreditation; revise technical provision related thereto.
Analysis: Requires IHL to provide staff and equipment for the commission and allows IHL to charge the commission for these services.
34. HB 854
Neutral
Marriage and family therapists; revise certain requirements for licensure.
Analysis: this bill allows for more people to be licensed as family and marriage therapist by reducing clinical hours and increasing the accredited colleges that a person can receive a degree from.
35. SB 2673
Not Rated
Mississippi Real Estate Appraisal Board; make independent from Mississippi Real Estate Commission.
Analysis:
36. SB 2379
Not Rated
Code books; revise number required to be ordered from publisher.
Analysis:
37. SB 2100
Bad Policy
Receiving stolen property; revise the crime of.
Analysis: This bill removes judge discretion in the cases of receiving stolen firearms and motor vehicles by establishing mandatory minimums.
38. SB 2482
Not Rated
Motor vehicles; allow Department of Revenue to transmit liens and receive lien satisfactions electronically.
Analysis:
39. SB 2612
Not Rated
Construction; bring forward code sections concerning local permitting and State Board of Contractors licensing.
Analysis:
40. HB 920
Neutral
Radar; clarify how population is calculated.
Analysis: The bill just seeks to clarifies how the 2,000 person minimum for radar equipment is to be counted.
41. HB 697
Good Policy
Homeowner associations that provide water to its residents, certain; prohibit PSC from providing certain regulation of.
Analysis: While this bill is narrowly tailored to only apply to neighborhoods specifically within the City of Jackson, the bill will exempt homeowners associations from the public service commission's regulations in distributing water to the residents of its homeowners association allowing those neighborhoods to be more self-sufficient for the purpose of water supply apart from the City of Jackson.
42. SB 2697
Not Rated
Oil and gas severance taxes; extend repealers on lower rate for production from horizontally drilled wells.
Analysis:
43. HB 1160
Good Policy
State-forfeited tax lands; limit state agency, municipality, county, or other political subdivision of the state from intervening to quitclaim land after certain period of publication.
Analysis: This bill keeps government agencies from quitclaiming land before the bid period for the public has ended.
44. HB 1222
Bad Policy
The Mississippi Collaborative Response to Mental Health Act; create.
Analysis: This bill has a 25% tax increase on vapor products.
45. HB 769
Neutral
Harvey Moss Wildlife Management Area at Tuscumbia; designate Tuscumbia Wildlife Management Area as.
Analysis:
46. HB 1286
Neutral
Alcorn University Extension Annex; rename the 'Dr. Jesse Harness, Sr., Extension and Research Center'.
Analysis:
47. HB 519
Bad Policy
Landscape architects; authorize to participate with multi-disciplinary architecture firms.
Analysis: There are provisions in this bill that seek to overregulate firms and strip power away from engineers in multidisciplinary firms.
48. HB 843
Neutral
Mississippi Department of Employment Security; authorize to conduct background investigations on certain employees.
Analysis: This bill gives the Department of employment security the ability to fingerprint and conduct background checks on all employees that have access to federal tax information.
49. SB 2181
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tags; authorize for 2022 National Championship Rebels.
Analysis:
50. HB 231
Bad Policy
Tobacco education, prevention and cessation program; add fentanyl and drug abuse prevention education.
Analysis: This bill spends more government money on drug education. There is no report on how much money is being spent on this type of program and there is no report to show if this is even accomplishing anything.
51. HB 1194
Bad Policy
County boards of supervisors; authorize to make contributions to Main Street programs.
Analysis: This bill allows taxpayer dollars to be given to a non profit organizations as well as to be spent erecting statues.
52. HB 534
Neutral
Drug Intervention Courts; standardize references.
Analysis: The bill adds helping with fentanyl and drug abuse to its definition of the purpose of drug intervention courts
53. HB 702
Neutral
Reverse auction; revise method of receiving bids through for agencies and governing authorities.
Analysis: The bill provides a process for state agencies to prove that a reverse auction is not in the best interest of the agency and to develop a better way to receive bids for the item.
54. SB 2309
Not Rated
MS Department of Archives and History property; add parcel known as 'The Old Magnolia Church' for transfer to U.S. Park Service.
Analysis:
55. HB 1211
Bad Policy
Counties and municipalities; authorize to enter into certain agreement when utilizing certain federal funds.
Analysis: County board of supervisors are not currently allowed to enter into spending contracts in the last 6 months of their terms. This bill allows them to do so as long as they are spending money the federal government is shipping down. This could lead to wasteful spending and misuse of taxpayer dollars.
56. SB 2227
Not Rated
Federal Home Loan Banks; provide certain rights and procedures regarding collateral.
Analysis:
57. SB 2526
Not Rated
Pat Harrison Waterway District; authorize municipalities to join.
Analysis:
58. SB 2717
Good Policy
Department of Information Technology Services; require to report ransomware incidents and revise provisions related thereto.
Analysis: This bill provides oversight and requires the state to provide reports on ransomware attacks.
59. SB 2564
Not Rated
Mississippi Comprehensive Coastal Conservation and Restoration Act of 2023; enact.
Analysis:
60. SB 2623
Not Rated
Mississippi State and School Employees Life and Health Insurance Plan Task Force; establish.
Analysis:
61. SB 2531
Neutral
Highways; recognize Representative Alyce Clarke and amend dedication rules for members of public office.
Analysis: The bill removes the provision that elected officials still in office cannot have roads or bridges named after them.
62. HB 875
Neutral
Public purchases; revise bidding requirements for certain projects and other related to Mississippi Landmarks.
Analysis: The bill puts into place requirements to make bids for construction done for state agency be more detailed and specific. This could help prevent wasting taxpayer dollars on overpaying for contracts.
63. SB 2454
Not Rated
Budget; bring forward code sections related to and provide for transfers.
Analysis:
64. HB 1170
Neutral
Motor vehicles and manufactured homes; authorize Department of Revenue to issue electronic liens and titles.
Analysis: This bill allows the DOR to issue liens and titles for cars and manufactured homes electronically.
65. SB 2749
Bad Policy
School board members; increase pay.
Analysis: This bill is waste of taxpayer money
66. SB 2817
Neutral
Mississippi Burn Center; bring forward code sections for possible amendment.
Analysis:
67. SB 2663
Not Rated
Mississippi Historic Site Preservation Fund; revise grant eligibility and require annual report.
Analysis:
68. SB 2444
Not Rated
ARPA programs; bring forward provisions related to for possible amendment.
Analysis:
69. SB 2381
Not Rated
Medicaid; authorize liquidated damages in requests for proposals, bring forward provision related to.
Analysis:
70. HB 536
Bad Policy
MSU; amend authority to enter into a long-term lease for housing and retail purpose to extend the original lease term to 65 years.
