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Holland says he plans to file retirement papers this week

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal

Long-time state Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, announced from the House floor Wednesday that he would file retirement papers by 5 p.m. Thursday.

The announcement, made during special session debate on giving the governor additional authority to fill budget holes during the final days of the current fiscal year, was a bombshell.

At the end of his speech, Holland told members he loved all of them, but paused and said, “some more than others.”

Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis, the House minority leader, said Holland had been talking about retiring for some time.

“I am trying to talk him out of it,” said Baria, adding Holland has not yet taken the final step to actually retire from the House where he has served since 1984.

But after the speech, Holland, a funeral home director, told the Daily Journal, “I have been contemplating it a long time. It’s really based on the demands of my time as they relate to my business.

“I have fought long and hard for the least, last and most vulnerable amongst us, and there is more to do.”

Holland, known for his oratory skill, has been controversial at times. He also is known for his at times off-color language that has through the years resulted in him having to issue apologies.

He is considered one of the chamber’s more effective members, especially on health care issues.

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