While two major items remained unresolved as Gunn and Reeves gaveled sine die to end the 2017 session, both said the session was productive.
“I feel we had a very good session,” Gunn said. “I felt the spirit was good, and people got along well.”
Indeed, in the combustible House, there was not nearly the level of hard feelings between Republicans and Democrats as there was in 2016 when disagreements forced action to a snail’s pace for several days.
In the Senate, Reeves also touted the session. Both he and Gunn cited the fact that legislation passed to prohibit politicians from using campaign donations to pay for personal expenses. And despite the revenue shortfall, the Legislature did approve a new trooper school to address what the Department of Public Safety has said is a dangerously low number of Highway Patrol troopers.
“We prioritized spending on education, and we prioritized spending on public safety,” Reeves said.