A bill that would raise the qualifying fees to run for political office has passed a Mississippi House committee.
Senate Bill 2167 would require independent candidates to start paying qualifying fees and increase the fees party candidates already pay.
Candidates for governor would pay $1,000, up from the current $500. Candidates for state senator and state representative would pay $250, up from the current $15. Independent candidates would pay the Secretary of State’s office and party candidates would pay their party.
The bill had passed the Senate Feb. 29 with a 43-7 vote.