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16/02/2022

Week of February 7, 2022
This was the sixth week of the 2022 Legislative Session. The House met to discuss bills all week. Any bills not passed by the February 10th deadline died on the calendar.

HCR 39 proposes an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution to create a new ballot initiative process. The former process was nullified in May 2021 by the Mississippi Supreme Court. Under the new process, Mississippi voters could change current statutes or introduce new statutes by a ballot initiative. HCR 39 passed 92-26.

HB 1029 would create the Mississippi Broadband Accessibility Act. The Commission would coordinate all broadband expansion efforts in the state and administer all federal broadband expansion programs. The commission would be comprised of seven appointed members: three by the Governor and four by the Lieutenant Governor, two of which being recommended by the Speaker of the House. Funds in the bill come from the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, both passed by Congress in 2021. HB 1029 passed on a vote of 111-6.

Several bills were introduced to the House dealing with federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Some of the bills included one establishing a grant program for rural water associations (HB 1421); a bill establishing a grant program to assist in wastewater and drinking water infrastructure programs (HB 1425); and a bill providing a premium to law enforcement officers and firefighters across the state (HB 1427).

HB 884 would establish the Accelerate Mississippi Scholarship Program. Scholarships would be available to eligible students for dual-credit and dual-enrollment courses and career and technical education courses that lead to industry certification. The bill passed by a vote of 114-5.

House Bill 592 would suspend child support payments for incarcerated individuals under certain conditions. This bill was brought about by changes in the Federal rules dealing with the DHS. This bill passed the House by a vote of 90-18.

HB 1196 would revise certain licensing requirements for barbers, nurses and social workers. Citizens with felonies who have paid their debt to society would now be eligible for a license. The bill passed the House by a vote of 106-9.

HB 1510 was one of several bills dealing with the election process. Along with revising other provisions related to the integrity of elections, the bill would authorize the Secretary of State to audit local elections. After much discussion and several amendments, the bill passed 75-43.

Other passed the House including a bill that would: regulate the processing of sexual assault kits (HB 672); authorize the Mississippi Department of Corrections to offer hospice care services for terminally ill inmates (HB 936); authorize a leave of absence to Civil Air Patrol members for certain emergency services (HB 1179); and require all school districts to offer a gifted education program for seventh and eighth graders ( HB 1168).

Thanks for your prayers. Please contact me at 662-231-0133 or [email protected].

God bless,
Randy

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08/02/2022

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25/01/2022

WEEK 3 2022 SESSION

January 17th started the third week of the 2022 Legislative Session. This Session continues to see large issues brought forward. Committee work is in full force. More legislation will be discussed in the weeks ahead.

SB2095 or the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act was introduced to the House on Wednesday after passing the Senate last week. It is a follow-up to Initiative 65, passed by Mississippi voters in November 2020 and struck down by the Mississippi Supreme Court over a technicality in the ballot initiative process. SB 2095 outlines a medical ma*****na program that will treat conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, Crohn’s Disease, glaucoma and seizures, to name a few. After a committee amendment was adopted by the House, the program will be overseen by the Department of Health, and eligible patients with a registry ID card will be able to purchase no more than six MCEUs (Medical Cannabis Equivalency Units) or 3 ounces per week and no more than 28 MCEUs or 14 ounces per month. Several House members introduced amendments to SB 2095, but all failed. The final bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 105-14. I voted against this proposal for these reasons: (1) From things I have read, I believe this is not truly medical ma*****na because the THC content is too high (30% on combustibles and 60% on concentrates), (2) If it is truly medicine, it will be the only medicine that we tax. (3) I believe it will lead to recreational ma*****na and (4) Legislators can both regulate and be active in the ma*****na program after December 31, 2022: there is not enough separation.

On Thursday, HB770, or the Mississippi Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, was introduced to the House. Equal pay is currently protected under federal law, but HB 770 would allow someone to file a suit in state court instead of going through the federal court. Mississippi is currently the only state without an equal pay law on the books. The bill passed overwhelmingly by 114-6.

HB813 would create the Mississippi Study on the Affordability of Insulin. The State Health Officer of the Department of Health would be required to study the affordability of insulin state and report the findings to the Legislature by December 31, 2022. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 113-5 and has been sent to the Senate.

The House passed HCR21 authorizes a joint session of the Legislature next Tuesday evening to hear Governor Tate Reeves’s annual State of the State address on the south steps of the Capitol.

House Concurrent Resolution 8 also passed this week. HCR 8 honors the Mississippi State Baseball team and congratulates them on winning the 2021 NCAA National Championship in June. The team is expected to visit the Capitol in a few weeks and will be presented with the concurrent resolution at that time.

Please continue to pray for the legislators. My phone number remains the same, 662-231-0133 and my email address is [email protected].

God bless,
Randy

17/01/2022

Week 2 2022 Session

The second week of the 2022 Legislative Session began on January 10th. Even though it is early in the session, two monumental pieces of legislation were passed out of committee and were debated on the House floor.

For the last 10 years, we have been watching the expenses of the State Budget. Our constant vision of budgets has allowed us to reach times like this. I believe we are making history for Mississippi’s future.

HB530, or the Strategically Accelerating the Recruitment and Retention of Teachers (START) Act of 2022, was introduced to the Education Committee on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was brought to the House Floor. The START Act would raise the average starting salary of a Mississippi teacher $6,000, to $43,000. This would make the average starting salary of teachers higher than both the national and southeastern averages. It would also give every teacher a pay raise between $4,000 and $6,000, effective at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, and give teacher’s aides/assistants a salary bump of $2,000. The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 114-6, and it has been sent to the Senate for consideration. This was done to relieve a Teacher shortage. In the past, the difference in pay caused many of our Teachers, near the state line, to go to another state to earn more money. Other states not managing their budget, cannot match this deal.

The Mississippi Tax Freedom Act of 2022 (HB531) was also introduced on Wednesday. It is similar to last year’s proposal but has some key differences. The bill would eliminate the state income tax, becoming the tenth state in the United States to do so. It would also raise sales tax from 7% to 8.5%, lower grocery tax from 7% to 4%, and cut car tag prices by 50%. For a household making $40,000, a savings of $1,300 is estimated. The extra 1.5% is not charged on many items in our budgets, such as: insurance, mortgage payments, car payments, prescriptions, food, etc. The final result, when it is fully implemented, would be the largest tax cut in Mississippi history. HB 531 passed by a vote of 97-12.

The deadline for the introduction of general bills and constitutional amendments is Monday, January 17th. Many committees are waiting until all bills are filed to hold meetings. Floor action will pick up next week as bills are brought out of committee. Bills must be passed out of committee before they are considered by the House.

Please pray for me to be a legislator that does what Mississippi needs. My phone number remains the same, 662-231-0133 and my email address is [email protected]. I will be glad to hear from you.

God bless,
Randy

15/01/2022
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