Special legislative session stirs up controversy
A special legislative session called by Gov. Jodi Rell is stirring up controversy on several different levels.Lawmakers are expected to return to the Capitol Wednesday for the session. The session comes only days after they passed a two-year, $4.6 billion package of bonding initiatives. Rell announced last week that she plans to veto the bonding package. Rell says she will veto the bill and wants lawmakers to come back and vote only on local school construction projects. Rell says the Democrats' proposal is too expensive.
House Speaker Jim Amann says legislators will meet Wednesday, but Rell shouldn?t expect much to get accomplished. Amann feels the governor?s recent actions were more about politics than policy.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Susan Byciewicz says by calling for a special session on such short notice, state troopers had to subpoena each legislator. She claims that could have affected public safety and taxpayers.
Rell spokesman Chris Cooper says there was no public safety impact or fiscal impact while troopers delivered the subpoenas. Cooper also says the session was called because the Legislature needs to act right away on bonding for the schools.
Associated Press wire reports contributed to this story.
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