Miss. senator says she plans to alter Iran divestment bill

JACKSON, MISS. — A Mississippi state senator trying to curtail investments in Iran says she’s reworking the bill over concerns that it could hurt the state’s ability to work with automaker Toyota Motor Corp.

The state Senate allowed Senate Bill 2807 to die at a deadline Monday without taking it up. However, the effort remains alive because the House earlier passed a similar bill, House Bill 1127.

Sen. Nancy Collins, R-Tupelo, said she wants to remove part of the proposal that would ban state and local governments from contracting with any firm selling $20 million or more of goods and services to Iran’s oil and gas sector.

“We do not want to cause any harm to local employers across our state,” Collins said.

Sunherald
2/16/15