Bryant Wants Lawmakers to Fund Training School for Troopers

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Jackson, Miss. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he wants lawmakers to set aside money to train a new group of state troopers. And if they don't do it, he'll call them into a special session to force more discussion about the issue.

Lawmakers are still weeks away from finishing work on an overall state budget for fiscal 2015, which begins July 1.

The earliest budget recommendation from top lawmakers does not include money for a trooper training school. But, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Eugene "Buck" Clarke says about $6.9 million could be added before a final spending plan is adopted.

Bryant told The Clarion-Ledger Wednesday that he's willing to call a special session to push for funding of a trooper school, if needed. He says lives are at stake.