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By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a second bill to let the state hire private companies to collect overdue child support.

House Bill 1009 passed the House 59-57 Tuesday.

A similar measure, Senate Bill 2734, passed the Senate 35-16 last week.

The two chambers would have to agree on a single bill before anything could go to the governor.

The bills would allow the Department of Human Services to hire a private vendor, or vendors, to collect overdue child support payments in some parts of the state.

Supporters say privatization could improve efficiency. Opponents say Mississippi’s experience with privatizing child support collections from 1995 to 2000 was disastrous.

Both sides say DHS has too few attorneys working in child support collections, and the ones it has are overworked.

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  • La June Norton

    I know somebody need to step I stay in Winston and my child father being owing me for years my child I’d 14 years and He Been beating the system for 14 years. he owe $20000&+ The child support system have failed me and my son worthless pieces crap state pays Them for doing nothing

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