Friday, January 13, 2017

Hood releases legislative agenda

Attorney Generalissimo James Tiberius Hood issued his legislative agenda yesterday: 


ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM HOOD ANNOUNCES 2017 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
 
JACKSON— Attorney General Jim Hood today once again called upon the Mississippi Legislature to increase funding for the Department of Mental Health and said the state must take action during the 2017 legislative session to stem the epidemic of opioid abuse.
 
In a news conference announcing his legislative agenda, Attorney General Hood said lawmakers should make it a priority to improve mental-health treatment in Mississippi. Last year, the Legislature cut the Department of Mental Health’s budget by $8.3 million. A few months later, the U.S. Department of Justice sued the state, accusing Mississippi of violating federal law in the way it delivers services to the mentally ill.
 
Attorney General Hood also encouraged the Legislature to approve meaningful legislation to curb opioid abuse. Among the Attorney General’s proposed bills is one that would require health care professionals to have the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program checked before prescribing controlled substances such as opioids.
 
“Opioid abuse has affected millions of Americans, and we see the dramatic impact of such abuse right here in Mississippi,” Attorney General Hood said. “The devastating result of this abuse is broken families, escalating medical costs, overdoses and deaths. We must tackle this problem, and we must fund the state agencies that have the resources to address this crisis.”
 
A year ago, Attorney General Hood recommended that legislators allocate more than $20 million to state agencies for various programs. However, little of that money was appropriated for those purposes. In fact, since 2008, budget constraints have forced the Department of Mental Health to reduce the number of beds by approximately 500.
 
“We have a responsibility to the least among us. While we have made some improvements in our mental-health system over the last few years, we can’t lose focus. Nor can we choose to enrich greedy out-of-state corporations through tax cuts rather than meet the needs of people hurting right here in Mississippi,” Attorney General Hood said.
 
Other legislative priorities for the Attorney General include:
 
·       Establishing an Internet use tax.  A tax on Internet sales could bring in more than $130 million annually, according to one estimate. More importantly, such a tax would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar stores that are required to levy sales tax. AG Hood recently urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a 1992 ruling that requires a business to have a physical presence in a state in order to be required to remit sales and use taxes. The AG’s proposal would refine and expand that requirement to include most Internet businesses.
 
·       Early voting. A pre-Election Day voting period would begin three weeks before each election.
 
·       Campaign finance. Candidates and political committees would be required to itemize credit-card purchases.
 
·       Wiretapping authority for human trafficking investigations. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Attorney General’s Office could be authorized by a judge to use wiretaps if the agencies demonstrate probable cause to believe the wiretap will provide evidence of the commission of a felony under the Human Trafficking Act.
 
·       Indecent Assault. There is currently not an effective method to charge an individual with fondling a competent adult. Such acts are often charged as simple assault, but are being dismissed because that charge requires bodily injury or an attempt to cause bodily injury as an element for conviction. Adding “indecent assault” as a crime would correct this problem.
 
·       Sexual assault protection order. Courts would be authorized to issue, as part of the sentence, a criminal protection order against anyone convicted of rape or sexual battery, which would prohibit the offender from having contact with the victim. The order would be applicable regardless whether there had been a previous domestic relationship between the offender and victim.
 
·       Internet purchasing notification. Internet retailers would be required to inform the state the monetary amount of online purchases by Mississippi residents.
 
·       Currency forgery/counterfeiting. The punishment for counterfeiting or forging currency would be enhanced to a felony.
 
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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why would Hood want to have internet voting when the Russians just "hacked the election" of the Presidency?

Anonymous said...

I'm not the smartest old fella, but how does this qualify as him serving as the state's cheif legal advisor / officer. All that I just read, I am struggling to see how that falls under the umbrella of the attorney for the state of Mississippi?

Anonymous said...

" Internet purchasing notification. Internet retailers would be required to inform the state the monetary amount of online purchases by Mississippi residents"

Why does Jim Hood hate small businesses? Don't online retailers ALREADY inform the state of the monetary amount of online purchases when they pay their income taxes? What purpose does this serve? Either they are committing tax fraud or they aren't, but I'm pretty sure the burden of proving guilt should lie with the state.

Anonymous said...

It works the same way as the State Treasurer spending most of her time and resources "counseling" us on how to manage our personal finances.

Anonymous said...

