Mississippi House of Representatives Weekly Summary for the Week of February 20, 2017
The end of this week marked the deadline for House appropriations and revenue bills to be introduced
The House Appropriations Committee finished passing bills regarding budgets for state entities last
week, so most legislation addressed this week came from the House Ways and Means Committee.
The Mississippi Development Authority Bond Bill, House Bill 1731, details the amount of bond money
that will be given to MDA programs. One section of the bill provides money for the ACE Fund, which
provides grants to local economic development entities to help expand businesses. Other sections of the
bill provide money that could be distributed in grants to counties and municipalities to improve
infrastructure, enhance local facilities and improve marketability of public property for economic
House Bill 1732 proposes that $50 million in bonds be disbursed by the Office of State Aid Road
Construction to repair bridges throughout the state. Half of the money would be allotted to
municipalities and the other half would be given to counties to assist with repair, rehabilitation or
reconstruction of bridges overseen by those groups.
Legislation proposing how much bond money should be given to state colleges, community colleges and
state parks – among other things – was passed in the form of House Bill 1734.
Each of these bond bills passed when presented on the House floor. The Senate has been busy passing
similar legislation, and now the two groups will come together to begin deciding how much money will
be put into each bill. This process typically lasts until the end of session when a final decision is reached.
The House also passed House Bill 1598, which will provide a state income tax credit to venison
processors in the amount of 50 percent of the production cost of processing venison donated by hunters
for the Mississippi Hunter’s Harvest Program. The program, which is part of the Mississippi Wildlife
Federation, provides donated venison meat to less fortunate Mississippi families as a low-fat,
dependable source of protein. Hunters and processors can learn more about how to be a part of the
program at mswildlife.org.
Committees have also begun to meet again, this time to discuss Senate Bills. Over the next couple of
weeks, Senate Bills will make their way out of House committees and onto the House floor for
discussion, while the Senate reviews bills that passed through the House.
Students who are members of Future Farmers of America came from all over the state to visit the
Capitol this week. Legislators also received visitors from the NAACP, the Mississippi Wildlife
Enforcement Officers’ Association, the Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi and the Mississippi Academy
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