Lawmakers Agree To Extend Session For Budget Talks

Mississippi legislators are buying themselves more time to work on the state budget. The House and Senate agreed Wednesday to extend the legislative session by a few more days.

The new budget deadline is Sunday, and the new adjournment date is May 14.

The state constitution says appropriation and bond bills can't be passed in the last five days of a session. The session originally was set to end Sunday, and the normal budget deadlines passed earlier this week.

If legislators leave without a budget, they'll be called back for a special session before the new fiscal year starts July 1.

The biggest sticking point is over how much money to spend on public schools.

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