House committee approves raising qualifying fees to run for Legislature and Governor. 


  

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.

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