Issues stacking up for potential special session

Gov. Phil Bryant before the 2015 legislative session ended April 2 dropped hints he might at some point call lawmakers back into special session to reconsider his workforce training proposal that died.

Since then, the list of issues state leaders, lawmakers and others want added to any special call has grown. Common Core, tax cuts and credits, police body cameras, joining an “SEC presidential primary” – if Bryant were to call a session and put all requested items on the agenda, such a session could last for weeks. This probably wouldn’t be popular with many lawmakers who are busy campaigning for re-election this year.

Bryant spokeswoman Nicole Webb on Monday said the governor is “judicious” in considering special sessions and has made no decision.

“Any potential topic must stand on its own merit,” Webb said. “Things like response to a natural disaster or support for a major economic development project would certainly be priorities.”

Clarion Ledger
4/13/15