UPDATE – Miss. lawmakers start process of extending session

Published 8:46 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mississippi lawmakers are working on giving themselves more time to write a budget.

Under a resolution that passed the House Tuesday, legislators would finish their work on general changes to state law by late this month or early next month, as scheduled.

Then, they’d take a few weeks off and return to the Capitol in either early May or early June to finish a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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The Senate is expected to vote later this week on changing the budget deadline.

The timeline remains the same for one bill that could affect revenues. Wednesday is still the deadline for negotiators to reach a compromise on a proposed cigarette tax increase.

The resolution is House Concurrent Resolution 96.