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Rural Water Association Laws Study Group

Co-Chair
Kirby Mayfield
Mississippi Rural Water Association

 Co-Chair
Ken Herring
Adams County Water Association

 Vice Chair
W. Brett Harvey
Phelps Dunbar LLP

 The Secretary of State formed the Rural Water Association Laws Study Group in June 2011 to review Mississippi’s rural water laws. The Group was composed of engineers, state and federal water experts, lawyers, legislators and leaders from rural water associations across the State. The Group’s primary objective was to formulate solutions to the growing capital needs of the State’s water systems.

The Rural Water Association Laws Study Group recommended three legislative proposals that were introduced in the Mississippi Legislature in 2012: (1) continuing board training for members of the rural water associations; (2) a mechanism to allow a water association to convert to a public water authority without losing certificated area protection; and (3) eminent domain protection for rural water authorities. For the agenda, minutes, and materials distributed to the Rural Water Association Laws Study Group at each meeting, please visit the links below.


Rural Water Association Study Group Meeting #1 (June 30, 2011)

Rural Water Association Study Group Meeting #2 (July 19, 2011)

Rural Water Association Study Group Meeting #3 (August 16, 2011)

Rural Water Association Study Group Meeting #4 (September 13, 2011)

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