Gunn: Lottery debate not expected during special session

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn says he does not expect legislators to debate the creation of a state lottery during a special session next month.

Gov. Phil Bryant is calling lawmakers back to the Capitol starting June 5 to finish writing a budget for the year that begins July 1. They still need to set spending plans for the attorney general and the Department of Transportation.

Gunn spoke at a forum sponsored by the Capitol press corps and Mississippi State University's Stennis Institute of Government.

In response to a question, Gunn said he does not expect Bryant to put a complicated and potentially time-consuming issue like a lottery on the agenda of the session.

Only a governor can call a special session, and he sets the agenda.