Mississippi Legislation
2024 Legislative Updates

February 16, 2024

The seventh week of the Legislative session has now concluded. Wednesday's deadline has now passed and no new general bills may be requested. This Monday, February 19th, is the deadline to introduce general bills and constitutional amendments. 
The Appropriations process is still in its early stages and we expect to pick up in late March. Many committee budget hearings have continued this week, and the last remaining committees have held organizational meetings.

On Wednesday the House Colleges and Universities Committee passed HB 994, a bill to increase award amounts and eligibility to more Mississippians under the state’s largest college financial aid program. It seeks to allow adult, part-time and low-income college students to be able to receive the Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG). This bill would benefit middle-class state residents who aren’t eligible for the federal Pell Grant.
 
On Thursday, HB 903 was passed out of the Judiciary B committee. It aims to make manufacturing, possessing, or using of a machine gun conversion device a felony offense. Federal law already outlaws’ device ownership and sale, this bill would codify the rule in state law for use by local prosecutors.
Earlier this week, the Mississippi Community College Board met before the House Colleges and Universities Committee to address its funding needs and provide updates. Many committee members stated concerns regarding the state funding designed to support all 15 of the state's community colleges, that has in recent years primarily been distributed to "bigger junior colleges". These members urged the need for an updated funding formula in designating project priority.
 
Bills continue to be considered by committees and both chamber floors daily at an ever-increasing rate. 
Bill Tracking List

February 9, 2024

 

The sixth week of the Legislative session has now concluded. This Wednesday, February 14th, is the first deadline of the session for legislators to request drafting for bills.

On Tuesday the House passed a bill that would effectively remove prohibition from state law, HB 777. The bill seeks to allow cities under 5,000 in population to sell liquor and wine. If the municipalities choose not to, citizens can reverse the decision through a referendum process. Mississippi was the last state that repealed its statewide prohibition law in 1966. The legislation would also give larger cities that are in a dry county the authority to hold a local vote to allow liquor sales.

 

 

On Wednesday, the House passed HB 331, a bill that would remove state regulations for counties and cities on building permits, which licensed contractors and property owners use for approval on construction projects. This bill seeks to give counties and cities the right to pick and choose their own building permit regulations and processes. It will now be considered by the Senate.

On Thursday, the House amended the Senate’s original bill, SB 2140, addressing prior authorization reforms between doctors and insurance companies. Prior authorization mandates that doctors seek insurance provider approval for non-emergency procedures. These approvals are divided into urgent and non-urgent categories. The House approved an amendment that changed the 24-hour requirement for emergent requests to 48-hours and extended the time frame for non-emergent requests from five working days to seven. The chamber also removed the physician requirement for initial approval. This bill will now return to the Senate.

Yesterday the MS Department of Education provided an update on our school funding formula (MAEP) to the Senate Education Committee, stating its pros and cons.

Earlier this week, MS Division of Medicaid Executive Director Drew Snyder testified before the House Medicaid Committee and Appropriations Committee to give an Medicaid update on its current status. Changes to Medicaid continue to be a hot topic this session.

 Bills continue to be considered and introduced daily, and are now assigned to their respective committee.


February 2, 2024

The fifth week of the Legislative session has now concluded. 
On Tuesday Governor Reeves released his required Fiscal Year 2025 Executive Budget Recommendation using the revenue estimate as it was originally proposed by the Revenue Estimating Group, the total of which comes to $7.641 billion. Governor Reeves’ top priority is eliminating the income tax. He said each fiscal year Mississippi should take the total amount of revenue above estimates and put half of it towards eliminating the income tax, beginning in FY25.
On Wednesday the House passed HB 539 with a 117-5 vote. This bill introduces presumptive eligibility for pregnant women and was authored by House Medicaid Committee Chairwoman Missy McGee. It allows pregnant women whose net family income is 194% or less of the federal poverty level to be presumed eligible for Medicaid. They could receive medical services before their Medicaid application is officially approved by the Mississippi division of Medicaid. 
On Thursday the House passed HB 774, which would legalize online sports betting within the state. Similar legislation has failed to pass for the last 4 sessions. The bill, which passed 97 to 14, would allow for online sports gambling, and would require mobile companies to contract with casinos. Only people located in Mississippi can participate in the online wagering platforms. Mississippi currently has 26 casinos.
Earlier this week, a joint meeting was held between the House and Senate Public Health Committees aimed to address health care in the Delta, one of the state’s sickest regions. Representatives from the Delta Council, an economic development organization, presented a plan before each committee during the meeting. The proposal included a plan to jointly manage hospitals and clinics in the Delta under one new government authority. Some Delta lawmakers spoke against this plan, citing issues and that this was the first time they were hearing of it. 
Bills have continued to be introduced daily and are now assigned to their respective committee.

January 26, 2024

The fourth week of the Legislative session has now concluded. 

Yesterday, the House and Senate again entered a special session called by Governor Reeves and approved a $10 billion Amazon Web Services project in Madison County. This will be the largest-ever capital investment in state history and provide two data centers.

This week bill introduction has steadily increased and they are now assigned to each respective committee.


January 19, 2024

The third week of the Legislative has now concluded. 
Yesterday morning, the House and Senate entered a special session called by Governor Reeves to finalize details for an economic development project Reeves announced Tuesday. This was the first special session called by Governor Reeves during a traditional Legislative session in two years. 


The nearly $2 billion project will be located in Marshall County and provide 2,000 jobs. The development will produce and transport electric batteries intended to power commercial vehicles.

Many bills have been reported as of this week. Several hundred bills have been "introduced", but are still being uploaded and not publicly accessible at this time. We anticipate these bills to be posted over the course of the week.

 


January 12, 2024

The second week of the Legislative has now concluded. 

On Tuesday, Governor Tate Reeves was inaugurated for his second term. Reeves has previously stated his focus during this term would include tax cuts, job creation, low unemployment and strides in education, including improvements in test scores for grade school reading.

Yesterday, the Senate chamber voted to officiate the Rules on its Senate Committees, and also finalized its committee membership. This morning, the House chamber confirmed its committee membership. Both rosters of Committee membership have been attached for your review. Additionally, the lengthy Senate Rules have been attached for your records.
At this time no bills have been reported. Now that both Chambers have confirmed their Committee Chairs and membership, we anticipate legislation to start being introduced next week, which Ten One Strategies will be monitoring. Bills must be passed out of committee before they are considered by each chamber of the legislature.

January 5, 2024

This week the MS Legislature commenced the 2024 Legislative session on Tuesday, January 2nd. This is the first year of a new legislative 4 year term. The House and Senate will work for 120 days to establish policy impacting Mississippians, this is a "longer" session, with the aim of giving new members time to become better acclimated with the legislative process. The following three years will return to 90 day sessions. 

All Senate and House members, and statewide elected officials have taken their oath of office this week, other than Governor Reeves, which will occur on Tuesday January 9th. 

House District 48 Representative Jason White was confirmed on Tuesday as the state’s 62nd House Speaker after a unanimous floor vote. Speaker White has much excitement behind him from both parties, and is known for his passion of serving without provoking partisan divide. The newly elected Speaker states his main priorities during the next four years is to create jobs, foster economic development, and increase private investments. 

Representative Manly Barton of District 109 was tapped by members to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore for the term. He was elected by acclimation on a voice vote by the House floor.

Yesterday after being sworn-in, Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann stated that his legislative priorities this session will be improving Mississippi’s workforce participation rate, ensuring the state’s public pension plan is financially viable, and addressing the state’s health care crisis. One of the state's leading political news organizations published a helpful article on this. 

Today the House voted on the rules of this session's committee structure, such as which committees will exist and how many members shall be allowed per committee. House Committee membership has not been assigned yet, a full list of which members are assigned to each committee is expected by next week's end. The Senate has yet to confirm its rules on committee structure. 

Over the last few months, lawmakers have held hearings on different policy issues that will be debated this session. It is likely at this time that many bills have been submitted to the Speaker's office for official introduction, however no bills have been referred to any committee. Until committee rules and membership is finalized, no bills are to be referred to any committee. Bills must be passed out of committee before they are considered by each chamber of the legislature. 

Many deadlines are approaching in the coming weeks and months, please see their schedule here.  The deadline to request general bills and constitutional amendments is Wednesday, February 14, and the introduction deadline of each is Monday, February 19th. The Committees Reporting deadline is Wednesday, March 5.


Past Legislative Sessions

2023 Mississippi Legislative Report
2022 Mississippi Legislative Report
2021 Mississippi Legislative Report
2020 Mississippi Legislative Report