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Council Members Likely to Keep Offices

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Mississippi lawmakers have aligned with Jackson City Council members to see that council members keep their offices in City Hall.

Rep. Credell Calhoun, D-Jackson, told council members last night that the Mississippi House of Representatives will most likely pass a bill removing or lowering the population requirement from the current state law. That law requires cities to have a population of at least 190,000 for council members to have permanent office space, but the 2010 Census revealed that Jackson's population dropped to around 170,000.

"We're working on the bill now, and it will have no trouble in the House," Calhoun said, adding that he would like to see a bill removing the population requirement entirely.

Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, is working on a similar bill in the Senate, and, earlier this week, predicted no opposition.

Also see: 'Save Our Office' Council Says.

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