Thursday, March 28, 2013

Governor Bryant Vetos HB 1584

Update:  About an hour after I published this blog post, the Clarion Ledger published an article on their online edition.  The link to it is here.

Sam Hall, with the Clarion Ledger confirmed that Governor Bryant vetoed HB 1584.  Hall summarizes HB 1584 as giving the PRVWSD " more autonomy over local governing decisions and allow them to collect revenue from tickets handed out on their property.  The bill would give PRVWSD the authority to provide police and fire protection, road and street maintenance, utility services, garbage collection and water and sewerage and other services."  See link to Hall's blog, here.  

The Bill was authored by Rep. Mark Baker, whose district includes a portion of the Reservoir.  Rep. Brent Powell is listed as an additional author.  Powell's district includes the remainder of the Rankin side of the Reservoir.  Honestly, I don't know anything about the contents of the bill at this time other than it sounds like trying to make the PRVWSD into a quasi-state agency run municipality.  I haven't dedicated the time to read it through, but I plan to do so this weekend and report back.  Regardless of the contents, it's surprising to me Bryant vetoed a bill authored by Baker and Powell.   


A copy of the entire bill, as vetoed, is below.  The Legislature's website indicates the bill was sent back to the Ways and Means Committee of the State House following the veto.  What does that require, a 3/5ths vote to overturn a veto? [note: Clarion Ledger says 2/3rds]  I don't know whether this bill is sexy enough to be brought up for another vote in the legislature.  Whether this bill maintains life after this session, I don't know either.   


10 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMGosh, what has the Governor done? Perhaps I misunderstood the bill, but I thought this was going to make the rez an overlay district with those fines and fees used to bring our community up to a livable standard and that they were assessed by Rankin County not the PRV. Can anyone explain what just happened? No one wants the PRV to have more power, but we did need someone to take responsibility and I thought that was going to be Rankin County. Have we all just been cast into the great abyss again by the Governor who lives (or used to) out here?

Anonymous said...

When did the Reservoir become such a bad place to live. I know there are some houses that need some attending to but Ive lived out here all my life and I think we are very well protected by fire and police. As a matter of fact, we hardly ever need fire or police help. Im not sure why he vetoed it but he obviously knows this and additional government would not be needed in his view. I dont need anyone to take responsibility for me and most of my neighbors feel the same way. Im personally tired of all this "government" being shoved down my throat, but I guess some people like that sort of thing.

Anonymous said...

I live close to the overlay district, and am very opposed to giving the PRV any additional authority. These are the same guys that sink a perfectly good boat by standing on the edge!!!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately there are times when we need government to defend and protect those from neighbors who want to live in a subdivision with all its conveniences like they have 40 acres and a mule. Two doors down from the Governors house someone decided if others in the neighborhood could park a motor home, they could park their tractor trailer rig. Without laws people press the envelope of what's acceptable. Take a drive at night through the Brendalwood subdivision and if the cops aren't checking ID's because of all the problems there, you might get to see what I am talking about. Glad your neighborhood is just fine, mine isn't and we need the Governor's help because the PRV isn't going to do it.

Anonymous said...

If you do not want the Rez Board to have more authority, stop asking the Board for services like enforcing Property Maintenance Code and Rental Ordinance. The Board adopted those regulations at the request of leaseholders. Rankin County has no similar ordinances and has refused to enforce the proposed Overlay District on Rez property - the County would enforce only on property outside the Rez. Leaseholders would fund enforcement on Rez property out of lease rents. The rest of the Overlay District would have received code enforecment in exchange for ad valorem taxes paid to the county, the same taxes Rez leaseholders pay without receiving the same County services. The Rez Board agreed to continue to enforce its ordinances as an accommodation to the County so that the County would pass the Overlay District and bear the cost to enforce it in other areas within the Overlay District outside the Rez. The House Bill which was vetoed would have allowed expanded enforcement authority for the Rez Board. Please support Wood Brown in his effort to pass an Overlay District to be enforced by the County for all tax payers within the District, not just those who live outside the Rez, and our legislators who are trying to find ways to improve the quality of life at the Reservoir.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Wood for your post.
So does this mean no enforcement of the Overlay exists? Or only on nonleasehold land?
Details folks, please?

Anonymous said...

9:56 I don't know if Wood made a post, but this is what I understand:
The RCD is a fact with Rankin County ordinances that address parking, accessory structures and signs. The county also has animal and nuance property ordinances that are for the entire county which includes the RCD. There will soon be an ordnance maybe county wide that addresses utility use, that is when a person moves or sells a house before utility service can be established a permit for an inspection will have to be issued.

The enforcement of county ordinances will be carried out by both the PRV and the county through an inter local agreement. Both use the same international property maintenance codes from 2006 and each has their code department to perform the inspections. The parking ordnance will be enforced by both the Reservoir Police and the Rankin County Sheriff Department issuing citations.

Anonymous said...

Anybody read this?

http://blogs.clarionledger.com/samrhall/2013/04/01/rankin-county-supervisors-sent-letter-asking-gov-bryant-to-veto-reservoir-bill/

Anonymous said...

Just read the letter from the supervisors to the Governor. Which Wood Brown was it that signed this letter, the one who we thought was helping us or the one who does something different behind closed doors? I may not agree with somebody but I respect someone who says it to may face and not do something like this. We have been let down by him, Governor Bryant and the PRV. Unbelieveable but something to remember when you vote.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Gov and Wood threw us under the bus.