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Military Members Get Break On Tags During Iraq, Afghanistan Service

By Tommy Reynolds

I am very pleased that the Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 1487, which was effective on the first day of this month, and which extends the law that allows county boards of supervisors and cities to give a break on car tags to county or city residents who are on active duty on military orders in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Counties are authorized to grant up to a $100.00 exemption and cities are authorized to grant up to a $50.00 exemption.

I served on the conference committee which originally inserted this provision several years ago, and it was necessary to extend this provision of law as the relief for United States military personnel from our state serving in Iraq and Afghanistan was about to expire.

I am very pleased that we are able to at least show some degree of appreciation for those that put their lives and safety on the line for our country in active duty, and this tax allowance is one effort to show appreciation to our fellow Mississippians who have put themselves in harms way.  This relief measure is allowed in counties and cities which have passed a resolution authorizing the relief to be granted.

The Legislature has passed SB 2937, which creates “Mississippi Country of Origin Labeling Law of 2009”.  The Bill is a mirror image of the federal Country of Origin Labeling Act and requires the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce to enforce and regulate mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Requirements.

Items or commodities covered by the Country of Origin Labeling Requirement would include beef, lamb, pork, chicken, goat meat, farm raised fish, including catfish, wild fish, peanuts, pecans, perishable agricultural products and various other state products.  

The Bill will require suppliers to provide information to retailers indicating the covered item or commodity’s country of origin.  The Bill would require the designation of a commodity of lamb, pork, chicken or goat that is not born, raised or slaughtered in the United States, to designate a country, other than the United States, as the country of origin of the item or commodity.  No farm raised fish could be designated as originating in the united States unless they were hatched, harvested and processed in the United States.

 If I can be of  any assistance to you please call on me.  My phone number in Jackson during the session is (601) 359-3365.  The phone number in my Charleston office is (662) 647-3203, and my residence phone number is (662) 473-2571.  

I can also be contacted by writing me at my home address of 15 CR 429, Water Valley, MS 38965, or at my office address of   P.O. Box 220, Charleston, MS  38921.   

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