Analysis: This bill extends a long-term lease for MSU for the purposes of developing housing and/or retail space for the benefit of the university.
71. SB 2054
Good Policy
Appointed state officers; provide for the removal of for certain forms of willful neglect.
Analysis: This bill provides for the removal of a state officer from their office for neglecting their duties. This protects Mississippians from officers not performing and wasting taxpayer money.
72. HB 518
Bad Policy
Local Provider Innocation Grant Program; revise certain provisions of.
Analysis: This bill grows the size of government and our health system's reliance on government by using more taxpayer dollars to fund medical facilities.
73. SB 2608
Neutral
United States Space Force; references to 'Armed Forces' in Mississippi law shall include members of.
Analysis:
74. SB 2018
Good Policy
Sales tax; remove tax on wholesale sales of beer.
Analysis: This bill simplifies the taxing code for the wholesale of beer.
75. HB 259
Neutral
Medical radiation technologists; extend repealers on registration statutes.
Analysis: This bill deletes the repealer on the law for the continuing education requirements for medical radiation technologists.
76. SB 2543
Not Rated
Chronic wasting disease; bring forward code sections for the purpose of possible amendment.
Analysis:
77. HB 401
Bad Policy
Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission Law; revise certain provisions relating to a manufacturer's ownership of motor vehicle dealership.
Analysis: This bill is a restriction on the free market by disallowing car manufacturers from selling their own cars, unless they only sell electric vehicles. This is an unnecessary regulation
78. HB 584
Bad Policy
Qualified Health Center Grant Program; clarify that amount specified for grants under is minimum amount to be issued.
Analysis: This bill increases the amount the state can spend of taxpayer dollars for grants on health centers.
79. SB 2648
Not Rated
Financial Institutions; Earned wages access.
Analysis:
80. HB 999
Bad Policy
Sales tax; deposit portion of revenue into the Mississippi Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund.
Analysis: This bill is appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars to the outdoor stewardship trust fund, which is an unnecessary government program.
81. HB 904
Bad Policy
Tombigbee River Valley Water Management District; authorize to transfer Kemper Lake to Kemper County Board of Supervisors.
Analysis: This bill transfers the Kemper Lake to the Kemper County board of supervisors and then gives them the authority to transfer it to any water management district they chose and exempts it from the normal bid requirement in the code.
82. HB 1158
Good Policy
Medical Cannabis Act; revise certain provisions of.
Analysis: This bill prevents the medical board from adding overregulatory requirements.
83. HB 839
Bad Policy
The 'Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Rights and Authorities Act'; create.
Analysis: This bill violates property rights by allowing drones to fly over private property without permission.
84. HB 485
Neutral
Sexual assault evidence kit; regulate the processing of.
Analysis: This bill clarifies the time in which a rape kit must be processed.
85. HB 1213
Neutral
Water Infrastructure Grant Program; DEQ shall give priority to applicants not receiving sufficient funding in first round grants.
Analysis: This bill directs the DEQ to give priority to applicants that did not receive sufficient funding in the first round of the water infrastructure grant program for the second round of funding for water and sewer systems.
86. HB 1169
Neutral
Income tax; revise method of collecting delinquent tax from public officers and employees.
Analysis: This bill allows for public employees who have not paid their state income tax when it is due to elect to have 50% of their paycheck withheld until it is paid instead of having their entire check withheld.
87. HB 968
Bad Policy
Sales Tax and use tax; exempt sales of certain computer software and computer software services.
Analysis: This bill is adding a new tax to computer software services.
88. SB 2451
Not Rated
Income tax; exclude forgiven, cancelled or discharged federal student loan debt from definition of 'gross income.'
Analysis:
89. SB 2678
Not Rated
Department of Child Protection Services; separate agency from the Department of Human Services.
Analysis:
90. HB 1195
Bad Policy
Retirement; allow certain members of PERS to purchase up to three years of creditable service.
Analysis: This bill costs taxpayers money by expanding the list of those on PERS.
91. HB 1101
Neutral
Corporations and LLCs; authorize determination notices and certificates of administrative dissolution to be served by email to registered agent.
Analysis: This bill allows the secretary of state to serve notices to corporations and LLC's by email.
92. HB 1061
Bad Policy
Electric transmission infrastructure; prescribe requirements for issuance of certificate of public convenience and necessity.
Analysis: This bill would prevent private solar companies from setting up independent power producing facilities in order to sell power to other electric power companies, ultimately limiting the market for solar power production in the state to the large power suppliers.
93. SB 2545
Neutral
Highways; Dedicate a section of Highway 35 to Constable Raye Hawkins.
Analysis:
94. SB 2218
Not Rated
Third-party service; prohibit from using name, likeness, trademark or intellectual property of merchant without agreement.
Analysis:
95. SB 2532
Neutral
Highways and Transportation; dedicate the Second Creek Bridge to Boyd Sojourner.
Analysis:
96. SB 2588
Neutral
'Commissioner Dick Hall Hospitality Station'; MDOT to designate Warren County Welcome Center as.
Analysis:
97. SB 2589
Bad Policy
West Rankin Parkway; expand permission for use of federal funds.
Analysis: This bill expands the amount of federal tax dollars that can be used for a local highway.
98. SB 2533
Neutral
Highways and Transportation; dedicate the Second Creek Bridge on Liberty Road to James Carter.
Analysis:
99. SB 2529
Neutral
Highways; dedicate a section of Highway 145 to Bishop Leroy Horne.
Analysis:
100. SB 2492
Not Rated
Electric vehicle charging; allow by non-utilities while maintaining consumer protections.
Analysis:
101. HB 1041
Neutral
State depositories; revise certain definitions relating to align with federal regulatory standards.
Analysis: The bill revises the definition for regulatory capital to align with federal standards
102. HB 396
Bad Policy
Tourism Project Sales Tax Incentive Program; extend authority of MDA to approve participants for projects.
Analysis: This bill grows the amount of entities that can receive government money for tourism.
103. HB 371
Neutral
Bonds; revise purposes for which proceeds of bonds authorized for City of Union.
Analysis: This bill allows for the city of Union to use bonds issued to them to pay for the cost of repairing roads.
104. HB 388
Bad Policy
Income tax; revise local governmental entities that may collect debt by a setoff against a debtor's refund.
Analysis: This bill allows local governments and boards of corporations appointed by local government to take your tax refund to pay for your water or trash bill
105. HB 1168
Neutral
Municipal special sales tax; revise use of revenue for certain.
Analysis: While getting rid of special sales taxes would be the preferred option, this bill at least seeks to limit its use to only paying for upgrades and improvements on water infrastructure. This could help curb government waste.
