House Calendar

MOTION TO RECONSIDER

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HR 12
Resolution
Mr. Martin 'Marty' Davidson; commend upon entrepreneurial legacy and community service as chair of Southern Pipe and Supply.
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2. HB 626
Bad Policy
Boards of Supervisors; provide exception on prohibition of expending certain funds in last months of office to meet federal ARPA spending deadline.
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.

RULES

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HC 30
Resolution
JSU Tigers Football Team; commend upon winning 2022 SWAC Championship.
Analysis:
2. HB 559
Not Rated
The Phillip Cameron Hendry Mississippi Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week; designate the second week in April annually as.
Analysis:
3. SC 501
Resolution
Mourn the loss and commend the life and public service of David R. Huggins.
Analysis:
4. SC 502
Resolution
Mourn the loss and commend the life and public service of former MDOT Commissioner and Legislator Dick Hall.
Analysis:
5. SC 503
Resolution
Mourn the passing of former Senator Steve Seale of Hattiesburg, and commend his public and charitable service.
Analysis:
6. SC 504
Resolution
Mourn the loss and commend the life and public service of former Representative Noal Akins.
Analysis:
7. SC 505
Resolution
Commend public service of Southern District Transportation Commissioner and former legislator Tom King.
Analysis:
8. SC 506
Resolution
Commend 2022 PRCC 'Wildcats' Baseball Team and Coach Michael Avalon for first ever National Championship.
Analysis:
9. SC 507
Resolution
Commend JSU 'Tigers' Football Team for second consecutive SWAC Championship.
Analysis:
10. SC 509
Resolution
Congratulate Scott Central 'Rebels' Football Team for winning the back to back MHSAA Class 2A State Championships.
Analysis:
11. SC 510
Resolution
Congratulate Raleigh High School 'Lions' Football Team for winning 2022 MHSAA Class 3A State Championship.
Analysis:
12. SC 511
Resolution
Mourn the loss and commend the public service of Forrest Co. Tax Collector, former Supervisor and State Senator Billy Hudson.
Analysis:
13. SC 512
Resolution
Mourn the loss and celebrate the contributions and career of Mississippi music icon and Rock and Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis.
Analysis:
14. SC 514
Resolution
Commend Sumrall High School 'Bobcats' Baseball Team for winning Mississippi 4A State Championship.
Analysis:
15. SC 515
Resolution
Commend the life of former State Senator, Circuit Judge and Decorated WWII Veteran Thomas Frederick (Fred) Wicker.
Analysis:
16. SC 516
Resolution
Commend Myrtis Franke for a lifetime of service.
Analysis:
17. SC 519
Resolution
Extending deepest sympathy of Legislature to surviving family of MSU Football Coach Mike Leach and paying tribute to his legacy.
Analysis:
18. SC 520
Resolution
Congratulate Ole Miss 2022 Baseball Team for National Championship.
Analysis:
19. SC 521
Resolution
Congratulate Bay Springs High School 'Bulldogs' Football team for winning back-to-back MHSAA Class 1A State Championships.
Analysis:
20. SC 525
Resolution
Congratulate Louisville High School 'Wildcats' Football Team for winning the MHSAA 4A State Championship.
Analysis:

WAYS AND MEANS

Bill Number Bill Description
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. HB 246
Neutral
Real property; right of first refusal expires on grantee's death unless specifically stated otherwise.
Analysis:
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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
12. HB 535
Neutral
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Analysis:
13. 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.
14. HB 815
Neutral
Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
Analysis:
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. HB 848
Neutral
Mississippi Digital Asset Mining Act; create.
Analysis:
23. HB 1136
Neutral
Distinctive motor vehicle license tag; authorize issuance to supporters of the Mississippi Road Builders Association.
Analysis:
24. 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.
25. 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.

LAID ON TABLE SUBJECT TO CALL

Bill Number Bill Description
1. HB 370
Good Policy
Municipal elected officers; authorize removal of using the same process as removal of county elected officers.
Analysis: This bill allows for the removal of elected municipal officers to be carried out in the same manner the removal of elected county officers is carried out.

