Miss. Senate releases civil rights museum bill

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has released the bill authorizing $38 million for a civil rights museum and a history museum.

The proposal was approved Monday by the House and Senate, but was held for the possibility of more debate in the Senate. It was released on Tuesday, without debate. The measure now goes to Republican Gov. Haley Barbour for his signature.

The $38 million in bonds would be used for the first phase of construction for the two structures, which will be located on property in downtown Jackson.

Barbour has said he’d like the museum to be operating by 2017, the year of the state’s bicentennial.

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The bill is House Bill 1463.