Mississippi legislators start budget session

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi legislators are working quickly to set the final pieces of the state budget for the year that starts July 1.

During the first two hours of a special session that started Monday, the House passed bills to fund the attorney general and the Department of Transportation.

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood had asked the Republican-led Legislature to restore $4 million to make up for a portion of the money they had cut from his budget the past two years. The bill that passed the House did not fulfill that request.

The two budget bills move to the Senate for more debate.