PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors are offering to personally help pay for some retirees who lost pensions to travel to the state Capitol to lobby for a bill requiring more openness from boards of publicly owned hospitals.
The Sun Herald reports that Irving Tillman, a retiree of the Singing River Health System, told supervisors Monday that it would cost $1,000 to rent a bus.
Supervisors Mike Mangum, Troy Ross and John McKay are giving $100 each, while Barry Cumbest and Melton Harris are giving $200 each.
Senate Bill 2407 specifies that financial reports and some other records of public hospitals are open to the public. It would exempt many business records from disclosure.
The Mississippi Hospital Association opposes the bill, arguing openness could put public hospitals at a competitive disadvantage.
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