Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour on Monday expanded lawmakers' agenda for a special session, allowing them to consider budget bills for big-ticket items such as public schools and prisons.
Lawmakers are scrambling to finish the $6 billion budget before the state fiscal year begins Wednesday.
When the special session started Sunday, Barbour initially allowed lawmakers to consider only special fund agencies, which get their money from fees or specific taxes.
The expansion on Monday allows lawmakers to consider most parts of the general fund, the largest part of the budget.
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