Here’s a look at some of the bills that are in conference this weekend.

With less than a week left in the 2022 Mississippi Legislative session, lawmakers face a deadline on Saturday at 8 p.m. to file conference reports on Appropriations and Revenue bills. Other general bills are also in conference between the two chambers.

Below are some of those bills to watch as the remaining deadlines approach:

Income Tax 

  • H. B. No. 531– Mississippi Tax Freedom Act of 2022; create.
    04/05 Approved by Governor
  • S. B. No. 3164- Taxation; cut grocery tax by 2%, phase out 4% income tax bracket, cut General Fund portion of car tag fees, and give rebate.
    03/26 (S) Died In Conference

Equal Pay 

  • H. B. No. 770- Mississippi Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; create.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • S. B. No. 2451- Mississippi Equal Pay Act; enact.
    03/28 (S) Died In Conference

Law enforcement and fire fighters

  • H. B. No. 1408- Sheriffs’ salaries; increase.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • S. B. No. 2803- Sheriffs; increase annual salaries of.
    03/28 (S) Died In Conference
  • H. B. No. 1542- Appropriation; additional to DPS for providing premium pay to law enforcement officers and firefighters.
    04/07 (S) Enrolled Bill Signed
  • H. B. No. 1427- Law enforcement officers and fire fighters; provide premium pay to.
    04/07 (S) Enrolled Bill Signed
  • H. B. No. 842- Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program; authorize two additional rounds for counties and municipalities.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22

Tourism

  • S. B. No. 3050- Appropriation; Department of Tourism.
    03/26 (S) Died In Conference

Education

  • H. B. No. 881- University-based programs of education for children with developmental disabilities; revise certain provisions.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • H. B. No. 1068- Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act; bring forward.
    03/28 (H) Died In Conference
  • H. B. No 1168- Gifted education; require school districts to provide for students in Grades 7 and 8.
      04/05 (H) Died In Conference
  • S. B. No. 2887- School Boards; allow to purchase electric vehicles for student transportation.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22

Public health and welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. 

  • H. B. No. 1005- Nursing Education Incentive Program; create.
      04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • H. B. No. 679- The Victoria Huggins Mississippi Pill Press Act of 2022; create.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • H. B. No. 607- “Parker’s Law”; create crime of “fentanyl delivery resulting in death.”
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22

Infrastructure 

  • S. B. No. 2822- “Mississippi Water Infrastructure Grant Program Act of 2022”; establish.
    04/05 (H) Conference Report Adopted

Alcoholic beverages

  • H. B. No. 512- Alcoholic beverages; remove DOR from being wholesale distributor, authorize issuance of wholesaler’s permits.
    03/28 (H) Died In Conference
  • H. B. No. 918- Alcoholic beverages; authorize issuance of food truck permit.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • S. B. No. 2063- Alcoholic beverages; revise definition of “qualified resort area” under the Local Option Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
    4/07 (H) Enrolled Bill Signed
  • S. B. No. 2844- Alcoholic Beverage Control Division; authorize construction of new warehouse and contracting for operations.
    04/04 (H) Conference Report Adopted

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) 

  • H. B. No. 1421- ARPA Rural Water Associations Infrastructure Grant Programs; establish under Department of Health.
    04/04 (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • H. B. No. 1425- ARPA Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Grant Programs; establish under DEQ and Department of Health.
    04/05 (H) Died In Conference
  • H. B. No. 1537- Appropriation; DEQ for ARPA Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program.
    04/05 (H) Died In Conference
  • H. B. No. 1538- Appropriation; Department of Health for ARPA Drinking Water and Rural Water Associations Infrastructure Grant Programs.
    04/07 (S) Enrolled Bill Signed
  • S. B. No. 2862– Appropriation; Child Protective Services, Department of-ARPA funds.
    04/05 (S) Died In Conference
  • S. B. No. 2863- Appropriation; Mississippi Emergency Management Agency-ARPA funds.
    04/05 (S) Died In Conference
  • S. B. No. 2864- Appropriation; National Guard-ARPA funds.
    04/05 (S) Died In Conference
  • S. B. No. 2865- Appropriation; Mental Health, Department of-ARPA funds.
    04/05 (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • S. B. No. 3056- Appropriation; additional to Environmental Quality for the MS Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act-ARPA funds.
    04/05 (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • S. B. No. 3057- Appropriation; additional to Accelerate MS for the ARPA Nurse/Health Science Workforce Programs-ARPA funds.
    04/05 (S) Died In Conference
  • S. B. No. 3059- Appropriation; additional to DFA for the COVID-19 DMO Grant Program, -ARPA.
    04/05 (S) Died In Conference
  • S. B. No. 3060- Appropriation; additional to Health Department for the Covid-19 Hospital Capacity Program and operations-ARPA funds.
    04/04 (S) Conference Report Adopted
  • S. B. No. 3062- Appropriation; additional to DFA-Bureau of Building-ARPA Funds.
    04/05 (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • S. B. No. 3064- Appropriation; additional to DFA for the MAICU Grant Program, -ARPA funds.
    04/05 (H) Conference Report Adopted
  • H. B. No. 1537- Appropriation; DEQ for ARPA Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program.
    04/05 (H) Died In Conference
  • H. B. No. 1538- Appropriation; Department of Health for ARPA Drinking Water and Rural Water Associations Infrastructure Grant Programs.
    04/07 (S) Enrolled Bill Signed

Broadband

  • H. B. No. 1029- Mississippi Broadband Accessibility Act; create.
      04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22

Foster Care

  • H. B. No. 1313- “Fostering Access and Inspiring True Hope (FAITH) Scholarship Program Act”; create to provide postsecondary financial assistance to foster children.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22

General 

  • H. B. No. 1487- State song; designate “One Mississippi” as official.
    03/30 (H) Died In Conference
  • H. B. No. 1509- COVID-19 vaccine mandate; prohibit state and local government from imposing.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • S. B. No. 2007- Honey; revise definition of for purposes of labeling requirements enforced by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture.
    04/06 Due From Governor 04/23/22
  • S. B. No. 2879- Mississippi Voting Modernization Act; enact.
    04/05 (H) Enrolled Bill Signed

Constitutional Amendment

  • HCR 39- Constitution; amend to provide that people have the right to propose new statutes and to amend or repeal existing statutes.
    04/05 (H) Died In Conference

**Contributions by Sarah Ulmer, Capitol Correspondent**