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House Leaders to Sue Governor, May Return for Special Session

Friday, August 7, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Riley
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House leaders announced this past Wednesday that they are suing Governor Reeves regarding his partial veto of a bill that appropriated CARES Act funds to hospitals and other entities fighting the coronavirus.  They also indicated that they may return to Jackson in the near future to address the governor’s partial veto of the education budget and to pass a budget for the Department of Marine Resources.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, legislators passed a resolution earlier this year that allows Lt. Governor Hosemann and Speaker Gunn to reconvene the Legislature to address COVID-19 issues.  Once they return, if 2/3 of legislators approve of doing so, legislators may consider any issue, including the education budget, without having to wait for Governor Reeves to call a special session for them to do so.

 

When asked during Wednesday’s press conference about his plans for calling legislators back for a special session, Governor Reeves said he was not willing to play political games at the expense of the public health and safety of legislators, noting that many of them are his friends.  Citing the quick spread of the virus among legislators at the capitol in late June, he said it doesn’t make sense at this time to bring legislators back; rather, he wants to do so as soon as it is safe.