Legislators Extend Session

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Mississippi lawmakers missed another budget deadline Tuesday. They voted to extend their three-month session to give themselves more time to work.

The session was supposed to end Sunday, Apr. 3, but rules say budget bills cannot be considered in the final five days of a session.

That means more than 100 budget proposals would have had to be filed by 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and passed by midnight.

Once it became clear that they could not meet the Tuesday deadlines, the House and Senate voted to extend the session until Apr. 5. That gives legislators until Thursday to agree on how to divide the $3.8 billion budget.

The biggest remaining disagreement is over funding for public schools. The House is pushing to spend more on schools than the Senate and the governor have proposed.