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Governor Ernie Fletcher said lawmakers need a "cooling off" period before continuing a special session of the General Assembly. The governor has adjourned the session until July 30, 2007.

Now Democrats and Republicans are at odds over a series of automated phone calls. The calls are reportedly being generated by the state G.O.P and House members who adjourned last week without taking any action.

Outside the Capitol on July 10, State Democratic Party Chairman Jonathan Miller blamed Fletcher for the calls after the governor called for lawmakers to take a break to ease tensions. Fletcher said lawmakers need the coming weeks to resolve issues before returning to Frankfort.

In regards to the calls, State G.O.P. Chairman Steve Robertson said they went mostly to Democrats representing coal constituencies and were geared toward the legislative elections in 2008.

House Speaker Jody Richards said it's not likely House members will reconvene and as far as he's concerned, the session is over.

Senate leaders had been working on several items since last week, but need House lawmakers to return to make progress.

To view a statement issued by House Speaker Jody Richards to Governor Fletcher concerning the special session, click here.


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