Fletcher May Call Special Session

On March 13, 2007, Governor Fletcher called a special news conference. This comes after the 2007 General Assembly adjourned for a two-week break.

Governor Fletcher said there is still a lot of work left to do and if necessary, he will call a special session. He said he will likely sign the speed limit, mine safety, minimum wage and a few other bills.

Fletcher also said he wants to see the House approve money set aside for the World Equestrian Games but he wouldn’t go so far as to say they would be cancelled if the funding isn’t passed.

“We made certain commitments and I feel certain the state will keep those commitments. Has anyone ever threatened to pull the Games? From my standpoint we are going to meet those commitments so I don’t think that’s going to be an issue at all,” Fletcher said.

The Games have been pulled in the past but the Governor said he hopes the House doesn’t allow politics to get in the way of the state’s progress.

Fletcher also said he wants to see the House pass the Boni Bill aimed at protecting social workers. It was expected to pass March 12, 2007, but did not go through.

The General Assembly is scheduled to return for two days on the 26th. By law, the legislature may not work beyond March 30, 2007, however, Governor Fletcher has threatened to call lawmakers back for a special session later this year.

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