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

With Mississippi’s 2022 legislative session less than a week away, lawmakers face an 8 p.m. Saturday deadline 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 out for as the remaining deadlines approach:

Income tax

  • HB No. 531– Mississippi Tax Freedom Act of 2022; to create.
  • SB No. 3164 – Taxation; reduce the grocery tax by 2%, phase out the 4% tax bracket, reduce the general fund share of car tag fees, and provide a rebate.

Equal pay

Law enforcement and firefighters

  • HB No. 1408 – Sheriff Wages; to augment.
  • SB No. 2803- Sheriffs; increase annual salaries by.
  • HB No. 1542- Assignment; in addition to DPS to provide a bounty to law enforcement officers and firefighters.
  • HB No. 1427- Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters; pay a premium to.
  • HB No. 842 – Rural Fire Truck Acquisition Assistance Program; allow two additional rounds for counties and municipalities.

Tourism

  • SB No. 3050- Assignment; Department of Tourism.
  • HB No. 453- Mississippi Tourism Recovery Fund – Round 2 and Mississippi Destination Development Fund; to create.

Education

  • HB No. 881 – University education programs for children with developmental disabilities; revise certain provisions.
  • HB No. 1068- Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act; moving forward.
  • HB No 1168- Education of the Gifted; require school districts to provide for 7th and 8th graders.
  • SB No. 2887 – School Boards; enable the purchase of electric vehicles for student transport.

Public health and welfare, medicine, drugs, etc.

  • HB No. 1005 – Nursing Education Incentive Program; to create.
  • HB No. 679 – Mississippi Pill Press Act of 2022; to create.
  • HB No. 607 – “Parker’s Law”; create the crime of “delivery of fentanyl resulting in death”.

Infrastructure

  • SB No. 2822 – “Mississippi Water Infrastructure Grant Program Act of 2022”; establish.

Alcoholic beverages

  • HB No. 512- Alcoholic beverages; remove the DOR from wholesale distributor status, authorize the issuance of wholesaler licenses.
  • HB No. 918- Alcoholic beverages; authorize the issuance of a food truck permit.
  • SB No. 2063- Alcoholic beverages; revise the definition of “qualified resort area” under the Local Option Liquor Control Act.
  • SB No. 2844 – Alcoholic Beverage Control Division; authorize the construction of a new warehouse and the procurement of operations.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

  • HB No. 1421 – ARPA Rural Water Association Infrastructure Grant Programs; established under the Ministry of Health.
  • HB No. 1425 – ARPA Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Grant Programs; established under the DEQ and the Ministry of Health.
  • HB No. 1537- Assignment; DEQ for the ARPA Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program.
  • HB No. 1538- Assignment; Department of Health for the ARPA Drinking Water and Drinking Water Associations Infrastructure Grant Programs.
  • SB No. 2862 – Assignment; Child Protective Services, Department of ARPA fonds.
  • SB No. 2863- Assignment; Mississippi Emergency Management Agency-ARPA fonds.
  • SB No. 2864- Assignment; National Guard-ARPA Fund.
  • SB No. 2865- Assignment; Mental Health, Department of ARPA fonds.
  • SB No. 3056- Assignment; in addition to environmental quality for the MS Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act-ARPA funds.
  • SB No. 3057- Assignment; in addition to Accelerate MS for the ARPA Nurse/Health Science Workforce Programs-ARPA funds.
  • SB No. 3059- Assignment; in addition to the DFA for the COVID-19 DMO Grant Program, -ARPA.
  • SB No. 3060- Assignment; in addition to the Department of Health for the Covid-19 Hospital Capacity Program and Operating Funds-ARPA.
  • SB No. 3062- Assignment; in addition to DFA-Bureau of Building-ARPA funds.
  • SB No. 3064- Assignment; in addition to the DFA for the MAICU grant program, -ARPA funds.
  • HB No. 1537- Assignment; DEQ for the ARPA Wastewater Infrastructure Grant Program.
  • HB No. 1538- Assignment; Department of Health for the ARPA Drinking Water and Drinking Water Associations Infrastructure Grant Programs.

Broadband

Host family

  • HB No. 1313 – “Enhancing Access and Inspiring True Hope (FAITH) Scholarship Program Act”; created to provide post-secondary financial assistance to foster children.

General

  • HB No. 1487 – State Song; designate “One Mississippi” as official.
  • HB No. 1509- COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate; prohibit state and local governments from taxing.
  • SB No. 2007- Honey; revise the definition of for the purposes of labeling requirements imposed by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture.
  • SB No. 2879 – Mississippi Voting Modernization Act; enact.

Constitutional amendment

  • UNHCR 39-Constitution; amend to provide that people have the right to propose new laws and to modify or repeal existing laws.

**Contributions by Sarah Ulmer, Capitol correspondent**

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