State Lawmakers tackling major issues

By: Ashley Conroy
By: Ashley Conroy

Mississippi lawmakers tackled two major issues today during the special session at the State Capitol today.

One item on Governor Haley Barbour's agenda was a major economic development project to make Bio-fuel in Mississippi and the other was a Statewide ban on the Synthetic Marijuana known as Spice.

You can say it's a call to action from the governor as lawmakers headed back to the capitol for this special session.

Representative Pusey Watson, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee says, "This can be an effort in the direction of turning around Mississippi."
Meetings took place in both the House and Senate chambers… and more meetings in committees - all to lead to two major votes… the ban on the synthetic drug Spice and a major economic development project to bring jobs to Mississippi.

"The counties and cities have done some really good work in prohibiting the sale and possession of this, but it is a misdemeanor there and we need to kick this up to a felony." said Attorney General Jim Hood

Lt. Governor Phil Bryant said "We're going to take carbon materials, much of it as we, are pine trees chips and bark and we're going to use to create fuel."

This project will start in three areas throughout the state - in Columbus, Newton, and Franklin counties.

The State has agreed to lend the Corporation Kior - 75-Million dollars to get the project started.

But first, Kior will have to get a binding contract before any money comes in from the state. "You gotta have someone like Chevron, or BP, or Exxon say we will buy every barrel of this crude oil that you produce" said Lt. Governor Phil Bryant.

At the end of the day as this vote passed in the State Legislature lawmakers say the know Mississippi will be at the forefront of cutting edge new technology.

The Bio-fuel Corporation Kior says they are currently in the works with a few oil corporations to get this contract settled.

Governor Haley Barbour commented on today's legislative action saying, "The decision by the Legislature to approve the incentive package to bring the first three of Kior Corp.'s full-scale production facilities to Mississippi is not only an economic development boon for our state, but also a key step toward energy self-reliance for our country."


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