106. HB 208
Neutral
Computer science curriculum; clarify terminology to specify who may provide instruction in.
Analysis: This bill expands the definition to allow paraprofessionals to teach computer science type courses in schools, allowing for more options and alternatives.
107. HB 1392
Bad Policy
MS Vulnerable Persons Abuse Registry; require Department of Human Services to establish.
Analysis: This bill creates a Vulnerable Persons Abuse Registry, which may appear to be a good thing, but persons may be entered into the registry even if they were NOT convicted of a crime at all and could remain on the list indefinitely. The Registry would be open to the public for viewing. This violates due process and the right of individuals to clear their name by standing trial.
108. HB 675
Neutral
State Veterans Affairs Board; revise provisions regarding processing appeals of claims.
Analysis:
109. HB 860
Neutral
'MS Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act' and 'Uniform Athlete Agents Act'; bring forward.
Analysis:
110. HB 252
Neutral
Festival wine permits; extend repealers on authority to issue and certain provisions relating to.
Analysis: This bill extends the repealer to exempt festival wine permit holders from being forced to buy their alcohol from the DOR's distribution warehouse. This does promote some free market principles, but the more free market solution would be to abolish the DOR warehouse and its' monopoly.
111. SB 2534
Not Rated
Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; require additional regulation of freshwater fishing guides.
Analysis:
112. SB 2839
Not Rated
Public Improvement District Act; amend to allow municipality to perform duties and exercise powers in certain circumstances.
Analysis:
113. SB 2369
Not Rated
Department of Human Services; extend repealers on certain sections relating to.
Analysis:
114. HB 815
Neutral
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Analysis:
115. HB 772
Neutral
Mississippi Opal; designate as official state gemstone.
Analysis:
116. HB 254
Neutral
Petroleum Products Inspection Law; extend repealers on definitions and penalties under.
Analysis: The bill extends a repealer on the penalties for the petroleum products inspection law. It keeps in place the current process of penalties for faulty or dangerous pumps
117. SB 2729
Not Rated
Limitation of liability requirements for information technology contracts; clarify.
Analysis:
118. SB 2446
Not Rated
Appropriation; make technical amendments to certain transfers, and FY2023 appropriations.
Analysis:
119. HB 64
Bad Policy
Licensed child care facilities; require to purchase and maintain a certain minimum amount of liability insurance.
Analysis: This bill is requiring private businesses to purchase a million dollar liability insurance plan. This is an overreach of government.
120. SB 2003
Neutral
Highways; Dedicate a section of Highway 12 to G. Louis Jones.
Analysis:
121. SB 2180
Not Rated
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Analysis:
122. HB 16
Good Policy
Election commissioner; revise office of to be nonpartisan.
Analysis: This bill makes the election for Election Commissioners a non-partisan race, where candidates do not declare any party affiliation.
123. SB 2127
Neutral
Terroristic threats; revise elements of.
Analysis: The bill just clarifies some language in regard to "cede to the person's demands"
124. HB 402
Bad Policy
Fleeing law enforcement; increase penalties for the crime of.
Analysis: This bill increases criminalization in the state, and is a step back for criminal justice reform.
125. HB 535
Neutral
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Analysis:
126. HB 405
Neutral
Bribery of a candidate; revise statute of limitations.
Analysis: The bill establishes a 5 year statute of limitations for bribery of a candidate.
127. HB 538
Neutral
Pat Harrison Waterway District; provide county withdrawal from district not effective until close of FY in which county obligations met.
Analysis: The bill clarifies that if a county wishes to withdraw from the waterway district, it will not become effective until the end of the fiscal year.
128. HB 1032
Neutral
'Mississippi Security Drone Act of 2023'; enact to prohibit the purchase of unmanned aircraft systems from non-U.S. manufacturers.
Analysis: This bill requires that any government agency seeking to purchase a drone or drone equipment must do so from a US based manufacturer.
129. HB 1123
Bad Policy
Delivery of payment services; regulate.
Analysis: This bill allows the government to regulate private business and dictate how companies write their contracts and terms.
130. HB 988
Bad Policy
Mississippi Youth Career and Workforce Preparation Grant Program; create.
Analysis: This bill allows the state to appropriate money for grants to non profit after school programs.
131. HB 842
Neutral
Office of Workforce Development; authorize to work with MS Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy to create an accountability system for certain nonprofits.
Analysis: The bill creates a system that would add accountability and transparency for nonprofits receiving state dollars and require them to regularly submit financial information.
132. HB 1299
Bad Policy
Pharmacy benefit managers; require to make available to the public, without redaction, contracts relating to pharmacy benefit management services.
Analysis: This bill is a major overreach of government, regulating pharmacy benefit managers, requiring them to make public their private contracts and creating new fines for their noncompliance.
133. HB 844
Bad Policy
Office of Workforce Development; revise funding mechanism for and create Mississippi K-12 Workforce Development Grant Program.
Analysis: There is a provision in this bill that allows for the Office of Workforce Development to enter into NDA's to support economic development activities and customize training for new industries. This is a misuse of taxpayer dollars.
134. HB 588
Bad Policy
MS Workforce Training and Education Act; extend repealer on the act and in 2004 chapter law for conforming code sections.
Analysis: This bill funds a state agency to spend taxpayer money on workforce development, which is not a core function of government, as well as funds a 20+ member board to waste more money.
135. SB 2595
Bad Policy
ARPA Workforce Development and Retention Act; provide expiration date of grant funds.
Analysis:
136. SB 2597
Bad Policy
Mississippi Comprehensive Workforce Training and Education Consolidation Act of 2004; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
137. SB 2556
Not Rated
Qualifications for appointment as a conservation officer; clarify.
Analysis:
138. SB 2542
Neutral
Highways; dedicate a section of Highway 8 to Jeremy Allen Voyles.
Analysis:
139. HB 1167
Neutral
Residential builders and remodelers; revise license examination for certain license applicants.
Analysis: This bill creates a second licensing method for builders and remodelers to allow for more people to be licensed. It allows someone already licensed by a city or county and with a passed ICC examination to be licensed by the board.
140. SB 2547
Neutral
Highways; Dedicate a section of Highway 315 to Nolan Mettetal.
Analysis:
141. HB 1226
Neutral
Excavations; provide for impending emergencies and extend notification period for.
Analysis: The bill clarifies what an impending emergency excavation is and sets the requirement that Mississippi 811 will need to be contacted to 3 days instead of 2 days before the excavation is done.
142. HB 1266
Neutral
Mississippi USA Semiquincentennial Commission and Mississippi Semiquincentennial Celebration Fund; create.
Analysis: The bill establishes a board and a fund to promote the 250th anniversary of America.
