Governor Sets Special Session

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Gov. Haley Barbour has announced a special legislative session to convene May 18 at 1:00 p.m. in Jackson. Lawmakers left the 2005 session without a budget.

Barbour also wants lawmakers to pass a $27 million economic development package for industry.

Other items that will be addressed in the special session include:
-- Reauthorizing the state's no-call telemarketing law as overseen by the Public Service Commission.

-- Creating a Military Family Relief Fund that will provide grants to Mississippi families that experience a financial burden due to active military service.

-- Reviving a bill that protects vulnerable adults from abuse. Barbour had vetoed the bill last month because of language that established a new and duplicative program within the attorney general's office that already exists within the Mississippi Department of Human Services.