Day Two: Still No Bond Bill

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Day two of the special legislative session is over and the governor's economic-development bond bill package still has not passed.

The House and Senate come back at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, but there are no guarantees that the bill will even be brought up for a vote in a House committee. The bill easily passed the Senate Monday.

But House leaders are questioning the urgency of the projects Gov. Haley Barbour is pushing. Speaker Billy McCoy and others said they want to wait and pass bond bills after the regular session starts in January.

The single largest item in the is $40 million to help Northrop Grumman to expand its shipyards in Pascagoula and Gulfport.

Philip Dur, the president of Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, told the House Ways and Means Committee Tuesday that his company's board meets next week to set a 2005 budget. He said he needs a firm commitment from the state of Mississippi before then and he says a promise to pass a bill in January is not firm enough.

The House voted 62 to 55 Monday afternoon against adjourning the special session. Adjourning would have killed the bond bill.