Legislative leaders reach agreement on liquor at Tishomingo resort

JACKSON – House and Senate negotiators reached agreement Monday night on a proposal that would give Bay Springs Lake near Belmont resort status so that liquor could be sold there in restaurants.

The legislation, which is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate today, would bypass the countywide referendum that is normally needed to sell liquor in a county. Tishomingo County is dry, but if the legislation becomes law liquor can be sold at a planned $300 million tourist development.

The proposal also will allow votes on allowing the sale of liquor in the towns of Flowood and Pearl in Rankin County and Picayune in Pearl River County.

Monday was the deadline to reach agreement on the proposal.

Also Monday, the House and Senate passed and sent to the governor the Children’s First Act, which makes it easier for the state to take over failing school districts and replace administrators and teachers.

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