Senate OKs UMMC graves bill

By TERRY C. BURTON,

This week we agreed to House changes on Senate Bill 2895 that allows the University Medical Center to remove from its campus and reinter in a mausoleum on the grounds of the old Farmers Market, the graves of up to 7,000 persons who once lived in the former state asylum. It would free land for future development at UMC and would cost $2 million to $3 million.

We agreed to House changes on Senate Bill 2668 that would allow close of kin, along the lines of a surviving spouse or adult child, to access and inventory the safe deposit box of a their deceased relative if the estate is valued at $50,000 or less. In the event a will is discovered, it is to be delivered to the chancery clerk of the county.

We agreed with changes to Senate Bill 276, the Mississippi Virtual Public School Program, designed to provide families with an alternative choice to access additional educational resources that will improve the academic performance of their children.

We passed a Rules calendar that honored Mississippians who have excelled in various areas and we remain in conference on appropriation bills and some other general bills.

Please call on me at 601-359-3209 if I can be of service to you. I thank you for the honor of being your voice in Jackson.