Special Session Ends With No Agreement On Redistricting

(Jackson-AP) -- Gov. Ronnie Musgrove ended the redistricting special session late Wednesday after House and Senate leaders said they could not reach consensus.

Senate Elections Chairman Hob Bryan said "The gap which divides us is so broad that we have not been able to bridge it.''

Mississippi is losing one of its five congressional seats because it grew more slowly than many other states in the 1990s. A redistricting special session started last Thursday.

After a weekend of talks produced no plan the House adjourned on Monday, but the Senate wanted to return to the Capitol this Thursday.

The constitution says that if the House and Senate disagree on when to adjourn a special session, the governor decides when to send them home. Musgrove said there's no point in bringing lawmakers back to Jackson without consensus on a plan.

Gov. Musgrove said he has asked the joint committee to continue its work and that he would call legislators back at the appropriate moment if progress was made.