9:47, I ain't that smart of a guy myself but, I kinda think that's what he does.

Anonymous said...

10:15 --

How is advocating tax increases part of the AGs purview? Wait. He's a Democrat, err, socialist. It's what they do.

A tax on Internet sales could bring in more than $130 million annually, according to one estimate.

Stay in your lane. Prosecute criminals, you socialist pig. Your job isn't to redistribute wealth, Bernie Sanders wannabe.

More importantly, such a tax would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar stores that are required to levy sales tax.

Right. Traditional capitalist enterprises are under no obligation to innovate and compete in a rapidly changing, tech-heavy economy. What you're suggesting is akin to government subsidies for the Clarion-Ledger. Its circulation and revenues are down because of the Internet, right? IT'S NOT FAIR! WAAAAAAAAAH. Socialism is evil. It elevates the state over the individual, and punishes producers. You're a socialist scumbag, no different that the departing Kenyan, whom you supported.

AG Hood recently urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider a 1992 ruling that requires a business to have a physical presence in a state in order to be required to remit sales and use taxes.

Last but not least, and in the same manner as Obama: if you can't get it legislatively, get the courts to legislate for you. (He knows better than to ask Bryant to do anything via executive order.)

Again, socialism is evil. A cancer on humanity and the human spirit. And every single Democrat in Mississippi and the United States is nothing but a filthy socialist. Godless, disgusting pieces of garbage.

Anonymous said...

11:01 AM
Your Medications probably need to be refilled, that, or you need to quit boozin' with them. I am not a dem but Conway might have a good idea about the drug regulation where people such as you are concerned. Maybe forced anger management for people with your issues.

Anonymous said...

For the life of me, I just can't understand what it to be gained by early voting! It seems to me all that could be gained would be more instances of fraud. Are people that busy / lazy that they can't (a) vote absentee or (b) get to the polls on election day? If you ask me, I believe voting times should be restricted (to keep better control / watch), not expanded.

Anonymous said...

early voting would give them a snapshot of the direction that the election would go, and then they could decide how many people to resurrect on the rolls, and how many will need to vote 2, possibly 3 times

Anonymous said...

There hasn't been an honest election in the U.S. for many years. Any changes will be to make the elections even more dishonest. Since we have crooked politicians we should have crooked elections.

Anonymous said...

If something gets screwed up with an early voting law, the Voting Rights Act makes it extremely difficult to fix later. See North Carolina. Mississippi already has early voting thanks to lax absentee voting requirements.

Anonymous said...

"Internet purchasing notification. Internet retailers would be required to inform the state the monetary amount of online purchases by Mississippi residents." Sickening! Damn you midget Hood! Damn you malignant dwarf! Do the voters know you and Trump have the same person " do" your hair?

Anonymous said...

Oh good Lord!
Some of you don't seem to realize that the taxes we pay are based on law.
And, none of you seem to know the difference between capitalism and socialism and the role government has to play in both.
Vietnam is a communist country with a capitalistic economic system. China is a communist country with a capitalistic economic system. Sweden is a socialist country with a capitalistic economic system. Russia is an oligarchy with a capitalistic economic system. Dubai is a monarchy with a capitalistic system.
Ayn Rand was not an economist. She did not study economics in college or anywhere else. She grew up and was educated in a communist country. She was a writer...first screen writer in Hollywood and then a novelist. She slept with economic students including Greenspan. So, the pillow talk economist.
Mainly, neither she or Greenspan took into consideration that some capitalists would be dishonorable and greedy. But, then they weren't students of history or human behavior. Greenspan said on national TV in an interview that he couldn't believe that Wall Street ( derivatives) or banks ( bad loans ) or real estate ( over rating home values) business people would do what they did.
Greenspan didn't say anything about the changes in LAWS that made all that possible.
Geez people try not to get mired down in the mud that political strategists throw at you to muddy the waters and turn you into their " true believers".



Anonymous said...

Most of Mr. Hoods agenda is based on furthering the agenda of the democrat party and lining the pockets of all the "non profit" agencies begging for money in this state. The money (new taxes) will never reach the people that actually need help. As far as the opioid abuse, Mr. Hood should find out where all the addicts are getting their prescriptions from!!

Tat for Tit.. said...

Kingfish: Can you please publish the legislatures agenda for the Attorney General's office. I've searched the archives.

Should Miss. tax internet sales?

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