Richard_B wrote: jmra wrote:
J.R.@A&M wrote:So does this weekend's budget deal lessen the chance of a special session?
Not based on some of the articles I've read. They still need to tackle district mapping among other things.
The question in my mind is whether the Lt. Gov. and some Senators will ask the Gov. to include some of the bills that Speaker Straus bottled up in committee. With no 2/3rds majority required to get bills to the Senate floor in a special session there would be an opportunity to get a vote on them without the Dems having the ability to keep them off the floor. In the House, Speaker Straus would be tempting fate to block bills sent over from the Senate the way he did in the about to adjourn regular session.
I should hope that it would be possible to recruit a couple of Senators to sponsor the bills.
I think you may be on to something. If nothing else, giving Senator Carona a chance to right his wrong by correcting the mess with HB508 and presenting HB 3218 as a senate bill. HB 3218 would accomplish a lot of what was attempted with the Senate amendments to HB508 and would apply to everyone, eliminating the House objections.
I'll be writing and calling Senator Nelson to submit a request to the Governor to allow the Legislature to reconsider HB508 in special session. I think we should each give our Senator a chance to correct their screw up with HB508. The Governor might be a little more inclined to expand the special session with several requests from the Senate.