- Associated Press - Thursday, March 17, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A bill that would raise the qualifying fees to run for political office has passed a Mississippi House committee.

Senate Bill 2167 would require independent candidates to start paying qualifying fees and increase the fees party candidates already pay.

Candidates for governor would pay $1,000, up from the current $500. Candidates for state senator and state representative would pay $250, up from the current $15. Independent candidates would pay the Secretary of State’s office and party candidates would pay their party.

The bill had passed the Senate Feb. 29 with a 43-7 vote.

House Apportionment and Elections Committee Chairman Bill Denny of Jackson said the bill would bring both parties and the state more money.

The measure now goes to the full House for more debate.



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