By JEFF AMY – Associated Press – Wednesday, August 22, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi lawmakers are likely to debate a proposal to divide $700 million in oil spill money in a special session that opens Thursday.

Gov. Phil Bryant didn’t include the issue in the call, but a spokesman says it’s likely to be added later.

At issue are the remaining economic damage payments that BP PLC is making after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mississippi has about $100 million of the first $150 million in the bank, while another $600 million is expected over 15 years.

Sen. Tommy Gollott, a Biloxi Republican, says some lawmakers are discussing a plan that would give roughly 75 percent of all the money to three coastal counties, while roughly 25 percent would be spent in the state’s other 79 counties.

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