With 2019 being an election year, the legislative session has been slow. Because of this, the legislature plans to finish business a few weeks early. Here are the remaining tasks they must accomplish before closing the 2019 Legislative Session.

Determine what do to with bills on the concurrence and non-concurrence calendar.

These are the bills that have already passed both houses in the legislature. They have been returned to their original house with changes. The original body can either agree with the changes made and send the legislation to the governor or invite conference with the other house.

Conference committees are groups of three legislators from each side of the Legislature, selected by the Speaker of the House and the Lt. Gov. These committees work out disagreements between the two houses on pieces of legislation that passed through both sides. Once they submit a report, the House and Senate will vote on the report before the legislation goes to the Governor.

Determine what to do with local and private bills.

Local and private bills are legislation impacting local governments. These bills have a local and private committee, and are worked on throughout an entire legislative session, with less stringent deadlines.

Determine what to do with appropriations bills.

Appropriation bills are those that determine the state’s budget. Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation watches these bills closely to ensure state entities supporting farmers, ranchers and rural Mississippians are funded.

These organizations include, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi State University’s agricultural units, Alcorn State University, Alcorn State University Extension Service, Alcorn State University’s agricultural units, Mississippi Forestry Commission, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.