Session convenes and... hey, it's over! - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Session convenes and... hey, it's over!


Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Thursday signed a new state law reducing the sales-tax rate on modular houses — a measure designed to speed up Gulf Coast redevelopment more than 13 months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed thousands of homes.

The law took effect immediately, cutting the modular tax rate from 7 percent to 3 percent. Barbour said it could shave $4,000 to $6,000 off the price of a modular house.

"This will significantly help the reconstruction efforts of many thousands of our neighbors in south Mississippi," Barbour said.

The homes are made in factories, shipped in large pieces and erected on slabs. Manufacturers say modulars look like traditional homes to the untrained eye, and can go up in a matter of days if local building crews are available. Some coast residents now face waiting lists of three to four years for a traditionally built home in the high-demand coast market, said Senate Finance Chairman Tommy Robertson, R-Moss Point.

The tax cut zipped through the Legislature Thursday afternoon in a special session that lasted only an hour and 45 minutes; it was the only item on the agenda for the second special session of the year.

"It's the fastest special session in the history of the Mississippi Legislature," said Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Gordon, D-Okolona, who's been in office three decades.

The Senate passed the plan 46-0, and the House passed it 114-1. Rep. Earle Banks, D-Jackson, cast the only "no" vote.

 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Lady Bobcats make history with national championship

    Lady Bobcats make history with national championship

  • USM sweeps for 1st time at Marshall with wild 18-9 win

    USM sweeps for 1st time at Marshall with wild 18-9 win

    Saturday, May 19 2018 11:46 PM EDT2018-05-20 03:46:50 GMT
    USM sweeps for 1st time at Marshall with wild 18-9 win; (Photo Source: WSAZ-TV)USM sweeps for 1st time at Marshall with wild 18-9 win; (Photo Source: WSAZ-TV)

    The University of Southern Mississippi ended Saturday’s regular-season baseball finale at Marshall University the same way it started, with a bang. The 18th-ranked Golden Eagles sent 13 batters to the plate in both the second and ninth innings, scoring eight runs in each, as USM finished off a first-ever sweep of the Thundering Herd on its home turf with a 18-9 victory at Epling Stadium.

    More >>

    The University of Southern Mississippi ended Saturday’s regular-season baseball finale at Marshall University the same way it started, with a bang. The 18th-ranked Golden Eagles sent 13 batters to the plate in both the second and ninth innings, scoring eight runs in each, as USM finished off a first-ever sweep of the Thundering Herd on its home turf with a 18-9 victory at Epling Stadium.

    More >>
  • EXCLUSIVE: Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality

    EXCLUSIVE: Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality

    Saturday, May 19 2018 10:54 PM EDT2018-05-20 02:54:05 GMT
    Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality ; (Photo Source: WDAM)Man accuses Laurel PD of police brutality ; (Photo Source: WDAM)

    A man is recovering from injuries after he claims he was beaten by officers with the Laurel Police Department. Thirty-six-year-old James Barnett indicated the incident took place on Tuesday, May 15.

    More >>

    A man is recovering from injuries after he claims he was beaten by officers with the Laurel Police Department. Thirty-six-year-old James Barnett indicated the incident took place on Tuesday, May 15.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly