With a two-thirds supermajority vote in both chambers, lawmakers could suspend rules, push deadlines back and revive the MDOT budget. The Senate approved such a rules suspension Monday night, but the House did not.
“The House is determined to have a conversation about our state’s infrastructure,” said Gunn.
Bryant, in a written statement. said he will continue to work with Gunn and Reeves. Lawmakers expect to end their regular 2017 legislative session by Friday.
“If the session ends without a complete budget for (MDOT), we will have to work together to find a resolution, which will obviously necessitate a special session,” Bryant said.
The cost per day of a special session is more than $40,000 just to pay, house and feed lawmakers, and $60,000 on days when they’re reimbursed for travel. The actual cost of a special session — counting staff, utilities and other costs is probably closer to $100,000 a day, legislative officials have said in the past. House leaders said that lawmakers have knocked off on Thursday’s some during the session, “saving” taxpayers session costs for at least six days.