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Miss. lawmakers kicking off 4-month 2012 session

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

(AP) - The Mississippi Legislature begins its 2012 session Tuesday, with Republicans controlling both chambers for the first time since Reconstruction.

Philip Gunn of Clinton is on track to be elected speaker of the 122-member House, and fellow Republican Greg Snowden of Meridian is expected to be chosen to the chamber's second-highest leadership post as speaker pro tempore.

Republican Phil Bryant presides over the Senate in his final days as lieutenant governor. He'll be succeeded Thursday by Republican Tate Reeves.

Reeves is backing the GOP's Terry Brown of Columbus as Senate president pro tempore.

Legislators are scheduled to meet four months, as is customary during the first year of a 4-year term.

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