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Reported to Senate amended (09/28/1988)

(Reported to Senate from the Committee on Environment and Public Works with amendment, S. Rept. 100-557)

Lower Mississippi Delta Development Act - Establishes the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission to study and make recommendations concerning the economic needs and economic development of the Lower Mississippi Delta, defined to include areas in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Directs the Commission to: (1) identify and study the economic development, infrastructure, employment, transportation, resource development, education, health care, housing and recreation needs of the Lower Mississippi region; and (2) develop a ten-year plan describing recommendations and priorities for alleviating these needs.

Enumerates Commission duties in connection with plan development, including: (1) to review existing Federal, State, local, and private programs for business development and financing; (2) to develop inventories of the region's business resources and natural resources; (3) to study the role of small business in creating jobs in the region; (4) to evaluate the proper roles of the public and private sectors in fostering the economic development of the region; and (5) to assess the area's health, educational, job training, housing, and poverty relief needs.

Requires the Commission, no later than one year after its first meeting, to present an interim report to specified congressional leadership and committees, the President, and the Governors of the affected States. Requires a final report of required findings and recommendations within 18 months of the first meeting. Terminates the Commission within 180 days after submission of its final report.

Authorizes FY 1989 through 1990 appropriations. Requires member States to contribute to Commission costs.