State lawmakers to tackle budget, redistricting

Redrawing district lines. Economic development. Oh, and that $634-million-plus breach to be plugged in the absence of federal stimulus dollars.

As always, state lawmakers plates will be full when the 2011 session is gaveled to a beginning Tuesday.

And while many of the main legislative entrees will have a familiar flavor, new side dishes will be on the menu, some more palatable than others.

“Pretty much, the same issues that have come before the Legislature in previous sessions, we’re going to see again,” said Rep. Percy Watson, D-Hattiesburg, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. “Of course, from my end, we deal with a lot of economic development measures. I understand that we will be considering those measures perhaps early in the session, and that’s about as much as I can say now.

Hattiesburg American