Mississippi State Resource Center
Mississippi Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney-General of Mississippi is the chief legal officer of the state and serves as the State's lawyer. Only the Attorney-General can bring or defend a lawsuit on behalf of the State.
The Governor of Mississippi is the head of the executive branch of Mississippi's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Mississippi Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and, except in cases of treason or impeachment, to grant pardons and reprieves.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor of Mississippi is the second-highest ranking executive officer in Mississippi, right below the governor. The Lt. Governor is President of the (state) Senate and presides over that body, only voting to break a tie. The Lt. Governor has the sole ability to appoint members, vice-chairmen, and chairmen to the various Senate committees, regardless of each party's strength in the chamber.
- Secretary of State
The Office of the Secretary of State is dedicated to being both a service and information agency. There are seven divisions of the Secretary of State’s Office: Business Regulation and Enforcement, Business Services, Education and Publications, Elections, Policy and Research, Public Lands, and Securities and Charities. In addition, the agency employs executive and administrative staff which help oversee the various functions of the office.
- State Auditor
The mission of the Office of the State Auditor is to serve its customers and protect the public's trust by independently assessing state and local governmental and other entities to ensure that public funds are properly received, are legally, effectively, and efficiently spent and are accounted for and reported accurately. The Department of Audit comprises one of the largest auditing firms in the state.
- State of Mississippi
The state of Mississippi is located in the Southern United States. Jackson is the state capital and largest city. The name of the state derives from the Mississippi River, which flows along its western boundary, which namesake is from the Ojibwe word misi-ziibi ("Great River").
- State Treasurer
The responsibilities of the State Treasurer include the issuance of State debt, responsibility for the timely payment of principal and interest on the State's bond and note obligations, and receiving, disbursing and investing State funds. The State Treasurer also represents the Executive Branch on various boards and commissions.
Mississippi Legislative Branch
- Legislative Bill Status System
This site offers the full text of all the bills submitted by the House or Senate, as well as their current status, back to the 1997 legislative session. The bills can be viewec in HTML or PDF format for the current session, or in their in-house CITRIX format.
- Legislative PEER Committee
Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. PEER provides the Legislature with timely and accurate information on Mississippi state government in order to enable that body to perform its function of legislative oversight. PEER analyzes state agency programs and operations and helps the Legislature make state government more effective, efficient and accountable. The forms which PEER analyses take include: performance evaluations; investigations; and expenditure reviews.
- Mississippi State Legislature
The Mississippi Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Mississippi. The bicameral Legislature is composed of the lower Mississippi House of Representatives, with 122 members, and the upper Mississippi Senate, with 52 members. Both Representatives and Senators serve four-year terms without term limits.
Mississippi Court Rules and Forms
- Court Forms
AOC, Court Reporter, Financial, Statistical Reporting, and Travel Forms.
- Drug Court Rules
Link to pdf download.
- Local Chancery Court Rules
Local Rules of the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, Sixteenth, Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Chancery Court Districts.
- Local Circuit Court Rules
Local Rules of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, Fifteenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Circuirt Court Districts.
- Local County Court Rules
Local Rules of the County Courts of Desoto, Harrison, Lowndes and Rankin Counties.
- Mississippi Court Rules
MS Rules of Court
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - District of Mississippi Rules
Link to pdf download of Uniform Local Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts - Northern & Southern Districts of Mississippi.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of Mississippi Forms
Forms, Guides & Notices. All files are in pdf format.
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Mississippi Forms
Official Bankruptcy Forms. Local Forms. Procedural Forms. Archive Form.
Mississippi Judicial Branch
- Mississippi Judiciary
Mississippi has a two-tier appellate court system that reviews decisions of law and fact made by the trial courts. The Mississippi Supreme Court is the court of last resort among state courts. Decisions of the Chancery, Circuit and County Courts and of the Court of Appeals may be appealed to the Supreme Court. The Mississippi court system also includes Justice Courts, Drug Courts, Municipal Courts, and Youth Courts.
