Senate to consider reducing size of Legislature

JACKSON – A bill to reduce the size of the Mississippi Legislature is expected to be considered by the full Senate in the coming weeks.

The legislation was passed last week out of the Senate Elections Committee.

“At least we are discussing it as we talk about mergers, as we talk about efficiency of services, as we talk about making government operate outside the usual mode of operations,” said Senate Elections Committee Chair Terry Burton, R-Newton. “I don’t even know if it will get out of the Senate.”

Because of the current unprecedented downturn in state revenue collections, state officials have been discussing the possibilities of school district consolidation, university mergers and the closing of mental health hospitals. All areas of government are expected to face cutbacks.