MAEC Funding Dies

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A list of bond bills has died at the Mississippi Capitol, but lawmakers say some economic-development or capital improvement projects could be resurrected in the next few days.

The bills died when the House and Senate left late Monday without filing any final proposals before a midnight deadline.

Lawmakers are scheduled to end their 2006 session this weekend. It would take a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate to file new bills after the deadline.

Leaders have said at least one project that died Monday is likely to be revived: $15 million to help Rentech Incorporated develop a plant in Adams County to turn coal into natural gas.

The Rentech project was part of a comprehensive bond bill that included several projects, including university repairs and renovations, construction of county bridges and a list of local-interest items such as the Arts and Entertainment Center in Meridian.