Update: 2017 Legislative Agenda of the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office
Election Code Update – Technical updates to the Election Code as well as substantive revisions, such as
the implementation of a certified poll manager training program;
staggering of election commissioners’ terms; reduction in the number of
paper ballots required to be printed and machines to be used; shortening
of the timeline for political committees to file statements of
organization to forty-eight hours (48) after receiving or spending
funds; increasing transparency by requiring filers to itemize payments
made to credit card issuers, banks, or online payment portals; and
placing sanctions on political committees failing to make required
filings with the Secretary of State’s Office.
- HB 467, sponsored by Rep. Bill Denny, has passed the House and has been transmitted to the Senate.
Vulnerable Adult Amendments to the Mississippi Securities Act
– Under the Mississippi Vulnerable Persons Act, investment advisers and
broker-dealers must notify the Department of Human Services if they
know or suspect a vulnerable person has been or is being abused,
neglected, or exploited. This proposed amendment to the Mississippi
Securities Act will require investment advisers and broker-dealers to
also notify the Secretary of State’s Office, and allow them to notify a
designated third party or delay disbursements if they reasonably believe
financial exploitation has been attempted or has occurred. This
amendment, along with its immunity provisions, will create incentives to
encourage firms to report potential financial exploitation as early as
- SB 2911, sponsored by Sen. Sally Doty, passed the Senate and has been transmitted to the House.
Increasing Security Violation Penalties – Under
the Mississippi Securities Act, securities firms are required to
reasonably supervise their employees and failure to do so is a violation
of the Act. This bill amends the Act to clarify if a firm fails to
supervise an employee for more than twelve (12) months or fails to
supervise multiple employees these failures result in multiple
violations of the Act rather than a single violation.
- HB 1002, sponsored by Rep. Hank Zuber, passed the House and has been transmitted to the Senate.
- SB 2423, sponsored by Sen. Joey Fillingane, passed the Senate and has been transmitted to the House.
Public Improvement Districts (PID) Amendments –
Amends the Public Improvement District statutes by reducing PID board
member terms; removing board members who fail to attend meetings or fail
to pay required PID assessment fees; limiting contribution agreements
made by counties or municipalities; determining voting interest by the
number of tax parcels or acres owned; allowing the county or
municipality to dissolve the district, appoint a new board, or take
other action; and providing for property to be stricken to the PID if
assessments are unpaid and unredeemed at the county tax sale.
- HB 1308, sponsored by Rep. Jason White, passed the House and has been transmitted to the Senate.
Davis Bayou Land Transfer –
Allows the Secretary of State to transfer to the National Park Service
the water bottom (approximately 1.08 acres) beneath its pier and boat
launch in the Davis Bayou Area of the Gulf Islands National Seashore in
- HB 1225, sponsored by Rep. Casey Eure, passed the House and has been transmitted to the Senate.
Business Law Clean-Up
– Amends the Mississippi Business Corporate Act to allow for winding up
after a corporation is administratively dissolved and removes the ten
(10) year limitation on voting agreements.
- SB 2350, sponsored by Sen. Sean Tindell, passed the Senate and has been transmitted to the House.
Mississippi Entity Conversion and Domestication Act Clean-Up –
Makes technical amendments clarifying documents to be filed with the
Secretary of State and removes charitable non-profit corporations from
the list of entities eligible to convert.
- SB 2327, sponsored by Sen. Sean Tindell, passed the Senate and has been transmitted to the House.