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MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION 2018

12th LEGISLATIVE DAY

JANUARY 18, 2018

17th CALENDAR DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR

MOTION TO RECONSIDER

1.

H. B. No. 359:

State road construction; prohibit if construction has not begun and right-of-way has not been initiated.
(WHEREBY THE HOUSE PASSED AS AMENDED)
(Wooten, Busby, Massengill)

 

This bill prioritizes maintenance of existing roads by pausing new road construction that has not yet begun. This ensures that the Department of Transportation is spending dollars most efficiently to repair existing infrastructure.

2.

H. B. No. 722:

Use tax; use portion of revenue to assist municipalities and counties with road and bridge improvements.
(WHEREBY THE HOUSE PASSED AS AMENDED)
(Baker, Smith, Lamar)

 

This bill diverts a portion of state use tax collections back to cities and counties to help finance road repair.

3.

H. B. No. 957:

Education; establish Mississippi Uniform Per Student Funding Formula Act of 2018.
(WHEREBY THE HOUSE PASSED AS AMENDED)
(Bennett, Read, Huddleston (15th), Hines, Paden)

 

This bill updates the formula that determines how the state funds public schools. While it does require that the legislature spend $107 million more than it currently spends on public schools, it does not raise taxes. It reduces the administrative burden on districts by giving them more freedom to spend state tax dollars as they see fit, and it provides weights that call for more funding for students with special needs and those in poverty. It also includes a provision requested by superintendents that funds schools based on membership instead of attendance, which is more workable for districts. These changes are an improvement over the current formula which is restrictive for schools and has only been funded twice over the last two decades.

APPROPRIATIONS

1.

H. B. No. 355:

MDOT; remove from State Personnel Board.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE)

1/3

This bill removes Personnel Board requirements from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Child Protective Services. This will increase efficiency by giving the agency more latitude in hiring and firing employees.

WAYS AND MEANS

1.

H. B. No. 358:

Use tax; provide that portion of revenue collected from certain taxpayers will be used for road and bridge repair and improvements.

1/3

This bill requires that a portion of use tax revenue growth be allocated to road and bridge construction and repair.

GENERAL

1.

H. B. No. 387:
  (3/5)

Re-entry council; implement certain recommendations thereof.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (Judiciary B)

1/5

This bill implements recommendations of the re-entry council to help promote employment among those who have had an interaction with the criminal justice system. This bill will increase employment opportunities and provide significant cost savings to the state.

2.

H. B. No. 380:

Municipalities; authorize to enter into interlocal agreement with rural water association regarding sewer services.
(Municipalities)

1/9

This bill expands local control by allowing municipalities to enter into operation agreements with rural water associations. This would provide more water access options for citizens.

3.

H. B. No. 392:

Municipalities; authorize to elect 5 aldermen if population is 10,000 or more and certain conditions are met.
(Municipalities)

1/9

This bill allows small municipalities to maintain five aldermen instead of moving to seven, as is currently required. It allows for public comment and allows citizens to petition for an election to undo the change.

4.

H. B. No. 323:

Homeowners insurance; provide premium discount or reduction for new homes built to resist windstorms.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (Insurance)

1/9

This bill places a new mandate on insurance companies by requiring them to issue discounts to certain policyholders. Government insurance mandates drive up costs of coverage. Individuals and insurance companies should be able to negotiate the terms of policies themselves.

5.

H. B. No. 325:

MS Vehicle Insurance Verification System; revise various laws regarding.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (Insurance)

1/9

This bill makes it more difficult for individuals with suspended licenses to reinstate their licenses, by mandating that they must first pay all insurance fines and fees owed. It also creates a new graduated fine structure for uninsured motorists. These changes make it more difficult for uninsured motorists to maintain employment to become current on their insurance and pay their fines.

6.

H. B. No. 326:

Firefighter Property Program; allow board of supervisors to expend funds necessary to personal property acquired through.
(Insurance)

1/9

This bill gives counties the authority to purchase insurance and tags for property acquired by local fire departments through a Firefighter Property Program.

7.

H. B. No. 665:

Department of Agriculture and Commerce; designate as state agency responsible for enforcement of FDA's Produce Safety Rule Program under the FMSA.
(Agriculture)

1/16

This bill expands the role and intrusiveness of government by granting new powers to the Department of Agriculture to inspect privately owned farms, in conjunction with the federal Food and Drug Administration. It also gives the commissioner an open-ended authority to write new regulations restricting the operation of private businesses.

8.

H. B. No. 666:

'Mississippi Soil and Plant Amendment Law'; revise to require annual reporting of net tonnage distributed in the state.
(Agriculture)

1/16

This bill slightly reduces regulation on businesses by changing a quarterly reporting requirement to an annual one for distributors of agricultural products.

9.

H. B. No. 710:

Livestock facilities; delete repealer on authority of certain organizations to hold livestock shows at no charge in.
(Agriculture)

1/16

This bill extends a law which allows groups like 4-H and the Cattlemen's association to hold up to 3 events annually a state-funded arenas at no charge.

10.

