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State Senate passes bill to consolidate operations of agencies

JACKSON — After contentious debate, the Mississippi Senate passed a bill yesterday that would consolidate the business operations of all state agencies.

Senate Fees, Salaries and Administration Committee chairman Terry Brown, a Republican from Columbus, says the bill could help the state save money by centralizing the agencies’ operations at the Department of Finance and Administration.

The bill moves to the House.

Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, opposed the bill, saying there was no proof provided that the move could save tax dollars.

Blount says it also infringes on the independence of agencies and other branches of government by placing all employees under one agency.

The bill is Senate Bill 2532.

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