GENERAL

Bill Number Bill Description
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. HB 280
Not Rated
Foreign governments; prohibit sale of agricultural lands to.
Analysis:
14. HB 675
Neutral
State Veterans Affairs Board; revise provisions regarding processing appeals of claims.
Analysis:
15. HB 677
Neutral
County veteran service officers; revise certain qualifications for.
Analysis:
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. HB 916
Neutral
General experience rate; provide that noncharges caused by COVID-19 pandemic shall not impact.
Analysis:
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. HB 1158
Good Policy
Medical Cannabis Act; revise certain provisions of.
Analysis: This bill prevents the medical board from adding overregulatory requirements.
27. HB 769
Neutral
Harvey Moss Wildlife Management Area at Tuscumbia; designate Tuscumbia Wildlife Management Area as.
Analysis:
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. HB 923
Neutral
Bob Tyler Fish Hatchery; designate the fish hatchery located in North Mississippi as.
Analysis:
35. 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.
36. HB 1286
Neutral
Alcorn University Extension Annex; rename the 'Dr. Jesse Harness, Sr., Extension and Research Center'.
Analysis:
37. 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.
38. 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.
39. 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.
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 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.
42. 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.
43. 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.
44. 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.
45. HB 209
Neutral
Terroristic threats; revise elements of.
Analysis: This bill removes unneeded, redundant language from original legislation.
46. HB 400
Not Rated
Election crimes; revise the penalties for certain.
Analysis: The bill increases criminal penalties for election crimes.
47. 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.
48. 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.
49. HB 253
Neutral
DUI suspension; clarify how the 120 days are counted.
Analysis:
50. 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.
51. 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.
52. 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.
53. 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.
54. 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.
55. 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.
56. HB 249
Neutral
MS Medical Cannabis Act; extend repealers to certain state laws for Departments of Health and Revenue in connection with.
Analysis:
57. 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.
58. 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.
59. 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:
60. 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.
61. 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.
62. HB 566
Bad Policy
Headlights; require to be used whenever windshield wipers necessitated.
Analysis: This bill is completely unnecessary government overreach.
63. 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.
64. 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.
65. 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.
66. 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.
67. 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.
68. 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.
69. 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.
70. 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.
71. 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.
72. 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.
73. 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.
74. 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
75. 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.
76. HB 772
Neutral
Mississippi Opal; designate as official state gemstone.
Analysis:
77. HB 1027
Neutral
State Fruit; designate the blueberry as.
Analysis:
78. 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.
79. HB 860
Neutral
'MS Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act' and 'Uniform Athlete Agents Act'; bring forward.
Analysis:
80. HB 726
Neutral
Supreme court, court of appeals, chancery courts and circuit courts; bring forward code sections related to.
Analysis:
81. HB 685
Good Policy
Deeds to married couples; create a rebuttable presumption of joint tenancy with rights of survivorship.
Analysis:
82. 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.
83. 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.
84. 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.
85. 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.
86. 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.
87. 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.
88. HB 922
Neutral
Alcorn State University; update references to in code to reflect current name designation.
Analysis:
89. 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.
90. 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.
91. 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.
92. 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.
93. 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.
94. 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.
95. 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.
96. 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.
97. 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
98. 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.
99. 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.
100. 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.
101. HB 1225
Neutral
Telephone solicitation; bring forward provisions of law relating to.
Analysis: The bill brings forward code sections for possible amendment.
102. 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.
103. 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.
104. 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.
105. 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.
106. 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.
107. 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.
108. 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.
109. 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.
110. 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.
111. 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.
112. 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.
113. 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.
114. 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
115. 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.
116. 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.
117. HB 1222
Bad Policy
The Mississippi Collaborative Response to Mental Health Act; create.
Analysis: This bill has a 25% tax increase on vapor products.
118. 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.
119. 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.
120. 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.
121. 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.
122. 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.
123. 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.
124. 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.
125. 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.
126. 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?
127. HB 793
Neutral
EMS Memorial; Health Dept. shall design and construct to honor EMS personnel who died in line of duty.
Analysis:
128. 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.
129. 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.
130. 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.
131. 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.
132. 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.
133. 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.
134. 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.
135. 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.
136. 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.
137. 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.
138. 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.
139. HB 995
Good Policy
Rape; revise elements for the crime of and remove spousal exception.
Analysis: This bill removes the spousal exception for rape.
140. 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.
141. 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.
142. 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.
143. 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
144. 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.
145. HB 544
Not Rated
Valued policy law; exempt builder's risk insurance policies from.
Analysis:
146. 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.
147. 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.
148. HB 1162
Not Rated
Reciprocal insurance; revise sworn declaration requirements of and board of directors for.
Analysis:
149. HB 1172
Not Rated
Federal home loan banks; define term and provide process for handling delinquent insurer's secured claim.
Analysis:
150. 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.
151. 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.
152. 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.