H. B. No. 901:
  (3/5)

Agritourism; delete repealer on statutes limiting liability and establishing requirements for professionals engaged in.
(Agriculture)

1/16

This bill extends regulations on private businesses which dictate how agritourism facilities may operate and limits their liability for accidents on their property.

11.

H. B. No. 815:

Insurance; provide depreciation may be applied in certain property loss claims.
(Insurance)

1/16

This bill reduces the role of government by giving insurers more authority in determining how to pay claims. Specifically, it allows them to account for depreciation.

12.

H. B. No. 887:

Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program; extend repealer on.
(Insurance)

1/16

This bill expands the role of government by extending a program operated by the Department of Insurance to study how to mitigate damage from hurricanes. While this is a worthwhile endeavor for private enterprise, it's not the proper role of government.

13.

H. B. No. 1024:

Motor vehicle liability insurance; require to renew registration.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (Insurance)

1/16

This bill reenacts a provision requiring drivers to have liability insurance coverage and gives the Department of Insurance the ability to enforce this law with regulations. These regulations are outside the proper scope of government. Individuals make a choice to drive and bear the responsibility of insuring against potential losses from those decisions.

14.

H. B. No. 155:

State buildings; rename certain designated building as the 'William Lowe (Bill) Waller, Sr., Building.'
(Public Property)

1/16

This bill renames a state building to honor Mr. William Lowe (Bill) Waller, Sr.

15.

H. B. No. 281:

Religious structures; prohibit removal from public property.
(Public Property)

1/16

This bill prevents the removal of any religious structures of historical significance from any public property in the state.

16.

H. B. No. 594:

Capers Avenue property; authorize DFA to transfer to the Mayor and Council of the City of Jackson, Mississippi.
(Public Property)

1/16

This bill allows the state to transfer a piece of property in Jackson to the city government, where it can be more effectively used.

17.

H. B. No. 735:

Tax forfeited land; remove the waiting period on applications to purchase.
(Public Property)

1/16

This bill allows the state to more quickly dispose of tax forfeited land by removing the 30 day waiting requirement for the application.

18.

H. B. No. 736:

Space Optimization Act; create to implement efficient assignment and use of office space in state buildings.
(Public Property)

1/16

This bill aims to reduce the cost of operating state government by requiring that existing office space is considered before agencies decide to lease space not owned by the government. The state currently owns properties that are vacant, and this bill could help reduce costs.

19.

H. B. No. 766:

MS Fair Commission; authorize to purchase certain property located in City of Jackson and contiguous to the State Fairgrounds.
(Public Property)

1/16

This bill grows the size of government by allowing the state to purchase more property in downtown Jackson for potential use by the State Fair Commission.

20.

H. B. No. 767:

Department of Mental Health; authorize to sell certain state-owned real property in Waveland, MS.
(Public Property)

1/16

This bill reduces the size of government by allowing the Department of Mental Health to sell a property currently owned by the state.

21.

H. B. No. 164:

Proclamation of a local emergency; allow president of county board of supervisors to declare.
(County Affairs)

1/16

This bill expands local autonomy by allowing the President of a local board to declare an emergency. Currently, only the board or mayor can issue this declaration.

22.

H. B. No. 1047:

Clothing allowance; increase for certain employees employed by a sheriff's office.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (County Affairs)

1/16

This bill increases the maximum clothing allowance for Sheriff's employees from $400 annually to $700.

23.

H. B. No. 811:
  (3/5)

MS Credit Availability Act, Title Pledge Act, and Check Cashers Act; extend repealer on certain provisions of.
(Banking and Financial Services)

1/16

This bill extends a regulation that limits participation in the credit market in this state. The law imposes regulations on individuals operating credit businesses. This limits competition, drives up the price of these services, and it outside the proper role of government.

24.

H. B. No. 405:

'Mississippi Career-Tech Scholars Program'; establish to provide free tuition at community and junior colleges.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (Universities and Colleges)

1/17

This bill expands the size, scope, and role of state government by creating a new program to distribute more tax dollars to individuals at state universities. There is already a large amount of tax dollars available for higher education from local, state, and federal sources. This program will grow the size of state government, requiring more from taxpayers.

25.

H. B. No. 700:

Delta State University; authorize to transfer certain real property to Coahoma Community College.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (Universities and Colleges)

1/17

This bill gives Delta State University the authority to transfer property to Coahoma Community College, where it can be used more effectively.

26.

H. B. No. 938:
  (3/5)

Commission on College Accreditation; enumerate certain powers and transfer authority over correspondence courses to.
(Universities and Colleges)

1/17

This bill consolidates and reduces regulations on correspondence courses by removing the regulatory authority from the Secretary of State and Department of Education and placing it all under the College Accreditation Commission. This should make the regulatory process easier and simpler for providers of correspondence courses in the state.

LOCAL AND PRIVATE

1.

H. B. No. 185:

Lamar county; authorize transfer of certain special funds to the general fund of the county.

1/16

This bill allows Lamar County to transfer money from their local sanitation fund to the county's general fund to meet other budgetary needs.