UPDATE:Cigarette tax talks revived in Miss. Legislature

JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers have voted to revive a bill that would increase the state’s cigarette tax.

The bill died last week when negotiators couldn’t agree on a compromise before a deadline.

The Senate and House voted Monday to suspend the deadline and allow more talks. Doing so took more than a two-thirds majority in each chamber.

Mississippi’s current cigarette excise tax of 18 cents a pack is the third-lowest in the nation.

When talks broke off last week, the House had offered to set it at 80 cents a pack and the Senate had offered 60 cents.

Lawmakers say increasing the tax could generate more revenue to pay for state government.

The Associated Press