Mississippi lawmakers return to Capitol for 3-month session

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is proposing a teacher pay raise as Mississippi legislators begin their three-month session.

House and Senate leaders say they also would like to consider raises for state employees. But, it will be late March or early April before budget decisions are made.

Legislators face leadership questions this session. The Senate president pro tempore, Republican Terry Burton of Newton, and the House speaker pro tempore, Republican Greg Snowden of Meridian, have each faced a drunken driving charge.

Snowden pleaded no contest and entered a diversion program without a conviction. Speaker Philip Gunn says the Ethics Committee could look at Snowden's leadership post.

Burton was arrested Dec. 19 in Starkville, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has urged him to step down as pro tem.