Mississippi Legislative session begins Tuesday

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi legislative session will begin Tuesday at noon in Jackson.

Lawmakers are already in the state's capitol ahead of the big day. The issues set to be discussed include, state employee pay raises, teacher pay raises and increasing the budget for mental health in the state.

Republican Greg Snowden says election years typically mean less controversial items on the agenda.

"It will be an election year and that tends to mean there won't be any big, bold initiatives. That's something the legislature will leave for the next legislature. That doesn't mean we won't be addressing important issues," Snowden says.

Snowden has already qualified to run for re-election.