Mississippi Executive Branch
- Career One Stop
CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy. It includes: America’s Career InfoNet and America’s Service Locator. In partnership with other U.S. Department of Labor programs, CareerOneStop also deploys other Web sites including: Competency Model Clearinghouse and Key to Career Success.
- Department of Agriculture and Commerce
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) is a government department that regulates and promotes agricultural-related businesses within state of Mississippi. The Department of Agriculture and Commerce was created by the Mississippi Legislature in 1906. The Commissioner of MDAC is an elected office. The position is contested every four years at the same time as the gubernatorial election.
- Department of Archives and History
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the country. A comprehensive historical agency, the department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, government records management, and publications.
- Department of Banking and Consumer Finance
The Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance is committed to providing quality supervision and regulation to those institutions, persons, firms, corporations, and associations furnishing financial services, as authorized by statute, to the people of Mississippi. The Department also gives cooperative assistance to any individual, institution, industry, or other regulatory agency within the scope of our responsibilities.
- Department of Corrections
The Mississippi Department of Corrections is a state agency of Mississippi that operates prisons.
- Department of Education
The Mississippi Department of Education is the state education agency of Mississippi.
- Department of Employment Security
The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) is a federally funded state agency. MDES provides an array of services from WIN Job Centers located throughout the state. The WIN Job Centers are the centerpiece of the WIN in Mississippi system, which provides convenient, one-stop employment and training services to employers and job seekers. WIN Job Centers also provide unemployment payment services to workers during temporary periods of unemployment.
- Department of Environmental Quality
The mission of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of present and future generations of Mississippians by conserving and improving our environment and fostering wise economic growth through focused research and responsible regulation. MDEQ's divisions include
- Department of Finance and Administration
The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) is the primary agency responsible for State government financial and administrative operations including employee payroll, vendor payments, employee insurance, construction, maintenance, and protection of State buildings in the Capitol Complex, financial information management systems, management of the State’s vehicle fleet, and numerous other related activities.
- Department of Health
The Mississippi State Department of Health directs a wide range of essential health services throughout the state's 82 counties and nine public health districts. From safe drinking water to cancer prevention programs, the department's mission is to promote and protect the health of all Mississippians.
- Department of Human Services
Provides links to child support enforcement, domestic violence shelters, economic assistance, family and children's services.
- Department of Information Technology Services
The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) provides statewide leadership and services that facilitate cost-effective information processing and telecommunication solutions for agencies and institutions. ITS facilitates effective planning, deployment, and operation of information technologies for Mississippi State Government.
- Department of Insurance
The mission of the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) is to impartially enforce the laws and regulations enumerated in the Mississippi Code, thereby creating an environment conducive to a competitive marketplace for the sale of insurance products and services while providing the State's citizens with the maximum amount of consumer protection. MID's aim is to create the highest degree of economic security, quality of life, public safety and fire protection for the State's citizens at the lowest possible cost.
- Department of Marine Resources
Besides Marine Fisheries Management and Wetlands Permitting, the Department of Marine Resources is also responsible for seafood plant inspection and certification, coastal preserves management, installation of marine pump out stations, removal of derelict vessels, administration of boat and water safety programs, marine law enforcement, shellfish growing-waters management, saltwater fish/shrimp/oyster licensing, Tidelands program administration, and management of the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- Department of Mental Health
As one of the major state agencies in Mississippi, the Department of Mental Health provides a network of services to persons who experience problems with mental illness, alcohol and/or drug abuse/dependence, or who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services are provided through an array of facilities and agencies operated, certified and/or funded by the Department of Mental Health.
- Department of Public Safety
The mission of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety is to make Mississippi a safer place by patrolling its roads and highways, keeping drugs off our streets and providing training and funds to law enforcement agencies across Mississippi. The department is made up of eight different offices and 1200 state employees dedicated to the safety of Mississippians.
- Department of Rehabilitation Services
It is the mission of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), to provide appropriate and comprehensive services to Mississippians with disabilities in a timely and effective manner. Programs and services assist individuals with disabilities to gain employment, retain employment and/or to live more independently.
