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Bill to keep BP money on Coast hits a snag in the Senate

Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, jokes about being seen conferring with Republican Sens. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, left, and Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, on Wednesday at the Capitol.
Sen. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, jokes about being seen conferring with Republican Sens. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, left, and Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, on Wednesday at the Capitol. AP

The Coast’s BP bill hit a snag in the Mississippi Senate.

Sens. Barbara Blackmon, D-Canton, Hob Bryan, D-Amory, and Eugene S. Clarke, R-Hollandale, are listed on the Senate calendar as holding the bill on a motion to reconsider. The Senate has until Monday to table the motion, sending it on to the House, or the bill will die.

Clarke is listed on the motion because he is chairman of the Appropriations Committee that first OK’d the bill, said Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, the bill’s primary sponsor. He said Clarke supports the bill.

The bill was passed earlier this week by a unanimous vote. Clarke said he plans to move to table the motion to reconsider.

Now why would three senators from upstate want to muck around with a bill designed to make sure the Coast gets its fair share of money from a $750 million economic damages settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

I’d be willing to bet they don’t have the best interests of the Coast at heart.

I made calls, sent emails and still I am none the wiser about their motivations.

I have had one response so far:

“Thank you,

“Your email has been received by Senator Blackmon. Senator Blackmon responds to emails from individuals from Senate District 21. If you are from Senate District 21, you shall receive a response. Senator Blackmon does not respond to “form” letters or “copied form letters” from groups or lobbyists.

“Thank you for your concerns and your expressing your thoughts.

“Sincerely,

Assistant to Senator Blackmon”

Paul Hampton: 228-896-2330, @JPaulHampton

Call them

You can let them know how you feel about the BP bill and who should get the money.

Sen. Barbara Blackmon: bblackmon@senate.ms.gov — 601-359-3237

Sen. Eugene S. Clarke: bclarke@senate.ms.gov — 601- 359-3250

Sen. Hob Bryan: hbryan@senate.ms.gov — 601-359-3237

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