Friday, April 4, 2014

This Year's PRVWSD Legislation

This year's legislative session did not produce much volume related to the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. The one big piece of legislation, HB 836, authored by Reps. Brent Powell and Mark Baker, added a local option for leasehold lands.  This Bill, which presumably could bring alcohol by the glass to leasehold lands, has been discussed previously here and (briefly) here.  It was signed by the Governor on March 17, 2014. The next step is to have a vote.

Two other bills mention the PRVWSD.  One being HB 1409, a budget bill designed to "revise" the Rankin County Sheriff's pay by an additional $10,000.00, apparently in part because he must put up with the PRVWSD.

Finally, there was HB 1491, the PRVWSD's annual budget bill.  Like all state agencies, the legislature must approve the budget for the PRVWSD.  This does not mean the State appropriates monies to the PRVWSD out of the General Fund, or any other state piggy bank.  This simply means that the fine men and women we elect as our legislators must approve the expenditure of funds raised by the PRVWSD, through leasehold fees, or otherwise.  This is evidenced by the title of the Bill (Special Funds) and the opening statement of Paragraph 1: "The following sum, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is authorized and approved for expenditure out of any funds which are received by or otherwise become available to the [PRVWSD]".  Other state agencies' appropriates bills contain language like: "The following sums, or so much thereof as may be necessary, are appropriated out of any money in the State Treasury not otherwise appropriated . . ." See, e.g., SB 2789 (Workers' Comp. Commission Budget Bill).

HB 1491 approved the PRVSWD budget of $18,226,845.00, along with 121 full time employees.  HB 1491 is provided below for your reading enjoyment.


Anonymous said...

I was halfway expecting a bill to pop up granting the PRV with policing powers since that's what their cruisers now say. Any reason for changing it from Reservoir Patrol to Reservoir Police when their responsibilities have not changed?

Anonymous said...

I may be wrong, but I'm thinking they are State Certified LE which means they are authorized to handle pretty much anything that comes their way, be it traffic, boating, DWI, domestic, drugs, etc.

Anonymous said...

No, last I heard the policing was left up to the sheriff's department. The Rez Patrol/Police setup DUI checkpoints, patrol the campgrounds/trailer parks, assist the sheriff's dept with any traffic control issues due to an event, and run patrol on the water.

The sheriff's dept responds to all crimes and handles all investigating for Rez-owned lands.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean the Rankin County Sheriff must "put up with PRV"? PRV residents pay ad valorem taxes which fund the sheriff's department as well as pay all other county expenses. Why should the Sheriff not serve PRV residents since they pay a large part of his salary?

Anonymous said...

Hmm could be because they ARE State Certified POLICE?

Just a thought, although I may be wrong.

Anonymous said...

Ok, so they are state certified police.

What are they policing, other than the responsibilities listed in the comment above?

Anonymous said...

Although SO responds to all crimes, etc, many times Rez Police is FIRST on scene, and they are quite good.

From my personal experience, we are thankful they were there, SO does a great job, I might add, but at times it may take them a bit to get to the scene whereas Rex Police it's a matter of seconds.
Personally I have no problem with what they do, how they do it, and where.