The Mississippi legislature has approved $17 million to help pay for recovery from disasters, including tornadoes that recently pounded the state. The House and Senate agreed on the funding during a brief special legislative session Thursday. Governor Phil Bryant originally said he would ask lawmakers for up to $20 million, but officials say $17 million will be enough to cover costs until January, when the legislature begins its 2015 regular session. As part of a deadly outbreak across the mid-west and south in April, 23 tornadoes struck Mississippi, killing 14 people and causing at least $13.5 million in damage.
Representative Jeramey Anderson of District 110 says, “I do plan on voting for disaster relief for that area, simply because I understand that we have our own issues down here in the south when it comes to hurricane relief, so I have to take that into consideration as well because I would want my colleagues to do the same thing for us down here on the Gulf Coast.”