Longer Legislative Session? Maybe, Maybe Not

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some Mississippi lawmakers say they want more time to finish the budget, but it's unclear whether they'll get it.

Negotiators face a Wednesday deadline to file final versions of more than 100 bills setting government spending, and the House and Senate must pass the bills by Friday. The fiscal year begins July 1.

House Democrats Monday tried to pass a resolution that would extend the budget-writing deadlines until late April, when they believe more federal money might be available.

Under the plan, lawmakers would leave the Capitol late this week and return April 20.

The extension resolution, however, died on a 5-5 vote in the House Rules Committee when Republicans opposed it. Democrats say they might try again to pass it.

The three-month session is set to end April 3.

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