- Department of Transportation
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is the operational agency of the Mississippi Transportation Commission tasked to maintain and improve the highway, rail, maritime, public transportation, and aviation infrastructure in the state.
- Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP), formerly known as the Mississippi Game & Fish Commission, is an agency of the government of the U.S. state of Mississippi responsible for programs protecting Mississippi fish and wildlife resources and their habitats, as well as administering all state parks. The agency issues hunting and fishing licenses, advises on habitat protection, and sponsors public education programs. It is also responsible for enforcement of Mississippi's fish and game laws. It is separate from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
- Division of Medicaid
Medicaid is a national health care program. It helps pay for medical services for low-income people. For those eligible for full Medicaid services, Medicaid is paid to providers of health care. Providers are doctors, hospitals and pharmacists who accept Medicaid. The mission of the Division is to ensure access to health services for the Medicaid eligible population in the most cost efficient and comprehensive manner possible and to continually pursue strategies for optimizing the accessibility and quality of health care.
- Mississippi Automated Resource Information System
MARIS provides access to Mississippi's statewide geographic information system (GIS). It offers access to a range of resources, including: search and retrieval of data descriptions (metadata); retrieval of Mississippi data sets; posting of news related to GIS developments; announcements of upcoming meetings and events; mapping of data sets; and access and retrieval to aerial photography covering Mississippi.
- Mississippi Division of Tourism
The Tourism website provides information for all the wonderful things the Magnolia state has to offer. Provides links for accommodations & attractions; casinos; events; food; golf; heritage; music; outdoors; meeting planners; travel trade; press/news; film office; welcome centers; international; and retirement.
- Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
The mission of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is to ensure that Mississippi is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts.
- Mississippi National Guard
The Mississippi National Guard is Mississippi's component of the United States National Guard. The Mississippi Guard consists of the: Mississippi Army National Guard; Mississippi Air National Guard; 172nd Airlift Wing; 186th Air Refueling Wing; Combat Readiness Training Center; 209th Civil Engineering Squadron; 238th Air Support Operations Squadron; 248th Air Traffic Control Squadron; and 255th Air Control Squadron.
- Office of Homeland Security
Homeland Security is a concerted State and National effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the State, reduce our vulnerability to terrorism and or any disaster that may occur, minimize the damage, and recover from events that do occur. Mississippi has a multi-hazard approach to emergency planning, including terrorism. This means that the state has plans in place to cover all types of disasters.
seniorxms.org is a program that connects qualified, low-income people with discount prescription drugs, direct from the pharmaceutical manufacturer. Their mission is to increase awareness of and enrollment in existing patient assistance programs for those who may be eligible. seniorxms.org offers a single point of access to public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
- State Personnel Board
The State Personnel Board is the central personnel agency for State government and seeks to recruit qualified individuals from all segments of society. The Board provides a variety of services relating to career opportunities, benefits, training and development initiatives, as well as organizational policy directives.
Mississippi Boards and Commissions
- Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning
The Board oversees degree-credit courses, research and public service activities and programs at the eight public universities, including The University of Mississippi Medical Center, The Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, ten off-campus centers, and various other locations throughout the state. Available programs range from a variety of undergraduate disciplines to most professional fields. All eight universities offer master's level programs, six have programs at the education specialist level and five offer doctoral-level programs.
- Mississippi Arts Commission
The Mississippi Arts Commission is the official grants-making and service agency for the arts, as well as an active supporter and promoter of the arts in community life and arts education. The Commission is funded in part by the state but also receives substantial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. With these funds, the Commission provides financial support in the form of grants for eligible arts programs and for the work of individual artists.
- Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service
The mission of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service is to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. MCVS oversees a large part of Mississippi's national service family, as well as a network of 10 Volunteer Centers.
- Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance
The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance is the agency in Mississippi charged with investigating allegations of judicial misconduct, and recommending discipline to the Mississippi Supreme Court when appropriate.
- Mississippi Development Authority
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the State of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency. The agency is organized into three groups, Economic Development, Asset Development and Administration and Financial Services.
