Thursday, February 3, 2011

Border fence bill alive in Mississippi Legislature

Associated Press
February 3, 2011

JACKSON, Miss. -- A bill to help fund a border fence between the United States and Mexico is still alive in the Mississippi Legislature.

Senate Judiciary A Committee Chairman Joey Fillingane said earlier this week that he didn't plan to bring the bill up for a vote in his committee because the measure had unresolved questions. Without consideration, the bill would die.

However, Fillingane brought the bill up Tuesday and the committee passed it. The bill, supported by tea party groups, awaits consideration by Feb. 23 in the Senate Finance Committee.

The bill would put a $5 transaction fee on money wired to locations outside the United States, plus a 1 percent fee for any out-of-country wire transfer over $500.

The bill is Senate Bill 2255.

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