Lawmakers discuss election year’s impact on legislative session

“We ought to just extend the budget in the third year and not even come back in an election year cause you would get a lot better run of things without the legislature in session during an election year,” said Rep. Steve Holland….

Rep. Andy Gipson says he sees a different dynamic.

“Part of the reason tensions get heightened is people feel threatened,” described Gipson. “People in some districts who’ve made votes over the last four years that may not reflect the wishes of their people.”…

…Republican Senator Terry Burton said he’s seen years where the upcoming election has a stronger impact. But he said that’s not the case this year.

“We’ve had really good contemplative debate on the floor about the issues, rather than the politics,” Burton noted.