McCoy Pursues Improvement Plan

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Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy said he's working on a comprehensive plan so the Mississippi House can help develop the state economy, protect public safety and improve schools, transportation and health care.

McCoy solicited two ideas from each of his 121 colleagues. He said one idea should affect the state budget in some way. The other should be an intangible goal about how to improve the state.

Rep. Cecil Brown of Jackson is helping McCoy compile the ideas into long-term and short-term plans.

In some cases, the plans could lead to introduction of bills by the end of February. In other cases, the ideas could lead to long-term study of issues.

McCoy, a Democrat, said the House plan could incorporate some ideas from Republican Gov. Haley Barbour.