Governor Bryant Commends Senate for Passage of Government Reform Measures

2/4/2015 in Media, News

JACKSON—Two key government reform measures championed by Gov. Phil Bryant today won approval of the Mississippi Senate. Senate Bill 2521 and Senate Bill 2562 passed unanimously. Senate Bill 2521, authored by Sen. Sean Tindell, will move control of the Inmate Welfare Fund from the Mississippi Depa...

JACKSON—Two key government reform measures championed by Gov. Phil Bryant today won approval of the Mississippi Senate. Senate Bill 2521 and Senate Bill 2562 passed unanimously. Senate Bill 2521, authored by Sen. Sean Tindell, will move control of the Inmate Welfare Fund from the Mississippi Department of Corrections to the Office of the State Treasurer. The bill also establishes the Inmate Welfare Fund Committee, which will be responsible for administration and supervision of the operations and expenditures of the Inmate Welfare Fund. Senate Bill 2562, also authored by Sen. Tindell, will move control of certain agricultural leases from the Mississippi Department of Corrections to the Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. A similar measure in the House (House Bill 403) would move the leases to the control of the secretary of state. The Department of Corrections generates special fund revenue by leasing agricultural lands. “We are undertaking bold reforms at the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and these two bills help further that effort,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “By tightening controls of the Inmate Welfare Fund and separating the oversight of ag leasing revenue generation from its expenditure, we are increasing accountability to taxpayers. I thank the Senate for advancing these reform measures.” ###