The Mississippi House has passed a bill designed to bring more public scrutiny to state government contracts.
House Bill 825 (http://bit.ly/1Acux2v ) passed 109-7 on Wednesday and will move to the Senate for more work.
The bill would create a new contract review board, with members appointed by the governor and lieutenant governor.
The proposed changes come in response to no-bid contracts revealed in federal corruption indictments of the former state corrections commissioner and a businessman.
The Senate on Tuesday passed two bills dealing with government contracts and purchasing. Those measures move to the House for more work. They are Senate Bill 2400 (http://bit.ly/1AcvKqq ) and Senate Bill 2553 (http://bit.ly/1AcvRCA ).