- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on special session of the Mississippi Legislature (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

The Mississippi House has agreed to a plan to fill deficits in the final days of the budget year.

The House voted 72-37 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2001 in a special session, but only after hours of debate. Senators passed the bill Tuesday.

The bill gives Gov. Phil Bryant permission to take as much as needed from the $349 million rainy day fund to balance the $6 billion-plus budget.

State tax collections have fallen significantly short of expectations since the budget year started last July.

Bryant has made two rounds of spending cuts and has already pulled $45 million from the rainy day fund.

The budget year ends at midnight Thursday.

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9:53 a.m.

The Mississippi House is in the second day of a special session to fill deficits for the budget year that’s about to end.

Senators met Tuesday and passed a bill to let Republican Gov. Phil Bryant pull as much as he needs from the $350 million rainy day fund to balance the $6 billion-plus budget.

Democrats blocked a procedural move that would have allowed a same-day vote in the House - so the House was back in session Wednesday.

State tax collections have fallen significantly short of expectations since the budget year started last July.

Bryant has made two rounds of budget cuts and has already pulled $45 million from the rainy day fund.

The budget year ends at midnight Thursday.

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