- Mississippi Ethics Commission
The Mississippi Ethics Commission administers and enforces the Ethics in Government Law. The Commission’s three primary roles within the Ethics Law are to: receive Statements of Economic Interest for filing by public officials and candidates, and make the completed forms available for public inspection; process sworn complaints and investigate alleged violations of law by public servants; and issue written advisory opinions to public servants regarding the conflict of interest laws.
- Mississippi Forestry Commission
The Mission of the Mississippi Forestry Commission is to provide active leadership in forest protection, forest management, forest inventory and effective forest information distribution, necessary for Mississippi's sustainable forest-based economy.
- Mississippi Gaming Commission
The mission of the Mississippi Gaming Commission (MGC) is to enforce the Gaming Control Act and Charitable Gaming Laws of the State of Mississippi. The MGC will establish and enforce regulations under the authority of those laws in such a manner that will ensure the integrity of the State of Mississippi and maintain the public confidence in both the charitable gaming and casino gaming industries by working in conjunction with the industry.
- Mississippi Home Corporation
The mission of the Mississippi Home Corporation is to enhance Mississippi 's long-term economic viability by financing safe, decent, affordable housing and helping working families build wealth.
- Mississippi Library Commission
The Mississippi Library Commission is committed - through leadership, advocacy, and service - to strengthening and enhancing libraries and library services for all Mississippians.
- Mississippi Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission regulates telecommunications, electric, gas, water and sewer utilities. The agency is charged with assuring that rates and charges for services are just and reasonable, that the service rendered is reasonably adequate, and that any facilities constructed or acquired are required for the convenience and necessity of the public.
- Mississippi State Board of Registered Professional Geologists
The State Board of Registered Professional Geologists administers and enforces the Registered Professional Geologists Practice Act, as revised during the 2006 Legislative session, which requires the registration of geologists practicing within Mississippi.
- Mississippi State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
The mission of the Mississippi Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Surveyors is to safeguard life, health, and property, and to promote the public welfare by providing a complete and thorough registration process for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors, ensuring that each is properly qualified to practice in the state of Mississippi. The Board also regulates the practice of engineering and surveying in the state through investigation and disciplinary authority granted by Title 73, Chapter 13 of the Mississippi Code.
- Mississippi State Port Authority
The Mississippi State Port Authority is an Enterprise Agency of the State of Mississippi and is responsible for the daily operations of the Port of Gulfport. It's mission is to be a profitable, self-sufficient Port providing world class maritime terminal service to present and future customers and to facilitate the economic growth of Mississippi through the promotion of international trade.
- Mississippi State Tax Commission
The Tax Commission is the primary agency for collecting tax revenues that support state and local governments in Mississippi. The Tax Commission is responsible for titling and registration of motor vehicles, monitoring ad valorem assessments throughout the state to ensure consistent appraisal and valuation of properties among the municipalities and counties of the state, enforcement of Mississippi's Prohibition and Local Option Law and operating as the wholesale distributor of alcoholic beverages.
- Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Board
The Veterans Affairs Board is devoted to caring for Mississippi Veterans and their dependents through superior service, care, and assistance.
- Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission
The official Mississippi Workers' Compensation Commission web site contains useful information about the Workers' Compensation system for employers, carriers and employees living or filing in the state of Mississippi.
- Motor Vehicle Commission
The Mississippi Motor Vehicle Commission (MMVC) is the regulatory agency for sales, distribution, and advertising of new vehicles. MMVC licenses manufacturers and representatives, dealers, and their salespeople.
- State Board for Community and Junior Colleges
The Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC) is a statutory coordinating board tasked with oversight of Mississippi's public community and junior colleges as part of the state government of Mississippi in the United States. The state's public university system is governed by a separate constitutionally established board, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.
- State Board of Architecture
The mission of State Board of Architecture is to provide a complete and thorough registration process for Architects, along with setting standards for professional conduct. Further, the Board is responsible for investigating and disciplining unauthorized or incompetent practice. The Board is composed of five members appointed by the Governor who serve five year terms. The Board holds quarterly meetings which are open to the public.