$400 million to go for budget session, 110 bills approved

State legislators approved more than 110 bills Monday in the second dizzying day of Mississippi’s special legislative session called to adopt a state budget before the 2010 budget year begins Wednesday.

Gov. Haley Barbour, who called legislators into session Sunday, expanded his call Monday to include revenue bills to finance operation of most state government agencies.

Legislators waded through uncharted waters by trying to draft a budget with just 48 hours left in the 2009 fiscal year, but they appeared to make progress on a budget — something they had failed to achieve in the first five months of the legislative sessions that began Jan. 4.