Sports complex funding bills pass House and Senate

Published 10:52 am Friday, March 27, 2015

Senate Bill 2926 — a bill aimed at helping fund a proposed sports complex in Vicksburg — has passed in the Mississippi Senate.

“The bill passed the Senate today with only one dissenting vote,” state Sen. W. Briggs Hopson III said Friday morning.

Hopson said the bill would then move to the House for a vote.

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A similar bill in the House was also passed Friday.

House Bill 1655 authored by State Rep. Alex Monsour along with Reps. Oscar Denton and Deborah Butler Dixon, would give the City of Vicksburg and Warren County the authority to levy a two percent tax on hotels, motels and restaurants.

“The bill passed the House with a vote of 98-10,” Monsour said.

Monsour said the House bill would now go to the Senate.

“If there are no differences between the two bills the chairmen will get together and decide which bill to use, Hopson said. “If there are some differences, then three Conferees will work out the language.”

The bill would then go back to the House and Senate for approval.