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Lawmaker to draft bill for state take over of Jackson

Rep. Mark Baker.....Source: MS Legislature website Rep. Mark Baker.....Source: MS Legislature website
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There are rumblings in the Capitol City that plans are underway to introduce legislation that would give control of the Capital City to the state. The plan caught many by surprise from City Hall to the Governor's Office.

Rep. Mark Baker of Rankin County is currently writing legislation that may grant Governor Phil Bryant direct control over Jackson's city government, similar to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's appointment of Emergency Managers over the city governments of Detroit and Flint. 

Tuesday Baker said the legislation had not yet been drafted.

"I'm working on it. This is something I'm looking at," said the District 74 representative.

We reached out to Jackson City leadership for their reaction to Baker's pending proposal.

"We have not received any notice of such a plan, but if there is any genuine attempt to take over the city and deny voters the right to control the city we will vigorously fight it," said Jackson Council President Melvin Priester Jr.

"Me, personally as long as they fix these potholes around here, I'll be happy with Jesus alone," said Jackson resident Johnny Wright.

"They took over the airport, and now they want to take control of the city. That's wrong," said Jerry Strowd of Jackson.

Governor Phil Bryant said he was unaware of the legislation.

"We want to help all we can, but I don't think the governor needs to be in any way taking over the responsibility for the City of Jackson or the mayor and the city council," said Governor Bryant.

City spokeswoman Shelia Byrd said "Although we have not seen any legislation or paperwork, the governor's position is clear." 

Baker said the draft was not written but would not elaborate on what prompted him to want to author the legislation.

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