Mississippi House minority leader says relations improved

The leader of the Democratic minority in the Mississippi House says partisan tensions have eased a bit so far this year.

Rep. David Baria of Bay St. Louis said Monday at a luncheon sponsored by the Stennis Institute of Government and the Capitol press corps that he and Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn have been holding regular meetings.

Baria says Democrats want to cooperate with Republicans when they can, but will maintain a principled opposition on some issues.