143. HB 1217
Neutral
Court interpreters; revise program under the Administration of the Administrative Office of Courts.
Analysis: The bill grants non or limited english speaking people the right to have an interpreter in court.
144. HB 726
Neutral
Supreme court, court of appeals, chancery courts and circuit courts; bring forward code sections related to.
Analysis:
145. HB 838
Bad Policy
Mississippi Tianeptine and Kratom Consumer Protection Act; create.
Analysis: This bill is an overreach of government and promotes prohibition policies on tianeptine which many people use.
146. HB 444
Bad Policy
Offense of failing to execute parental responsibility of a child; establish.
Analysis: This bill is creating a new crime and increasing criminalization in our state. This is an unnecessary growth in government power.
147. HB 1162
Not Rated
Reciprocal insurance; revise sworn declaration requirements of and board of directors for.
Analysis:
148. HB 1161
Good Policy
Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact; enact.
Analysis: This bill authorizes Mississippi to join with other states to enter into a compact to streamline teacher licensing to make it easier for teachers to move across states to teach. This would increase the pool of teachers that Mississippi could hire.
149. HB 1172
Not Rated
Federal home loan banks; define term and provide process for handling delinquent insurer's secured claim.
Analysis:
150. HB 1136
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize issuance to supporters of the Mississippi Road Builders Association.
Analysis:
151. HB 723
Bad Policy
Mississippi Transit Corporation; establish and create study committee.
Analysis: This bill creates a study committee to study how to spend more taxpayer money on rail transit.
152. HB 133
Neutral
'Mississippi Joint Municipal Law Enforcement Act'; create.
Analysis: The bill allows for municipalities within the same county to join their police forces. This could help save taxpayers money and help smaller towns be able to be better policed.
153. SB 2613
Good Policy
Nonemergency transportation providers; extend date by which providers may provide service without a permit.
Analysis: This bill extends the date that nonemergency transportation services can provide the services without getting a permit.
154. SB 2616
Not Rated
Real Estate Commission; decrease fees charged by.
Analysis:
155. HB 850
Good Policy
School ad valorem tax levy; authorize levying authority for certain districts to approve/disapprove request for certain increases.
Analysis: This bill allows the board of supervisors to disprove tax increases through school board ad valorem requests.
156. SB 2649
Not Rated
Minority; remove for beneficiaries of certain insurance policies.
Analysis:
157. SB 2596
Good Policy
Mississippi Nonprofit Transparency Act; create.
Analysis: This bill requires any state agencies that gives a grant, subgrant, or contract to a nonprofit to report to the Secretary of State.
158. SB 2590
Bad Policy
Mississippi State University authority to lease property for public-private partnership student housing; increase term.
Analysis: This bill extends a long-term lease for MSU for the purposes of developing housing and/or retail space for the benefit of the university.
159. HB 1191
Bad Policy
Pet insurance; create legal framework by which it may be sold in the state.
Analysis: It is not a core function of government to regulate pet insurance.
160. HB 1200
Neutral
Dyslexia Therapy Scholarship for Students with Dyslexia Program; expand to allow certified academic language therapists (CALT); to provide dyslexia therapy services.
Analysis: This bill allows for certified academic language therapists to be employed by school districts to help with dyslexia students covered under the dyslexia scholarship. This helps increase the amount of therapists available to help those in need.
161. HB 1139
Not Rated
Simple assault; authorize judicial discretion when assessing fines.
Analysis: The bill changes the language from shall to may, this language is confusing as to whether the maximum is optional due to the change of language to may. Questions should be asked on the language change to determine if may refers to the maximum amount provided.
162. SB 2653
Good Policy
Nonprofit corporations which receive public funds; require reporting to Secretary of State.
Analysis: This bill can help with transparency with taxpayer dollars by requiring nonprofits who receive it to report to the Secretary of State.
163. HB 685
Good Policy
Deeds to married couples; create a rebuttable presumption of joint tenancy with rights of survivorship.
Analysis:
164. HB 412
Bad Policy
DNA samples; destroy upon request for expungement.
Analysis: This bill is an example of government overreach, growing the governments power to collect DNA samples from all people arrested for felonies, but not convicted. The bill would improve if DNA was only collected after conviction and for only violent crimes.
165. SB 2053
Good Policy
Deficit Prevention Act; require state agencies to notify certain officials when likelihood of a deficit exists.
Analysis: This bill requires agencies to report potential deficits to government officials, and will have to work with the state auditor to eliminate costs. This holds agencies accountable for their spending and protects taxpayers.
166. HB 368
Neutral
State identification for homeless persons; authorize.
Analysis: This bill allows for the public safety commissioner to put into place a process for those who are homeless to get a state ID card.
167. SB 2602
Neutral
Highways; dedicate a section of Highway 25 to Kash McGraw.
Analysis:
168. SB 2546
Neutral
Highways; dedicate a section of Highway 51 to Deputy Joe Kenneth Cosby.
Analysis:
169. SB 2538
Bad Policy
Mississippi Regional Pre-Need Disaster Clean Up Act; create.
Analysis: This bill adds the ability for county boards of supervisors to enter into agreements together to bid on disaster clean up services, but gives them an exclusive carve-out in the state code to not have their contracts subject to the approval of the Attorney General.
170. SB 2164
Neutral
Real property owned by school districts; allow to be sold for development.
Analysis: The bill allows school districts to sell land to residential real estate developers
171. SB 2103
Not Rated
Definitions and penalties regarding regulation of gasoline and petroleum products; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
172. HB 893
Good Policy
SkillPath 2030 Program; authorize Office of Workforce Development to create pilot program for.
Analysis: This bill allows for high school students to learn skills that can help with job certification and to receive course credit for junior colleges.
173. HB 877
Neutral
USM; clarify authority to enter into insurance agreement for protection of property at the state port at Gulfport.
Analysis: The bill allows for Southern Miss to insure the property leased at gulfport port for property damage.
174. SB 2138
Neutral
Tourism; designate the Mississippi Opal as the state gemstone.
Analysis:
175. SB 2486
Neutral
Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Act and the Mississippi Uniform Agents Act; bring forward sections.
Analysis:
176. HB 1020
Neutral
Capitol Complex Improvement District courts; authorize.
Analysis: This bill establishes a capitol court to prosecute crimes that Jackson's court systems will not prosecute, but it does increase the capitol's power.
177. HB 846
Bad Policy
Sixteenth Section land; revise zoning authority of local governing entities to prohibit restrictions on school districts' ability to build on said lands.
Analysis: The bill keeps local governments from prohibiting schools to build new facilities on sixteenth section land. This bill could lead to a waste of taxpayer with no representation.
178. SB 2496
Good Policy
MDOC; require performance audit of.
