Lawmakers Pass Budget

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State lawmakers ended their nine-day special session Saturday after passing a budget, reviving a no-call list, and tweaking the state employees' health insurance system.

Lawmakers also passed a bill to care for burn victims, but even as they returned home, they were setting themselves up for another trip to the Capitol.

Gov. Haley Barbour says he'll call another special session "soon" for consideration of Momentum Mississippi, a package designed to encourage creation of high-tech jobs.

The House and Senate passed different versions of a bond bill that included Momentum, but the two chambers never agreed on one final version to send the governor.

Barbour said he's satisfied with the $4.6 billion state budget for the year that starts July 1.

This year marked the first time in memory that Mississippi lawmakers finished a regular session without passing a budget. The three-month session ended in early April, and Barbour called them back to the Capitol.