This time of year it might be more accurate to say the lemmings are in session rather than saying legislators are in session.
Lemmings, of course, are cold-weather living rodents that have come to symbolize the inability of people to think for themselves.
When it comes to putting together a state budget, members of the Mississippi Legislature have little opportunity to think for themselves. As the more than 100 bills that fund state government work their way through the process, legislators will ask questions, complain about the funding levels for programs and even offer a few amendments to change those funding levels.
But in reality, the budget put forth by the leadership is basically what legislators will agree to and pass.
Options for the rank-and-file legislator are limited.