Analysis:
179. HB 730
Bad Policy
'William F. Winter and Jack Reed, Sr., Teacher Loan Repayment Program'; revise to expand eligibility.
Analysis: This bill expands the number of people who can apply to have taxpayer dollars spent on their college loans if they sign a contract to teach in Mississippi. This is a misuse of taxpayer dollars.
180. HB 1030
Neutral
Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Law; clarify employees of state licensee may work remotely.
Analysis: This bill allows for employees of a state licensee to work from home. This could save taxpayers money on office expenses.
181. SB 2696
Not Rated
Income tax credit for qualified adoption expenses; increase amount for Mississippi children and remove CPS requirement.
Analysis:
182. HB 1141
Bad Policy
State employees life and health insurance plan; revise to include coverage for contract personnel.
Analysis: This bill adds more people to the state health insurance plan, costing taxpayers more money.
183. SB 2382
Not Rated
Out-of-state lawyers; required to disclose whether licensed to practice law in Mississippi in television ads.
Analysis:
184. HB 1060
Good Policy
Electric vehicles; authorize charging by nonutilities.
Analysis: This bill allows for electric vehicle charging stations to be exempt from the classification and requirements of public utilities if they are not producing electricity, but only reselling electricity purchased from a public utility.
185. HB 1177
Neutral
Educator misconduct; clarify provisions relating to disciplinary action taken against personnel of public special purpose schools and other educators.
Analysis: The bill provides a process for educators of the special purpose schools to appeal a license suspension or revocation.
186. HB 817
Bad Policy
Early Learning Collaborative; increase minimum funding levels for full-day and half-day programs.
Analysis: This bill is appropriating more taxpayer dollars to pay for preschools.
187. HB 848
Neutral
Mississippi Digital Asset Mining Act; create.
Analysis:
188. HB 816
Bad Policy
Fentanyl; increase penalties for possession of.
Analysis: This is just increasing criminalization and costing taxpayers more money. Increasing penalties rarely deters drug possessions.
189. HB 976
Neutral
Boats; require validation decal certifying the awarded number to be displayed on each side of vessel.
Analysis: This bill clarifies where the validation decal is to be located on a boat.
190. HB 395
Bad Policy
MS Major Economic Impact Act; extend deadline for issuance of bonds for certain automotive parts manufacturing plant projects.
Analysis: This bill allows the state to accrue tens of millions of dollars of debt to give money to automotive plant projects.
191. SB 2392
Not Rated
Fees for county garbage collection; revise provision related to.
Analysis:
192. HB 1108
Neutral
Rural water associations; authorize those providing sewer services to participate in the ARPAA Rural Water Association Infrastructure Grant Program.
Analysis: The bill authorizes rural water associations to participate in the ARPA grant program. ARPA is a massive government program, but it at least aims to help with infrastructure.
193. SB 2576
Not Rated
Community Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Centers and Programs; bring forward code sections.
Analysis:
194. HB 557
Bad Policy
MS Rural Dentists Scholarship Program; increase number of students who may be admitted into annually.
Analysis: This bill increases the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on paying for the school of dentists.
195. SB 2484
Not Rated
Pharmacy Benefit Manager; revise certain requirements of.
Analysis:
196. SB 2228
Bad Policy
Pet insurance; establish provisions for the sale and renewal of policies.
Analysis: It is not the role of the government to regulate pet insurance.
197. HB 1026
Bad Policy
Sale of game animals; prohibit unless permitted by an act of the Legislature.
Analysis: This is an overreach of government by regulating what animals people can buy or sale.
198. HB 88
Neutral
Natural Resource Camp Pilot Program Act of 2023; establish for students in Lee and Monroe Counties.
Analysis: The bill allows for a program to be started between the counties to teach students the importance of owning land and handling natural resources.
199. HB 1277
Bad Policy
Mississippi Dual Credit Scholarship Program; create.
Analysis: This bill allows for the creation of a community college dual credit scholarship program for certain eligible high school students. This results in the Mississippi taxpayers having more of their tax dollars spent on paying for someone else's education.
200. HB 793
Neutral
EMS Memorial; Health Dept. shall design and construct to honor EMS personnel who died in line of duty.
Analysis:
201. SB 2433
Not Rated
Regulation of public utilities; exempt distribution of water by eligible homeowners association to its own residents from.
Analysis:
202. SB 2423
Not Rated
Elections; require that candidates receive majority of votes in general election to be elected to statewide office.
Analysis:
203. SB 2011
Not Rated
Sales tax; exempt motor vehicle transfers to and from trusts, corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.
Analysis:
204. SB 2615
Not Rated
Contract personnel; authorize to purchase base plan of the State and School Employees' Health Insurance Plan.
Analysis:
205. HB 986
Bad Policy
Transportation; allow public and private partnerships to establish electric vehicle charging stations.
Analysis: This bill is government using taxpayer to prop up electric car charging station. That is not a proper function of government.
206. SB 2347
Not Rated
Hospital police department; authorize for certain private entities.
Analysis:
207. HB 1084
Bad Policy
Insurance agents; revise the continuing education requirements of those who are 65 and have been licensed for 20 years.
Analysis: This bill is providing special privileges to some in an industry.
208. HB 922
Neutral
Alcorn State University; update references to in code to reflect current name designation.
Analysis:
209. SB 2523
Not Rated
Pecan Harvesting Law; revise penalties for violating.
Analysis:
210. SB 2853
Good Policy
Small unmanned aircraft systems; require state purchase and servicing of from American companies only.
Analysis:
211. SB 2844
Not Rated
Bureau of Fleet Management; revise duties thereof.
Analysis:
212. HB 894
Bad Policy
Violations of local zoning ordinances; authorize governing authorities to pursue administrative or civil penalties for.
Analysis: This bill adds new penalties for local governments to pursue when punishing people for zoning ordinance violations. Zoning ordinances are a violation of property rights.
213. HB 451
Good Policy
Bail; revise how the amount is determined and authorize certain options for the defendant.
Analysis: This bill helps those arrested on misdemeanors by allowing them to bond out immediately without seeing a judge. This keeps those arrested on misdemeanors from sitting in jail for multiple days waiting on a judge.
214. HB 383
Good Policy
Oil and gas severance taxes; extend repealer on lower rate for production from horizontally drilled wells.
Analysis: This bill extends the repealer by 5 years for the law that provides a special tax provision for horizontally drilled oil wells to have a tax on produced oil reduced from 6% to 1.3%. All traditionally drilled oil wells will remain at the 6% tax rate.
215. SB 2617
Not Rated
Fire insurance policies; exclude provisions related thereto from applying to builders' risk policies.
Analysis:
216. HB 698
Good Policy
Municipal water, wastewater and sewer services; require equity based billing based on use of.
