Miss. House will fund travel for speaker’s critic

Billy Broomfield

JACKSON – (AP) The Republican-controlled Mississippi House of Representatives will pay for a critic of House Speaker Philip Gunn to go to a conference, after all.

House Speaker Philip Gunn

Democrat Billy Broomfield of Moss Point had criticized Gunn from the floor during the 2012 session, after House and Senate leaders declined to contribute $800,000 in state money to host the event in Biloxi in 2013. Instead, the meeting is scheduled for Mobile, Ala.

Broomfield will be the group’s 2013 president.

Gunn did not appoint Broomfield as a delegate to 2012’s conference in Charleston, W.V. That meant the House would not automatically pay for him to attend.

However, a House committee voted Tuesday to pay Broomfield’s expenses, after another black Democrat warned that Black Caucus members could cause trouble in the 2013 legislative session over the denial.

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