Senate calls it a year; House back for one more day

The 2016 Mississippi legislative session is set to sputter to a close on Thursday after an angry House member held a bill on a motion to reconsider in protest of consolidation of schools in his district, forcing the House back in for one more day after the Senate called it a year on Wednesday.

Rep. Bryant Clark, D-Pickens, attempted to get House members to reconsider their passage of consolidation of Holmes County and Durant public school districts. When a majority voted instead to send the bill on to the governor, Clark held a bill allowing alcoholic go-cups to be carried outside in entertainment districts on a motion to reconsider, preventing the House from ending the session Wednesday.

It’s expected to take the House only minutes on Thursday to dispose of the motion, legalize carrying drinks out of bars in some areas and end the session “sine die,” Latin for without day of return set.