Analysis: This bill requires that municipal waterworks charge customers fees based on actual water usage and not based on property values or other methods.
217. SB 2561
Bad Policy
Highways; make the MS Transportation Commission vote on use of ERBR Fund monies majority instead of unanimous.
Analysis: This bill changes the unanimous vote rule to use emergency road and bridges fund to a simple majority. This could lead to a waste of taxpayer money
218. SB 2548
Good Policy
Motor vehicles; clarify that vehicle length restrictions are the same for day and night operation.
Analysis: This bill removes unnecessary regulations on nighttime motor vehicle lengths.
219. HB 1027
Neutral
State Fruit; designate the blueberry as.
Analysis:
220. HB 923
Neutral
Bob Tyler Fish Hatchery; designate the fish hatchery located in North Mississippi as.
Analysis:
221. HB 917
Neutral
Mississippi Worker's Comp commission office building; place under the supervision and care of DFA.
Analysis: The bill puts the workers comp commission office under the supervision of the DFA.
222. SB 2202
Not Rated
Child support; create presumption that support continues past the age of majority for a disabled child.
Analysis:
223. SB 2153
Not Rated
Transportation; require disclosure of the total charges in the rental of motor vehicles.
Analysis:
224. HB 916
Neutral
General experience rate; provide that noncharges caused by COVID-19 pandemic shall not impact.
Analysis:
225. HB 1110
Good Policy
Second Amendment Financial Privacy Act; create.
Analysis: This bill protects the privacy rights of citizens from government overreach. It prohibits financial institutions from using a firearms code to disclose private information of law abiding citizens to law enforcement.
226. HB 729
Bad Policy
'Mississippi Successful Techniques Resulting in Delivering Excellence in Education and Employability (STRIDE) Scholarship Program'; establish.
Analysis: This bill is appropriating more taxpayer dollars to pay for college classes for students and grows state government by forcing local school districts to adopt a policy that was previously optional. This is a misuse of taxpayer money and strips decision making power away from our local school districts.
227. HB 49
Neutral
Resident lifetime hunting and fishing license; authorize Department of Wildlife to issue if parent was born in the state and was on active military service at the time of applicant's birth.
Analysis:
228. SB 2210
Not Rated
Medicaid reimbursements; revise certain provisions relating to a psychiatric residential treatment facility in DeSoto County.
Analysis:
229. SB 2122
Neutral
Bribery of a public official; increase statute of limitations to 5 years.
Analysis: The bill establishes a 5 year statute of limitations for bribery of a candidate.
230. HB 1025
Neutral
Airport authority; authorize to dispose of property with a fair market value of zero if certain conditions are met.
Analysis: This bill authorizes the disposal of property with a market value of zero if no official or employee of the authority gets any economic benefit from the disposal of the property.
231. HB 693
Neutral
Aldermen and councilmen; increase the maximum amount of surety bond that may be given by.
Analysis: The bill increases the maximum amount of surety bond for alderman or councilman from one hundred thousand to one million.
232. HB 273
Bad Policy
Health Care Impact Grant Program; establish to provide grants to hospitals and nursing facilities.
Analysis: This bill is using more taxpayer dollars to fund medical facilities and growing the reliance of our healthcare system on the state.
233. HB 443
Bad Policy
MS Commission on College Accreditation; authorize IHL Board to provide staff, facilities and other means of support to.
Analysis: Requires IHL to provide staff and equipment for the commission and allows IHL to charge the commission for these services.
234. HB 1293
Neutral
Public purchasing; require state agencies to give a preference to Mississippi-made drones and prohibit purchase of drones made in China.
Analysis: This bill requires that any government agency seeking to purchase a drone or drone equipment must do so from a US based business with preference to Mississippi companies, and bans the purchase of drones from china.
235. HB 912
Good Policy
Firearm suppressors; authorizing manufacture and possession in Mississippi and prohibit enforcement of federal laws governing.
Analysis: This bill protects Mississippians 2nd amendment right by prohibiting state and local governments from enforcing unconstitutional federal regulations on suppressors.
236. HB 566
Bad Policy
Headlights; require to be used whenever windshield wipers necessitated.
Analysis: This bill is completely unnecessary government overreach.
237. SB 2862
Not Rated
Sales tax; provide industrial exemption for tangible personal property first used in another state.
Analysis:
238. HB 996
Neutral
Intestate succession; child conceived by assisted reproduction after decedent's death is deemed to be living at time of death.
Analysis: The bill puts into place a process for a person who died without a will for a decedent who was born by assisted reproduction after the death of the person to receive an inheritance.
239. HB 1225
Neutral
Telephone solicitation; bring forward provisions of law relating to.
Analysis: The bill brings forward code sections for possible amendment.
240. HB 1067
Bad Policy
Mississippi Broadband Accessibility Act; create.
Analysis: This bill creates the Mississippi Broadband Accessibility Fund for the purpose of the expansion and accessibility of broadband in unserved areas. It is not a core function of government to provide for the expansion and accessibility of broadband.
241. SB 2104
Not Rated
Mississippi Gulf Coast Region Utility Act; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
242. HB 856
Bad Policy
County boards of supervisors; authorize to make contributions to community participants of the MS Main Street program.
Analysis: This bill allows for taxpayer dollars to be given to nonprofit organizations.
243. SB 2728
Bad Policy
Statewide master agreements and utilization of information technology acquisitions made by other entities; authorize.
Analysis: This bill exempts the purchase of IT equipment from the advertising and bidding requirements, potentially wasting taxpayer dollars.
244. SB 2306
Not Rated
Flood and drainage control districts; revise number of directors for certain municipalities.
Analysis:
245. SB 2282
Good Policy
Pseudoephedrine; delete the automatic repealer on the provision that authorizes the distribution of.
Analysis: This bill deletes the repealer on the law that authorizes the sell of over the counter pseudoephedrine. This helps Mississippians have more choice in their personal healthcare.
246. SB 2245
Neutral
Sale of seized weapons; authorize use of proceeds to purchase equipment.
Analysis: The bill allows law enforcement agencies to buy more equipment than just bulletproof vests with money from forfeited weapons.
247. HB 1039
Good Policy
Occupational licensing; revise certain provisions relating to members of the military to include veterans.
Analysis: This bill allows for military members or their spouses/dependents to receive occupational licenses in this state if licensed in another state.
248. HB 397
Bad Policy
MS Gulf Coast Region Utility Board; extend repealers on.
Analysis: This bill extends the repealer on the MS Gulf Coast Region Utility Board, a council that costs state taxpayers for the actual expenses incurred so that municipalities and counties on the Gulf Coast can collaborate on utilities.
249. HB 400
Not Rated
Election crimes; revise the penalties for certain.
