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MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION 2018

58th LEGISLATIVE DAY

MARCH 28, 2018

86th CALENDAR DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR

IN CONFERENCE APPROPRIATIONS - GENERAL BILLS

1.

S. B. No. 2773:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

State budget; provide for transfer of funds.
(Appropriations)
HOUSE CONFEREES: Read, Cockerham, Bounds
SENATE CONFEREES: Clarke, Hopson, Burton

 

This bill sends state funds to a variety of special projects. It changes appropriations to increase government spending on certain agencies. The state should seek to decrease spending on special projects and pay down the state's debt. This undermines the conservative principle of limited government.

IN CONFERENCE - WAYS AND MEANS

1.

S. B. No. 2618:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

Alcoholic beverages; revise the definition of 'qualified resort area' under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
HOUSE CONFEREES: Smith, Lamar, Zuber
SENATE CONFEREES: Chassaniol, Butler, Harkins

 

This bill expands freedom by allowing a particular resort area to sell alcoholic beverages. The state should seek to undo these regulations whenever possible.

IN CONFERENCE - GENERAL BILLS

1.

H. B. No. 1264:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

Mississippi Terroristic Threats Law; create.
(Judiciary A)
HOUSE CONFEREES: Baker, Cockerham, Aguirre
SENATE CONFEREES: Bryan, DeBar, Watson

 

This bill creates a new criminal offense. It creates a broad new definition of "terroristic threats." This allows an individual to be charged for speech, even if there was no wrongful action and the state can't prove an intent to act. There's no standard for determining the credibility of such a "threat." It creates a criminal penalty of ten years' incarceration for this speech. This could have a number of unintended consequences that lead to abuse of government power.

2.

H. B. No. 1306:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

Construction Dispute Resolution Agreements; declare void if held outside the state.
(Judiciary A)
HOUSE CONFEREES: Baker, Beckett, Bell (21st)
SENATE CONFEREES: Hopson, Kirby, Harkins

 

This bill limits the freedom to contract. It voids any construction contracts concerning buildings in the state if the contracts require dispute resolution take place outside the state. This violates the conservative principle of free enterprise and limits the liberty of contractors and makes it more difficult to do business in Mississippi.

3.

S. B. No. 2197:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

Criminal immunity; provide for persons when requesting assistance for medical emergency due to alcohol consumption.
(Judiciary B)
HOUSE CONFEREES: Gipson, Bailey, Bomgar
SENATE CONFEREES: Hopson, DeBar, Carter

 

This bill updates the state's "Good Samaritan" law to apply to alcohol. This law is intended to help reduce drug and alcohol overdoses by giving criminal immunity for drug or alcohol charges to anyone who reports an overdose.

4.

S. B. No. 2579:
  
  (Filed 3/26)

Provision of educational services to detained students while school is in session; clarify.
(Education)
HOUSE CONFEREES: Bennett, DeLano, Roberson
SENATE CONFEREES: Tollison, Wiggins, Blackwell

 

This bill clarifies that students who are in youth detention centers are only to receive school services while the school is in session.

5.

S. B. No. 2663:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

Opioid crisis; clarify court-ordered drug testing of drug-impaired drivers.
(Judiciary A)
HOUSE CONFEREES: Baker, Wilson, Tullos
SENATE CONFEREES: Hopson, Doty, Turner-Ford

 

This bill expands the scope of state government. It makes it more difficult for individuals convicted of drug offenses to regain their license to drive. The new drug testing program authorized in this bill could require individuals to remain completely drug-free to get their license back, although opioid addiction must be treated often times by prescription drugs. This is an overly broad solution to a problem which will have the unintended consequence of making it more difficult for these individuals to recover.

IN CONFERENCE - LOCAL AND PRIVATE

1.

S. B. No. 3068:

City of Columbus-Lowndes County; extend repeal date on restaurant tax & revise membership of the Columbus Lowndes CVB.
HOUSE CONFEREES: Barton, Smith, Chism
SENATE CONFEREES: Jackson (15th), Michel, Younger

 

This bill extends a local tax. The state should seek to decrease the tax burdens on citizens at all levels of government.

MOTION TO RECONSIDER

1.

S. B. No. 3070:
  (2/3)

Monroe County; extend the repeal date on the law that establishes the Monroe County Beautification Commission.
(Ladner, Barton, Jackson)

 

This bill extends a law which allows Monroe County to contribute taxpayer dollars directly to a private entity for "beautification." This undermines the conservative principle of limited government.

2.

S. B. No. 3071:
  (2/3)

Monroe County; extend the repeal date on law authorizing contributions to the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
(Ladner, Barton, Jackson)

 

This bill extends a law which allows a local government to contribute up to $250,000 of taxpayer money to a chamber of commerce. This undermines the conservative principles of limited government and free enterprise.

3.

S. B. No. 2836:

Mississippi Medicaid program; revise services, provider reimbursement rates and extend repealer.
(WHEREBY THE CONFERENCE REPORT WAS ADOPTED)
(Scott, Brown, Bomgar)

 

This bill extends restrictions on how the state may operate the Division of Medicaid. It makes a number of changes giving the Governor more latitude to cut the costs associated with the program, which are skyrocketing. This will allow the executive branch to reduce the size of this government program.