Legislative Updates

state-capitol-photo In compliance with Section 25-61-19, Mississippi Code of 1972, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will post on this page all legislation enacted during the session that revises the powers and duties of the agency. This site will be used to provide an overview of the legislation. In order to view the full text of the legislation, click the link to be directed to the Mississippi Legislature website.

2014 Legislative Measures

Bills Bill Summary
 HB941  An act to amend section 49-27-37, Mississippi Code of 1972, to increase to ninety days the amount of time for which an applicant can request for an extension for a coastal wetlands permit to the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources; and for related purposes.
HB1485 An act making appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Marine Resources for the fiscal year 2015.
 SB2068 An act to allow restaurants to prepare and serve recreationally caught marine finfish to the person who caught the finfish; and for related purposes.
 SB2579 An act to create the Department of Marine Resources Accountability and Reorganization Act; to amend section 49-15-11, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide for the reorganization of the Department of Marine Resources; to create certain offices within the department; to provide qualifications for certain agency personnel; to exempt personnel actions for six months from the State Personnel Board to provide for an effective and timely reorganization; to require an annual audit of the Department of Marine Resources; and for related purposes.

2015 Legislative Measures

Bills Bill Summary
HB879 An act to amend section 49-15-27, Mississippi Code of 1972, to revise the authority of the Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources to lease bottoms for oyster cultivation; to increase from 100 to 500 acres, the maximum acreage of bottoms allowed to be leased by any individual, corporation, partnership or association; to increase lease terms from one year to five years and provide for additional five-year renewal leases; to remove the total limitation of number of years for renewal; and for related purposes.
SB2516 An act to authorize the Commission on Marine Resources to suspend the license of a person for being out of compliance with an order for support; to revoke the license of a person violating seafood laws, failing to comply with a summons or failing to pay a fine; and for related purposes.
HB1545 An act making an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Marine Resources for the fiscal year 2016.

2016 Legislative Measures

Bills Bill Summary
HB188 An act to amend Section 49-15-21, Mississippi Code of 1972, to extend to twelve months after initial employment the time for which marine enforcement officers shall attend the necessary training or comply with other qualifications or successfully complete any law enforcement qualification examinations as required by the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers' Training Academy in order to continue receiving a salary, for related purposes.
HB815 An act to amend Section 49-15-41, Mississippi Code of 1972, to revise the prohibition on harvesting oysters at night to include off-bottom aquaculture; and for related purposes. 
HB1124 An act to amend Section 49-27-29, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide for the expiration of permits issued by the Commission of Marine Resources for activities affecting coastal wetlands; and for related purposes.
HB1657 An act of making an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Marine Resources for the fiscal year 2017. 
SB2597 An act to amend Section 49-15-40, Mississippi Code of 1972, to revise the authority of the Commission on Marine Resources relating to oyster aquaculture facility developments and oyster production technologies; and for related purposes.
SB2600 An act to amend Section 49-15-36, Mississippi Code of 1972, to remove the requirement that waters of oyster reefs be tested within a certain period of time after a closure by the Commission on Marine Resources; and for related purposes.

2017 Legislative Measures

Bills Bill Summary
HB1518 An act of making an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Marine Resources for the fiscal year 2018. 
SB2664 An act to amend Section 49-15-30, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that if a nonresident's domicile state has mandatory licensing requirements then the nonresident must meet those requirements before receiving a Mississippi nonresident commercial fishing license; and for related purposes. 
SB2683 An act to amend Section 49-15-64.1, Mississippi Code of 1972, to revise the waters closed to shrimping; and for related purposes. 

2018 Legislative Measures

Bills Bill Summary
HC41 A concurrent resolution the Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, the Executive Director of the Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and the Secretary of State to develop a map indicating the geographic area on the Mississippi Coast that is eligible for licensed gaming under state law.
HB1041 An act to amend Section 49-27-29, Mississippi Code of 1972, to provide that permits issued by the Commission of Marine Resources for governmental entities shall be valid for ten years; and for related purposes.
HB1606 An act of making an appropriation for the support and maintenance of the Department of Marine Resources for the fiscal year 2019. 

 


 

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