Gov. Bryant calls special legislative session for June 5, length unknown

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Fred Anklam Jr., Mississippi Today

Mississippi State Capitol

Lawmakers will be headed back to Jackson in early June.

Gov. Phil Bryant made the special session call, announcing it on his Facebook page Tuesday evening.

“In the interest of providing proper notice to taxpayers and to members of the Legislature, I am announcing that the special session to complete the budget for fiscal year 2018 will be June 5,” Bryant wrote on Facebook.

“Although the legislative process will determine the length of the session, I anticipate lawmakers will finish their work as quickly as possible, to minimize costs to taxpayers.”

Lawmakers failed to pass budgets for the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the attorney general’s office. A dispute between Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves over paying for an infrastructure improvement plan sank the transportation bill.

Top lawmakers said the governor would wait for the House and Senate leaders to work out a compromise before calling legislators back for a special session that could cost nearly $70,000 per day.

Spokespeople for Gunn, Reeves and Gov. Bryant did not immediately respond to questions about whether a deal has indeed been struck.

  • Denver Soday

    Hey, Phil. Put your impeachment on the agenda!

  • Lee Underwood

    What about the deadline for Federal matching funds for MDOT that apparently are set to expire as an option on May 15th? Would those matching funds be in peril without an approved MDOT budget?