First Bills to Barbour

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

One bill passed by the Mississippi Legislature in a special session covers budget shortfalls for several agencies for the current state fiscal year, which ends June 30.

The other revives and funds a unit in the attorney general's office for prosecuting crimes against vulnerable adults.

The deficit-funding bill was originally filed in the Senate, but the House added money to it on Wednesday. Senate Appropriations Chairman Jack Gordon Thursday urged his colleagues to accept the House changes.

Barbour called lawmakers into special session to handle unfinished business from the regular session that ended in early April. He has expanded the agenda to allow some work on the $3.9 billion budget for the year that starts July 1.

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