Lawmakers Mull Utility Regulators' Budgets

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi lawmakers Friday started their second special session of the past two weeks.

It was not immediately clear whether they'd accomplish what Gov. Haley Barbour called on them to do: Write budgets for the two government agencies that were left unfunded when the fiscal year started July 1.

Spending plans for the Public Service Commission and the related Public Utilities Staff were left in limbo last week because of a disagreement over the commission's request to hire more employees.

The three commissioners want people with financial and legal expertise to help them evaluate information from utility companies.

House Democrats have supported the commissioners' request. Barbour and Senate Republicans have opposed it.

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