WTOK, 3/19/8

Just last month the Mississippi House of Representatives voted in favor of raising taxes on cigarettes by one dollar per pack. That extra dollar would help pay for the state’s short fall in the Medicaid program.

This week that measure died when the Senate Committee on Public Health and Welfare never brought it up. So what happens now?

” We don’t have anything to talk over, because the bill’s died,” said Rep. Steve Holland. “I hate that very much.”

The cigarette tax bill would now need a two thirds vote by each chamber to be brought up again.