Senate passes resolution to shorten session

Published 7:43 pm Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Mississippi Senate passed a resolution Wednesday that would shorten the 2008 legislative session from 120 to 104 days.

The resolution passed unanimously and now goes to the House for consideration.

Lt. Gov.-elect Phil Bryant had wanted to shorten the session to 90 days, saying he and Gov. Haley Barbour, who won a second term last year, didn’t need a lot of time to prepare their legislative agendas.

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Senate President Pro Tempore Billy Hewes, R-Gulfport, said Wednesday that it might be difficult to fit all the legislative action into 90 days, but he said it could completed within 104 days.

He said lawmakers had voted to shorten the session in the past and “it worked out pretty doggone well. Everybody was able to get back home and saved the state a lot of money.”

The shortened session would save about $500,000, Hewes said.

The resolution is SCR 502.