Analysis: Lawmakers in hurry-up and fete

Mississippi lawmakers are off to a leisurely start for the 2012 session, to the frustration of many members — especially freshmen who came to Jackson with big ideas to change the world.

The pace could pick up soon because the bill-filing deadline is Feb. 20 and committees are organized to work.

Legislators usually meet four months during the first year of a term, from early January to early May. That’s the case this year because leaders never entertained a proposal to shorten the time at the Capitol.

For the final three years, each session is scheduled for three months, from early January to early April.