Senate bill could raise qualifying fees to run for political office

Senate bill could raise qualifying fees to run for political office

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - A bill that would raise the qualifying fees to run for political office is headed to the governor for his approval or veto.

Senate Bill 21-67 would require independent candidates to start paying qualifying fees and increase the fees party candidates already pay.

For example, candidates for governor would pay $1,000, up from the current $500.

GOP State Rep. Cory Wilson from Madison said the bill would raise money for elections operations.

The bill passed the House 95-to-23 last week.