Miss. lawmakers must balance spending and demands

Mississippi lawmakers gaveled their 2014 session to order at noon Tuesday.

They have a busy three months ahead, but they’re getting off to a slow start.

“We’ll meet and greet today and fight tomorrow,” joked Rep. Preston Sullivan, D-Okolona.

No bills were posted to the legislative website before the session, so it wasn’t possible for the public to read the specific proposals that will be debated. More than 100 bills appeared on the site shortly after the session started, but many more are expected before the Jan. 20 bill filing deadline. In most sessions, at least 2,000 bills are filed, though only a small fraction of them become law.