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Mississippi Code Title 17. Local Government; Provisions Common to Counties and Municipalities § 17-1-51. Prohibition from establishing a mandatory, minimum living wage rate and minimum number of vacation or sick days

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(1)?No county, board of supervisors of a county, municipality or governing authority of a municipality is authorized to establish a mandatory, minimum living wage rate, minimum number of vacation or sick days, whether paid or unpaid, that would regulate how a private employer pays its employees. ?Each county, board of supervisors of a county, municipality or governing authority of a municipality shall be prohibited from establishing a mandatory, minimum living wage rate, minimum number of vacation or sick days, whether paid or unpaid, that would regulate how a private employer pays its employees.

(2)?The Legislature finds that the prohibitions of subsection (1) of this section are necessary to ensure an economic climate conducive to new business development and job growth in the State of Mississippi. ?We believe that inconsistent application of wage and benefit laws from city to city or county to county must be avoided. ?While not suggesting a state minimum wage or minimum benefit package, any debate and subsequent action on these matters should be assigned to the Mississippi Legislature as provided in Section 25-3-40, and not local counties or municipalities.

(3)?The Legislature further finds that wages and employee benefits comprise the most significant expense of operating a business. ?It also recognizes that neither potential employees or business patrons are likely to restrict themselves to employment opportunities or goods and services in any particular county or municipality. ?Consequently, local variations in legally required minimum wage rates or mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days would threaten many businesses with a loss of employees to local governments which require a higher minimum wage rate and many other businesses with the loss of patrons to areas which allow for a lower wage rate and more or less vacation or sick days. ?The net effect of this situation would be detrimental to the business environment of the state and to the citizens, businesses and governments of the local jurisdictions as well as the local labor markets.

(4)?The Legislature concludes from these findings that, in order for a business to remain competitive and yet attract and retain the highest possible caliber of employees, and thereby remain sound, an enterprise must work in a uniform environment with respect to minimum wage rates, and mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days. ?The net impact of local variations in mandated wages and mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days would be economically unstable and create a decline and decrease in the standard of living for the citizens of the state. ?Consequently, decisions regarding minimum wage, living wage and other employee benefit policies must be made by the state as provided in Section 25-3-40, so that consistency in the wage market is preserved.

There is hereby created the AIDS Vaccine Clinical Trial Grant Award for the Prevention of Maternal Transmission of HIV Infection. ?Moneys within the AIDS Clinical Trials Testing Fund, established in accordance with Section 121260, shall, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be available to the department for the purposes of this chapter, that shall include a one-time amount of sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) for the department to develop and process the request for proposal as specified in subdivision (a). ?Grant awards shall be made available to not more than three manufacturers of an AIDS vaccine approved by the FDA for clinical trials in HIV-positive pregnant women. ?The purpose is to expedite the completion of an AIDS vaccine to prevent maternal transmission of HIV. ?The funds are to be used for FDA approved clinical trials.

(a)?The department shall issue a request for proposal (RFP) for the clinical trials of an AIDS vaccine to prevent maternal transmission of HIV infection.

(1)?The RFP shall be based on the criteria provided in subdivision (d).

(2)?Upon issuing the RFP, the department shall publish this fact along with the deadline for grant proposals in the newspapers with the greatest circulation in the major cities of the state, as determined by the department. ?Additionally, upon issuing the RFP, the same information shall be transmitted to the Secretary of the Senate and the Chief Clerk of the Assembly for publishing in the respective journals of each house of the Legislature.

(b)?Any manufacturer may submit a proposal for the grant award in the response to the RFP issued by the department.

(c)?The department, taking into consideration the committee's recommendations, shall, for purposes of this chapter, award grants to no more than three California manufacturers after receiving the committee's recommendations.

(d)?The department, making use of an RFP, shall include a clear description of the criteria to be used to select the projects that will receive funding pursuant to this chapter. ?The committee shall make recommendations to the department regarding the content of the RFP. ?The criteria shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(1)?The potential of the grant recipient to develop a vaccine for the prevention of maternal transmission of HIV infection.

(2)?The financial, technical, and managerial commitment of the grant recipient to the development of the vaccine.

(3)?The commitment of the grant recipient to agree to provide medical treatment, either directly or through reasonable health insurance coverage, to the participant for any injury caused by the AIDS vaccine in the clinical trial. ?This agreement shall also be included as part of the participant's informed consent pursuant to Section 121305.

(e)?Grant awards may be made without limitation on the amount of funding from the AIDS Clinical Trials Testing Fund that may be allocated to a single manufacturer, provided that the committee has determined that the grant award is in the public interest.

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