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Friday, February 10, 2006

GOP Rep. Staples gets pissy over Partnership

The House passed funding for the Partnership. This is a terrific program, so good that cigar-smoking Rep. Steve Holland gave it glowing reviews.
Funds OK'd for tobacco initiative - The Clarion-Ledger:
The biggest political spat of the day was in the Mississippi House over funding for the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, a tobacco prevention and cessation program.

"It has worked so fabulously that it is literally the model smoking cessation program in the United States of America," Public Health and Human Service Committee Chairman Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, said.
However, Rep. Gary Staples was more than a little miffed. On a deadline day, he selfishly slowed the work of the House.
Legislation grants $20M to Partnership -
After the bill passed in the House, Rep. Gary Staples, R-Laurel, took advantage of a constitutional provision allowing members to require a bill to be read before a vote is taken. Staples required several lengthy bills to be read.
Soar loser.


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