Legislative Newsletter

Week of February10-14, 2014

Senate Bill Would Change Assessment Law for Affordable Housing 


SB 2939, introduced by Senator Nickey Browning of Pontotoc, would remove the current law on assessing affordable housing.   The Senate legislation was introduced this week as a revenue bill and was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

Click here for a list of Finance Committee Members .....


Lobbyists for MAAHP worked to stop similar legislation that was introduced in the House of Representatives that was deemed to be non-revenue which has different deadlines.  The three bills introduced in the House died on the previous committee deadline.  SB 2939 removes language in the current law that provides the assessment procedures for affordable housing, and would have all properties assessed at the discretion of the county assessor.  In short, the legislation would remove the language that became law in 2005 giving affordable housing rental properties their current assessment structure. 

Lien Law Passes Senate 


The Senate passed a lien law on a 48-2 vote that creates a new lien law.  SB 2622is needed in response to constitutional issues created in the Noatex vs. King Construction case.  In 2012, Judge S. Allan Alexander ruled that the Mississippi stop notice law is unconstitutional.  The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling in the fall of 2013.  As a result of the ruling, sub-contractors and material providers have no expedient way to pursue construction disputes involving non-payment from contractors and a new law must be created as a remedy.

Building Code Legislation Passes House


The House of Representatives passed a building code bill by a vote of 86-29.


HB 679 would require all cities and counties to follow the building code adopted and amended by the Mississippi Building Code Council (MBCC). 


The legislation would require cities and counties to follow one of the three latest editions of the International Residential Code adopted by the MBCC.  However, the municipality or county has 120 days after the bill goes into law to opt out of the mandate.  The legislation also states that the mandatory fire sprinkler provisions are to be exempted from the codes.  Cities and counties can still adopt codes beyond what is adopted by the MBCC, but no code less stringent.  SB 2378 is companion legislation and has not been assigned a committee in the House. 


Facebook    Twitter    LinkedIn    Pinterest