By Jeff Amy
JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant has revived an effort to allow Mississippi district attorneys to hire more deputy prosecutors.
Bryant issued a call Wednesday for a special session after House Bill 1026, which would have added more assistant district attorneys, died Monday. House and Senate negotiators couldn’t reach an agreement.
Because lawmakers are already meeting in regular session, the special session’s effect is to resurrect the issue of more prosecutors.
The House bill called for adding at least 18 prosecutors, while the Senate bill called for adding at least five.
The bill, in addition to adding prosecutors, would have added new chancery and circuit court judges and rearranged some judicial districts.
In an accompanying statement, Bryant said that adding new prosecutors is an essential companion to the new law he signed that changes how many criminals are sentenced in Mississippi.
“These same prosecutors will be responsible for implementing many of the criminal justice reforms we have signed into law,” he said. “We must provide additional assistant prosecutors.”
Bryant is calling on lawmakers to forgo additional daily pay they would receive as a result of the special session.