State lawmakers recap special session

Published: Jun. 12, 2017 at 6:36 PM CDT
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Mississippi lawmakers finished a special session last Monday, and local representatives met with leaders in Meridian and Lauderdale County Monday afternoon to recap what happened.

The special session was called by Gov. Phil Bryant to finish writing the state budget and deal with a few other items.

House Pro Tem Greg Snowden and Rep. Charles Young, Jr., shared the high points with city and county leaders at the Council of Governments.

“It was a fairly defined straightforward agenda and we were able to accomplish it in one day. We began at ten o'clock in the morning and we left the Capitol about ten thirty that evening," said Snowden.

The legislature approved several items and each of those measures will be signed into law. Lawmakers were slightly disappointed.

“The House took up the appropriations measure for MDOT and we passed it. We also took up the appropriations measure for the attorney general's office and we passed that. We passed the two measures for the secretary of state's office also. The Senate likewise passed the same appropriations bills for MDOT and the attorney general's office and the same additional monies for the secretary of state,” said Young.

But hot ticket items like the lottery and money for roads and bridges did not come up in the session.

"Unfortunately that did not happen but I am told, speaking with the Speaker and other members of the House, that there are ongoing discussions with the Senate. We are hopeful we'll come forward with some ideas and certainly by January we'll have some solid ideas for roads and bridges and infrastructure improvements," said Snowden.

The legislature avoided using additional taxpayer money by completing the special session in just one day.