Mississippi Lawmakers Pass Budget Bills

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Mississippi lawmakers were working Sunday to send bills for the $5.5 billion budget to Gov. Phil Bryant.

The House and Senate met on Easter to ensure they would finish passing budget bills by the April 1 deadline. While discussion held up a few bills on issues that had been controversial throughout the session, most of the bills went through with ease.

A vote on Medicaid failed, though the bill was held for more debate. The decision over whether to expand the state's Medicaid program with funds from the Affordable Care Act has been contested by lawmakers and other groups.

Legislators also engaged in debates on bills to fund education and the Secretary of State's office.

Recommitted bills will come up for a vote Monday.