- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Legislature is working on naming a state building for a former state House speaker, a year after his death.

House Bill 114 (http://bit.ly/1SkeOqa ) would name the Public Employees Retirement System headquarters the Timothy Alan “Tim” Ford building.

The structure is just south of the state Capitol.

The bill passed the House unanimously on Thursday and moves to the Senate for more debate.

Ford was elected as a Democrat to the Mississippi House in 1979 from a district in the Tupelo area. His colleagues elected him as speaker of the 122-member House in January 1988, and he remained in that role until January 2004.

After leaving the Legislature, Ford went into private law practice.

He was 63 when he died of a heart attack on Feb. 27, 2015.

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