- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Senate has approved a fee increase for candidates running for political offices.

SB 2167 would require independent candidates pay filing fees to run in an election and increase the qualifying fees that party candidates pay to run for certain offices. The bill passed 44-7 Monday.

Candidates for governor would pay $1,000, up from the current $500; and candidates for a state senate or representative seat would pay $250, up from the current $15.

The bill goes to the House for debate.

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