2019 MS Legislative Halftime Report

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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 by the other chamber. Except where noted, the following bills are still alive.
The good
Economic Freedom
Current law allows certain foods (bread, cakes, candy, spices, etc.), which are made in a residential kitchen with non-commercial-grade appliances, to be sold directly to consumers without being subject to Health Department inspection of the kitchen. House Bill 702 would address two current restrictions. It removes the current prohibition on cottage foods being advertised over the Internet, including social media, and it increases maximum annual gross sales allowed from $20,000 to $35,000.
Criminal Justice Reform
Senate Bill 2781 will prohibit occupational licensure boards from withholding a license due to a prior criminal conviction, unless the crime for which an applicant was convicted directly relates to the duties and responsibilities for the relevant occupation.
In addition, HB 1352 will limit the circumstances under which a person’s driver’s license may be suspended as punishment for crimes that have nothing to do with driving a vehicle. This bill would also make adjustments to and/or expand drug courts, mental health courts, and veterans courts to help streamline the court system and to provide specialized treatment to lessen the likelihood that a convicted person will repeat their criminal activity.
The bad
Subsidies for Hollywood Producers
SB 2603 propose to reinstate the previously-expired “rebate” (which in reality is a grant) to out-of-state producers of films, TV shows, video games, commercials, etc. for the expenses they incur while producing their product in Mississippi. In-state

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