2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Voting Machine Modernization Act - Senate Bill 2879 (effective upon passage) – This bill enacted and repealed various sections of Title 23 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to create the Mississippi Voting Machine Modernization Act for the purpose of modernizing voting systems in the state. The act created the Voting Modernization Grant Program to be administered by the Secretary of State for the purpose of reimbursing counties or disbursing funds to counties for the purchase of modern voting systems.
Athlete Agent Model Act - Senate Bill 2690 (effective upon passage) – This bill amended various sections of Titles 37 and 73 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to revise the Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics Compensation Rights Act with regard to Name, Image and Likeness Agreements for Student-Athletes.
Mississippi Regulation of Charitable Solicitations Act Revisions - House Bill 590 (effective July 1, 2022) – This bill amended various sections of Title 79 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to revise the definition of Charitable Organizations as it pertains to religious institutions and clarified notice requirements to establish consistency with the Mississippi Registered Agent Act.
Proof of Citizenship and Election Support Fund Revisions - House Bill 1510 (effective upon passage) – This bill amended and repealed various sections of Title 23 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to authorize election officials to compare the Statewide Election Management System with state and federal databases to ensure that only United States citizens register to vote in Mississippi. HB 1510 also revised the disbursement of funds from the Election Support Fund by increasing the amount counties receive by twenty percent (20%).
2021 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
General Laws and Journals of Legislative Session Amendment - House Bill 1177 (effective March 17, 2021) - This bill amended Section 1-5-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that the Secretary of State shall not provide copies of general laws and journals of legislative sessions to certain recipients unless specifically requested. Created a new statute, Section 23-17-42, Mississippi Code of 1972, to authorize the Secretary of State to insert into the constitution amendments proposed by initiative of the people or legislative alternative in the same way the Secretary of State inserts into the constitution amendments passed by the state legislature.
Perpetual Care Cemeteries/Clean Up Amendment - Senate Bill 2261 (effective July 1, 2021) - This bill amended various sections of Title 19, Title 21 and Title 41 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 as those titles relate to authorizing counties and municipalities to clean property of perpetual care cemeteries not properly maintained and to seek reimbursement.
Registered Agent Act Amendment - Senate Bill 2204 (effective July 1, 2021) - This bill amended various sections of Title 79 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, to revise the LLC Act and Mississippi Registered Agents Act to require the listing of registered agents’ email addresses.
2020 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Land Patent Filing Fee Revision - House Bill 1332 (effective upon passage) - This bill amends Section 29-1-81, Mississippi Code of 1972, to revise the amount of the fee collected by the Secretary of State for the filing of a patent for the conveyance of state land.
Electronic Notary Amendment - House Bill 1156 (effective July 1, 2021) - This bill enacts and repeals various sections of Title 89 and Title 25 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to allow electronic notarial services and is to be known as the “Revised Mississippi Law on Notarial Acts.”
16th Section Online Filings Update - House Bill 1439 (effective July 1, 2020) - This bill amends Sections 29-1-3 and 29-3-82, Mississippi Code of 1972, to require school district officials to report information on the management of sixteenth section land leases as requested by the Secretary of State and revises the information that must be included in such reports.
Securities Filing Fee Simplification - House Bill 1440 (effective July 1, 2020)-This bill amends Section 75-71-305 and 75-71-310, Mississippi Code of 1972, to establish consistent securities registration filings and fees.
Absentee Voting Update - House Bill 1521(effective upon passage) - This bill amends various sections of Title 23, Chapter 15 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 to revise the procedures and timeline for mailing and receiving absentee ballots.
Foreign LLC Regulation Update - Senate Bill 2510 (effective upon passage) - This bill amends Section 79-29-1021, Mississippi Code of 1972, to authorize the administrative revocation of the registration of a foreign limited liability company if the Department of Revenue indicates that the company is delinquent in payments of taxes.