Legislative Session 2019

BPF follows, analyzes and comments on the latest Mississippi legislative session striving to inform Mississippians on its views regarding public policies that benefit or cause harm to our economic condition.

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Film Incentive Programs

Film Incentive Programs

Some of the motion picture production incentives offered by Mississippi taxpayers were allowed to lapse in 2017 in an intelligent move by the Legislature. Some of these lapsed incentives for out-of-state companies might be coming back if a bill becomes law.

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MS Legislative Halftime Report 2019

2019 MS Legislative Halftime Report

The 2019 Legislative Session, apparently by design, has been relatively uneventful compared to previous years, with few highly controversial bills being passed out of committee. Now more than halfway through the session, the House and Senate have passed the deadline for approving bills that originated in their own chambers. They are now considering bills approved...

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Huntington Ingalls Shipyard

Bond Bill for Huntington Ingalls Shipyard

Mississippi taxpayers already owe more than $5.8 billion in bond debt alone and the Mississippi House wants to add to that debt in a big way.The House passed a $173 million bond bill last Tuesday, on top of $45 million for a bond that would be a handout to Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula.

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Occupational License Reform

Occupational Licensing Reform

The Magnolia State hamstrings its citizens by licensing more occupations than all but four states and has some of the most onerous requirements to earn those licenses.

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Phone Privacy

Invasion of Privacy by Law Enforcement – Cell Site Simulator Devices

The Mississippi Legislature missed a great opportunity to protect the privacy of its citizens in the Information Age from the misuse of cell site simulator devices. House Bill 85 would’ve required a warrant for cell site simulator devices that can represent an invasion of privacy by law enforcement. It never made it out of committee...

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Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Justice Reform Bills

Mississippi has been a national leader since 2014 in the field of criminal justice reform and passage of these two bills will give recently-released convicts a chance at a new life with the goal of reducing recidivism rates.

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