Arts Center Bill Misses Cutoff

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The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center may have suffered a setback.

The Mississippi House and Senate failed to pass a bond bill, which included $10 million for its development.

Senate finance chairman Tommy Robertson told the Senate that he didn't receive the report in time to give it proper consideration, and the deadline passed.

"We know that this is a very difficult year economically for the state and the budgets are very difficult," said Charlotte Tabereaux, the center's executive director. "I would not want to be in their shoes, but we also know that they are committed to seeing the center built."

The House and the Senate could vote to suspend the deadline and hear the bill in special session, or it will have to wait until January 2006.