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MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION 2018
SENATE CALENDAR


86th CALENDAR DAY MARCH 28, 2018 NUMBER 50

LOCAL AND PRIVATE

1.

S. B. No. 3074:
  (3/5)

Lafayette County; authorize the creation of the Lafayette County Utility Authority.
(COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE) (Local and Private) (Finance)

 

IN CONFERENCE - FINANCE

2.

H. B. No. 354:
  
  (Filed 3/24)

General fund revenue; provide that percent of growth in will be used for repair and maintenance of state and local roads.
SENATE CONFEREES: Clarke, Burton, Tollison
HOUSE CONFEREES: Read, Busby, Massengill

 

This bill requires that a portion of general fund revenue growth be allocated to road and bridge construction and repair, divided equally among cities and counties.

IN CONFERENCE - LOCAL AND PRIVATE

3.

S. B. No. 3068:
  (2/3)

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

 

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

4.

S. B. No. 3013:
  (3/5)

Town of North Carrollton; authorize a tax on restaurant to provide funds for various purposes.
(Local and Private) (Finance)
SENATE CONFEREES:
HOUSE CONFEREES:

 

IN CONFERENCE APPROPRIATIONS - GENERAL BILLS

5.

S. B. No. 2773:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

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

 

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 - GENERAL BILLS

6.

H. B. No. 1264:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

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

 

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.

7.

H. B. No. 1306:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

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

 

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.

8.

S. B. No. 2197:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

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

 

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.

9.

S. B. No. 2579:
  
  (Filed 3/26)

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

 

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

10.

S. B. No. 2618:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

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

 

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

11.

S. B. No. 2663:
  
  (Refiled 3/27)

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

 

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.

GENERAL

12.

S. N. No. 65:

Drew Landon Snyder, Jackson, Mississippi, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Medicaid, term beginning March 20, 2018 and shall serve at the will and pleasure of the Governor.
(Do Advise and Consent) (Medicaid)

 

13.

S. N. No. 1:

Dr. Jean Allen Lyles (Jean) Young, Petal, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, term effective immediately and ending August 30, 2019.
(Do Advise and Consent) (Education)

 

14.

S. N. No. 12:

James Christian (Chris) Wilson, Laurel, Mississippi, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, three year term beginning September 1, 2017 and ending August 31, 2020, representing the 2nd Supreme Court District.
(Do Advise and Consent) (Education)

 

15.

S. N. No. 33:

Sean Marcellas Suggs, Saltillo, Mississippi, Mississippi State Board of Education, nine year term beginning October 17, 2017.
(Do Advise and Consent) (Education)

 

16.

S. N. No. 35:

Brittney Perry Rye, Starkville, Mississippi, State Board of Education as the School Teacher Representative, term beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2027.
(Do Advise and Consent) (Education)