The Clarion-Ledger, 3/25/9

State senators are expected to decide Thursday whether to join House lawmakers in overriding Gov. Haley Barbour’s veto of legislation that strengthens Mississippians’ property rights.

It could be some of their final work at the Capitol before the legislative session recesses. Lawmakers tentatively have agreed to adjourn on Tuesday and return May 4, with the hope they will learn more about how federal stimulus dollars can be used to help shore up the budget.

House and Senate leaders negotiating a way to provide additional revenue through a cigarette tax hike face a compromise deadline tonight.

“We’re making some progress,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Percy Watson, D-Hattiesburg, said at a separate meeting that ended with no agreement on raising hospital taxes to pay for Medicaid.