Analysis: The bill increases criminal penalties for election crimes.
250. HB 1276
Neutral
State officers; provide for a runoff election for.
Analysis: This would revise state law so that state officer elections are decided by a run off election and not by the House of Representatives.
251. HB 1003
Good Policy
Mississippi Fully Autonomous Vehicle Enabling (MS FAVE) Act of 2023; establish to regulate operation of autonomous vehicle on public roads.
Analysis: This bill creates regulations and requirements for autonomous vehicles in MS. While the bill does increase government oversight of autonomous vehicles, it provides a clear path for autonomous vehicles to operate in MS. Ensure that it does not apply to passenger vehicles. Recommend questions on vehicle wrecking, if they stop in the middle of the road blocking traffic until representative arrives on site.
252. HB 824
Neutral
MDOT; authorize to assist publicly owned gas and water districts with certain removal and relocation projects.
Analysis: This bill allows MDOT to help smaller municipalities remove and relocate water and gas lines located on state highways.
253. SB 2212
Bad Policy
Recipients of Medicaid; extend postpartum coverage up to 12 months.
Analysis:
254. HB 799
Not Rated
Inmate Welfare Fund; increase portion of the fund that is utilized to fund Inmate Incentive to Work Program.
Analysis: There will need to be questions asked on this bill as to where this money is coming from as well as if this program is even helping lower recidivism.
255. HB 287
Neutral
Mississippi Forestry Commission; authorize to electronically accept bids for timber sales.
Analysis: This bill allows for the forestry commission to accept electronic bids for the sale of timber.
256. HB 392
Neutral
Income tax; extend tax years for employer taxpayer to claim credit for employees' blood donations during blood drive.
Analysis: The bill extends the time that an employer can claim tax credits for blood donations by employees until 2026.
257. HB 531
Not Rated
Youth court; revise the age that a child may be held criminally responsible or criminally prosecuted for a misdemeanor or felony.
Analysis: This bill lowers the age a child can be held criminally responsible from 13 to 12 under the youth court law.
258. HB 170
Neutral
Domestic abuse court program; establish.
Analysis: This establishes a domestic abuse court to help hear cases related to domestic abuse. This will increase government spending, but could help alleviate the chancery court systems backlog.
259. SB 2703
Not Rated
Driver's license fees; waive for applicants in MDCPS custody.
Analysis:
260. HB 677
Neutral
County veteran service officers; revise certain qualifications for.
Analysis:
261. SB 2298
Not Rated
Bail agents; revise procedure for determining in municipal and justice courts.
Analysis:
262. SB 2002
Neutral
Memorial highways; designate segment of U.S. 45 in Lowndes County for WW2 Army veteran Bradford C. Freeman.
Analysis:
263. SB 2215
Not Rated
State depositories; revise definition of 'primary capital.'
Analysis:
264. HB 995
Good Policy
Rape; revise elements for the crime of and remove spousal exception.
Analysis: This bill removes the spousal exception for rape.
265. SB 2727
Bad Policy
Mississippi Office of Space and Technology; create and direct Mississippi Development Authority to administer.
Analysis: This bill is spending taxpayer money to oversee space and technology which are not legitimate functions of government.
266. HB 809
Neutral
Executive Director of Public Utilities Staff; remove Public Service Commission from the process of appointing.
Analysis: Removes the PSC from the process of appointing an executive director of the Public Utilities Staff. This bill makes it an appointment by the governor.
267. SB 2358
Good Policy
Ballot harvesting; ban.
Analysis:
268. SB 2353
Not Rated
Elections; increase wage range for poll workers.
Analysis:
269. HB 857
Neutral
Local Government Debt Collection Setoff Act; clarify term of 'claimant local government' under.
Analysis: The bill clarifies the definition of claimant local government for purposes of debt collection to include those whose governing boards are government appointed.
270. SB 2360
Neutral
Agricultural high schools; revise board membership.
Analysis: The bill changes the county education superintendent's board membership to an ex officio nonvoting status.
271. HB 696
Not Rated
Capitol Complex Improvement District; revise boundary lines of.
Analysis: changes the boundaries of the CCID
272. SB 2346
Bad Policy
Material harmful to minors; provide for liability for any entity that distributes on the internet without age verification.
Analysis: This bill is government overreach and is attempting to hold companies for issues that are parental.
273. SB 2390
Not Rated
Executive Director of the State Veterans Affairs Board; appointed by Governor with advice and consent of Senate.
Analysis:
274. SB 2120
Neutral
Firearms; authorize law enforcement officers employed by attorney general to purchase upon retirement.
Analysis:
275. SB 2137
Neutral
'Mississippi Native Plant Month'; designate each April as.
Analysis:
276. SB 2339
Not Rated
Provision of law establishing energy efficiency standards for building construction; extend repealer on.
Analysis:
277. SB 2075
Not Rated
Birth certificate; adoptee may obtain certified copy of original after age 21.
Analysis:
278. HB 449
Good Policy
National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS); require all law enforcement agencies to be compliant with or lose state funding.
Analysis: This bill requires all law enforcement agencies to report crime to the NIBRS system. This helps streamline criminal reporting and helps have easier access to studying crime rates.
279. HB 618
Good Policy
Transportation funding; authorize public-private partnerships to include naming rights.
Analysis: This bill allows for the state to sell naming rights to highways, roads, and bridges to cover costs of repair. This is a better alternative to raising taxes.
280. HB 246
Neutral
Real property; right of first refusal expires on grantee's death unless specifically stated otherwise.
Analysis:
281. HB 985
Neutral
EMS Advisory Council; revise membership of.
Analysis: The bill removes the representatives from the FIrefighters memorial burn association and the department of rehabilitation services and replaces them with a representative from an emergency medical service who is a paramedic and a member of the emergency medical service educators association. No reason for why this is done is given.
282. SB 2364
Neutral
Mississippi Adequate Education Program; bring forward provision related to.
Analysis:
283. HB 1215
Neutral
Child Support; suspend for incarcerated persons under certain conditions.
Analysis: This bill allows for those who are incarcerated for more than 180 days to have child support obligations suspended until released from incarceration.
284. HB 279
Neutral
TikTok application; prohibit use of on state-issued devices.
Analysis: This bill prohibits those using state issued devices from downloading and using tiktok. This could help prevent the wasting of taxpayer dollars.
285. HB 483
Good Policy
Sentencing judge; authorize to set date to revisit sentencing of nonviolent offenders.
Analysis: This bill helps those who are in custody for nonviolent crimes have the potential to be reassessed for alternative placements than in the department of corrections. This could help with re-entry and would help the state's overcrowded prison problem.
