*Note: This page will be continuously updated as votes are taken and posted. By clicking on the bill number, you can view the full text of the bill, current status, and vote totals. Vote totals are preliminary and may differ from the final totals. To view the vote by party, copy and paste the names from the vote totals pdf here.
Tuesday February 28, 2017
- SB 2689: The House considered this campaign finance reform bill, which increases transparency and accountability for elected officials by preventing the use of campaign funds for personal purposes. I voted Yes, the measure passed 102-12.
- SB 2327: This bill makes a number of changes to business filing requirements with the Secretary of State, primarily to simplify the filing process. I voted Yes, the measure passed 116-0.
- SB 2544: This bill creates a special fund to hold money that’s appropriated for emergency actions of the Mississippi National Guard. This is a core function of state government, and these funds should exist outside of general fund restrictions to ensure they are available in the event of an emergency. I voted Yes, the measure passed 119-0.
- SB 2642: This bill expands transparency by requiring state agencies to post agreements along with their budgets on the legislative budget website. I voted Yes, the measure passed 117-0.
- SB 2645: This bill helps save taxpayer dollars by placing a temporary moratorium on the purchase of new state vehicles to help reduce costs and protect taxpayers. I voted Yes, the measure passed 118-1.
Wednesday March 1, 2017
- SB 2649: This bill brings forward a number of code sections relating to the state budget, but the only change it makes is extending by one year the repeal date for the health care trust fund, which holds money from the state’s tobacco settlement. I voted Yes, the measure passed 115-3.
- SB 2625: This bill is a follow up to the “sweep” bill from last year that moved many special funds to the general fund. This bill moves a number of other special funds to the general fund, which will allow the legislature to set funding priorities and increase efficiency in government spending. I voted Yes, the measure passed 84-33.
- SB 2437: This bill requires taxing entities to file reports with the Department of Revenue as opposed to the State Auditor. I voted Yes, the measure passed 114-2.
- SB 2445: This bill increases the size of government by requiring the Department of Revenue to develop a system to identify assets in banks held by those with tax liens from the state. This grows the size and responsibilities of the Department of Revenue and will result in more revenue collections. I voted No, the measure passed 108-4.
- SB 2474: This bill extends a government grant program that provides corporate welfare to companies in the state. I voted No, the measure passed 107-7.
- SB 2448: This bill expands government by widening the scope of government “economic development” entities to include other local subdivisions. This also increases their borrowing authority by making them eligible for bond issuance under these entities. I voted No, the measure passed 113-6.
- SB 2157: This bill authorizes organizations to pay for distinctive license plates. I voted Yes, the measure passed 118-0.
- SBs 2859, 2857, 2367, 2155: The House considered these measures in a block, each of them rename portions of highways to honor Mississippians. I voted Yes, the measures passed 112-0.
- SB 2571: This bill expands the freedom of local officials to place signs on roads in the Delta National Heritage Area. I voted Yes, the measure passed 119-0.
- SB 2271: This bill decreases fees on Mississippians by exempting service veteran from hunting licensing fees. The legislature should further seek to decrease the burden of these fees on all Mississippians. I voted Yes, the measure passed 119-0.
- SB 2165: This bill extends the repeal date of the “No-call list.” Regulating this aspect of private business is outside the proper role of government. I voted No, the measure passed 113-1.
- SB 2861: This bill provides additional accountability in government by establishing a task force to examine all E911 fees charged in the state, along with how the fees are spent. I voted Yes, the measure passed 117-1.
- SB 2835: This bill repeals antiquated regulations involving the harvesting of timber. The state should decrease regulations on private business operations such as this. I voted Yes, the measure passed 115-0.
Thursday March 2, 2017
- HCRs 75, 76, 77: The House considered these ceremonial resolutions as a block. I voted Yes, the resolutions passed 114-0.
- SB 2612: This bill expands economic freedom by allowing more municipalities to establish districts that nullify alcohol regulations. I voted Yes, the measure passed 79-32.
- SB 2359: This bill allows the state department of Agriculture to lease naming rights to their properties to private entities. This will increase the role of government in operating these properties, and providing advertising space to private entities. I voted No, the measure passed 109-8.
- SB 2564: This bill renames a building in honor of the late Congressman Alan Nunnelee. I voted Yes, the measure passed 117-0.
- SB 2342: This bill makes some technical changes to the statute concerning termination of parental rights, and makes a few tweaks to give parents more flexibility. I voted Yes, the measure passed 84-23.
- SB 2305: This bill includes mail carriers in the statute requiring individuals to change lanes or slow down when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle on the side of the highway. I voted No, the measure passed 115-2.
- SB 2673: This bill sets up a Youth Court Task Force, and adds reporting requirements to gain better insight into the problem of child abuse and neglect in the state. I voted Yes, the measure passed 104-12.
- SB 2006: This bill places additional regulations and requirements on healthcare providers dictating how they must inform patients following certain procedures. I voted No, the measure passed 115-1.
- SB 2214: This bill extends the repeal date on regulatory requirements for those who practice acupuncture. These licensing requirements serve to protect established players while driving up prices and limiting competition in the market. I voted No, the measure passed 112-3.
- SB 2610: This bill clarifies provisions related to a CBD oil trial at UMMC in an attempt to expand the program. The state should seek to decrease these regulations and allow doctors, families, and providers to make decisions their own health decisions. I voted Yes, the measure passed 114-0.
- SC 626: The House considered this ceremonial resolution. I voted Yes, the measure passed 112-1.
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