Clock Ticks on Bond Bill

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The clock is ticking on the single biggest project in the bill that is the subject of a special Mississippi legislative session: $40 million for Northrop Grumman to expand its shipyards in Gulfport and Pascagoula.

The company's board meets Tuesday in Florida and officials were hoping the bond bill would pass by then.

Republican Rep. John Reeves of Jackson offered a bill Monday that only had bonds for Northrop Grumman. It strips out other economic development projects wanted by Gov. Haley Barbour, including bonds to expand Viking Range in Greenwood and Baxter HealthCare in Cleveland. Measures for east Mississippi are also included.

Twenty-one other House members, Republicans and Democrats, signed on to co-sponsor Reeves' bill.

So far, the special session has cost more than $240,000.