HB 154 – Revise MAEP to provide greater funding to school districts showing greatest levels of growth and proficiency. Rep. Henry Zuber, R-Ocean Springs.HB 179 – Create a medical marijuana pilot program in Mississippi for patients who are prescribed marijuana by a doctor. Rep. Joel Bomgar, R-Madison. HB 212 – Allow undocumented students to attend Mississippi universities with in-state tuition under certain provisions. Rep. Kathy Sykes, D-Jackson. HB 228, 249, 303 – Authorize early voting. Reps. Bill Denny, R-Jackson, Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, and Earle Banks, D-Jackson. HB 267 – Elect schools boards every four years for four year terms. Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon. HB 284 – School boards of failing districts cannot keep students from transferring out of that district. Rep. John Moore, R-Brandon. HB 305 – Abolish party primaries. Rep. Stephen Horne, R-Meridian. HB 310 – Grant an additional two percent of sales tax collections in municipalities with fewer than 10,000 residents for road and bridge improvements. Rep. William Tracy Arnold, R-Booneville. HB 319 – Motor vehicle liability insurance; require to renew registration, Rep. Patricia Willis, D-Diamondhead HB 327 – Restore voting rights to people who committed nonviolent disqualifying crimes upon meeting certain requirements, Rep. Tommy Reynolds, D-Charleston HB 328 – Restore right to vote to veterans who committed nonviolent disqualifying crimes upon completing the sentencing requirements, Rep. Tommy Reynolds, D-Charleston HB 331 – Provide for increase in annual compensation for state employees with annual salary under $50,000.00, Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest HB 352 -Provide penalties for posting certain electronic photos, including nude images, without permission, Rep. Cedric Burnett, D-Tunica HB 355 – Require to public schools to post child abuse hotline number in visible areas of the school, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven HB 357 – Repeal Common Core state education standards, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven HB 367 – Authorize open primaries, Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest HB 373 – Allow first time voters to register to vote online, Rep. Bill Denny, R-Jackson HB 376 – Require recipients of public assistance to present proof each quarter of their attempts to obtain employment, Rep. Deborah Dixon, D-Raymond HB 377 – Prohibit smoking in motor vehicles in the presence of child passengers under the age 6, Rep. John Hines, D-Greenville HB 380 – Remove manslaughter from exception list to qualify for political candidacy, Rep. Sam Mims, R-McComb HB 396 – Prohibit elected state officials from visibly or audibly participating in the making of state funded advertising, Rep. Noah Sanford, R-Collins HB 398 – Exempt newspaper delivery service from requirement to use seat belts while on duty, Rep. Angela Cockherham, D-Magnolia HB 402 – Prohibit plea bargains for habitual offenders of crimes of violence, Rep. Mark Formby, R-Picayune HB 426 – Designate the Holy Bible at the official state book of Mississippi, Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest HB 433 – Include the citizenship exam given by the federal government in the social studies curriculum, Rep. Ashley Henley, R-Southhaven HB 437 – Create a fund for the expenses of the First Lady’s staff, travel, meals and other expenses incurred in performing duties as First Lady, Rep. Becky Currie, R-Brookhaven HB 440 – Create the Mississippi Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act to provide tuition assistance to students, Rep. Deborah Dixon, D-Raymond See all the bills introduced at the Legislature website.
The Mississippi House of Representatives continues to post bills to the website. Here are several of note: HB 1 – Classifies venomous snakes as inherently dangerous to humans. Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson HB 7 – The Mississippi Telephone Solicitation Act; add “political calls” as prohibited. Rep. Ken Morgan, R-Morgantown HB 8 – Establishes a $9 state minimum wage and sets requirements for exemptions and overtime. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis HB 66 – Prohibits conjugal visits for offenders committed to the custody of the Department of Corrections. Rep. William Shirley, R-Quitman HB 112 and HB 113 – Expand the state’s Medicaid eligibility requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act. Reps. Willie Perkins, D-Greenwood, and Bryant Clark, D-Pickens. HB 128 – Requires universities to place 33 percent of college bowl game revenue into escrow accounts to distribute to graduating athletes, Rep. Omeria Scott, D-Laurel.