- Associated Press - Thursday, February 2, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Proposals to consolidate two sets of school districts are moving forward in the Mississippi Legislature.

The Senate voted Thursday to pass two bills, which will both move to the House for more work.

Senate Bill 2461 would merge the Perry County and Richton school districts.

Senate Bill 2463 would merge the Houston and Chickasaw County school districts. However, unlike earlier proposals, it would not also combine the Okolona school district with those two.

Lawmakers who favor consolidations say they reduce administrative costs in small districts. In the past five years, lawmakers have voted to abolish two school districts and merge 17 others. Some of those changes have yet to take effect.

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