286. HB 874
Bad Policy
MS Dept. of Archives and History property; authorize DFA to clarify donation of certain lands in Claiborne County to U.S. Dept. of Interior - National Park Service.
Analysis: The federal government already owns too much land and property. This grows the power and size of the federal government.
287. SB 2160
Not Rated
State Department of Health; transfer responsibilities of State Board of Cosmetology and Board of Barber Examiners to.
Analysis:
288. HB 261
Neutral
Income tax; extend credit for qualified contributions to an endowed fund at qualified community foundations.
Analysis: This bill allows for a tax credit when contributed to a qualified community foundation.
289. HB 253
Neutral
DUI suspension; clarify how the 120 days are counted.
Analysis:
290. HB 544
Not Rated
Valued policy law; exempt builder's risk insurance policies from.
Analysis:
291. SB 2889
Not Rated
Mississippi Capitol Region Utility Act; create.
Analysis:
292. HB 363
Neutral
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce; technical amendments related to certain powers and duties.
Analysis: The bill exempts the officers that are hired by the ag commissioner personal information from being public record. It also allows retired officers to keep the sidearm they are issued.
293. HB 768
Neutral
State Personnel Board; require agencies seeking an exemption from the oversight of to submit written plan of justification to Legislature and SPB.
Analysis: This bill requires state agencies seeking oversight exemption to write a detailed plan to justify it to the legislature and the personnel board. Though it would be better to not let agencies be exempt from the oversight at all, this bill at least attempts to put some kind of protection in place for taxpayers.
294. SB 2734
Bad Policy
County boards of supervisors; permit to expend federal funds during the last term of office of such board.
Analysis: This bill removes the prohibition of county boards spending recklessly at the end of their terms as long as the money is coming from ARPA.
295. SB 2692
Not Rated
Bonds; repeal authorization for unissued bonds and replace with cash funds.
Analysis:
296. SB 2684
Not Rated
Children's Promise Act; revise definition of 'eligible charitable organization.'
Analysis:
297. SB 2494
Not Rated
Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; transfer enforcement authority to Attorney General's Office.
Analysis:
298. HB 1218
Good Policy
Rivers McGraw Mental Health Treatment Court Act; revise.
Analysis: This bill creates a system in which courts can refer people to mental health treatment courts. This helps lessen the prison population and gives people the help they need.
299. HB 232
Neutral
Dairy show; relocate the show held in Lee County, MS, to Pontotoc County, MS.
Analysis: The bill makes no mention of why the show should be relocated. Unclear of reason.
300. SB 2448
Not Rated
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize for supporters of the Magnolia Speech School.
Analysis:
301. HB 522
Neutral
Mississippi Individual On-site Wastewater Disposal System Law; extend repealer on.
Analysis: This bill extends a repealer on the wastewater disposal system law. The law allows for individuals to install personal wastewater systems on their property and puts forward regulations to ensure they are not contaminating the water supply.
302. HB 209
Neutral
Terroristic threats; revise elements of.
Analysis: This bill removes unneeded, redundant language from original legislation.
303. HB 556
Bad Policy
'Property Clean up Revolving Fund'; establish.
Analysis: This bill creates a state loan program for cleaning up properties. It puts taxpayers on one side of the state on the hook for loans taken out by local governments on the other side.
304. SB 2562
Bad Policy
Transportation; allow public and private partnerships to establish electric vehicle charging stations.
Analysis: This bill is government using taxpayer to prop up electric car charging stations. That is not a proper function of government.
305. SB 2559
Neutral
Transportation; extend repealer on harvest permit authorization and fees.
Analysis: The bill is extending a repealer on the permit regulations for heavy load transportation.
306. HB 33
Neutral
Department of Public Safety; authorize to investigate death of public officials.
Analysis: This bill allows for the officers of the department of public safety to investigate the death of local or state officials under certain questionable conditions.
307. HB 1071
Bad Policy
Uniform Controlled Substances Act; revise schedules.
Analysis: The bill furthers government's powers of prohibition by banning certain substances. That is not the proper role or core function of government.
308. HC 30
Resolution
JSU Tigers Football Team; commend upon winning 2022 SWAC Championship.
Analysis:
309. HB 280
Not Rated
Foreign governments; prohibit sale of agricultural lands to.
Analysis:
310. HB 870
Neutral
Justice Court appeals; revise number of days to circuit court.
Analysis: This bill increases the number of days to file an appeal from justice to circuit court from 10 days to 30 days.
311. HB 288
Good Policy
Public Utilities Staff; authorize certain personnel to be filled by consulting contract.
Analysis: allows the executive director of the public utilities staff to fill positions with consulting contractors or competitively appointed
312. SB 2140
Neutral
National Security on State Devices and Networks Act; create.
Analysis: This bill prohibits those using state issued devices from downloading and using tiktok. This could help prevent the wasting of taxpayer dollars.
313. SB 2099
Neutral
Motor vehicle theft; revise penalty for.
Analysis: This bill changes the theft of motor vehicles to a felony and increases the fine to $10,000 for the first offense.
314. HB 1317
Not Rated
Pharmacists; authorize to test for and administer treatment for minor, nonchronic health conditions.
Analysis:
315. HB 1316
Not Rated
Health benefit plans; prohibit from providing coverage or related services for clinician-administered drugs.
Analysis:
316. HB 1045
Not Rated
Libraries; regulate the material that is curated for children and younger teens.
Analysis:
317. HB 903
Not Rated
Counties and municipalities; revise fine amount that may be paid by those convicted of violating anti-littering ordinance.
Analysis:
318. HB 840
Not Rated
State Public Defender; revise certain powers and duties of.
Analysis:
319. HB 821
Not Rated
Notaries; revise residency requirements of.
Analysis:
320. HB 795
Not Rated
Shoplifting; require to calculate total price of all shoplifting items for fine.
Analysis:
321. HB 657
Not Rated
Youth courts; require to file all legal documents using MEC.
Analysis:
322. HB 533
Not Rated
Adoption procedures; revise home study and residency requirements.
Analysis:
323. HB 529
Not Rated
Department of Public Safety; revise various provisions.
Analysis:
324. HB 454
Not Rated
Radar; authorize use by municipal law enforcement officers in certain municipalities.
Analysis:
325. HB 281
Not Rated
Law enforcement officers killed in line of duty; clarify that beneficiaries may receive sidearm of.
Analysis:
326. HB 1310
Not Rated
Elections; revise provisions related to the integrity of.
Analysis:
327. HB 1306
Not Rated
Elections; revise certain provisions about names of candidates appearing on the ballot, judicial candidate's annual report and fraudulent absentee voter applications.
Analysis:
328. HB 241
Not Rated
Campaign finance reports; revise the time for filing electronically.
Analysis: