The Board of Directors of the Jackson County Economic Development Foundation, representing more than 120 businesses and industries, came out Thursday opposing a state Senate bill amended to apply only to Singing River Health System.

The foundation communicated its opposition to Senate Bill 2407 to both House and the Senate members who represent Jackson County.

Under the amended terms of Senate Bill 2407, no hospitals in the state except SRHS would be required to conduct open meetings and publicly disclose information that is currently protected by statute.

“The JCEDF has serious concern over the negative consequences the bill in its present form will have on our community hospital system and on the overall economic development of Jackson County,” the foundation said in a press release. “JCEDF does not oppose transparency of public bodies, but does oppose selective transparency that will be damaging to Jackson County.”

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