Legislators meet for special session Thursday

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Governor Phil Bryant has issued the official document to call lawmakers to Jackson Thursday to discuss more money for roads and bridges.

Legislators are set to meet at the state capital tomorrow. The plan includes diverting some taxes on internet sales to cities and counties, creating a state lottery with proceeds earmarked for state roads and bridges, using proceeds from a tax on sports betting and borrowing up to $300 million.

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The governor’s call, made Tuesday, envisions lawmakers only taking up two bills. It doesn’t currently include provisions for lawmakers to divide $700 million in oil spill damages being paid by BP. Senator Brice Wiggins said, “I’m glad to see that we’ll be taking up the lottery in particular and addressing the needs for roads and bridges which has been an issue statewide. I don’t think there’s been a question about the need. It’s always been to what degree and how we’re going to pay for it.”

A Bryant spokesman says plans to take up BP at the special session could be added later during the session.