State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Speaking yesterday to KMRS for this Sunday’s Legislative Corner program, District 12A State Representative Jeff Backer told KMRS that he thought the prospects of a Special Session of the State Legislature taking place today were slim, despite an initial agreement between the governor and legislative leaders on some major sticking points. Backer said even if all remaining bills were agreed upon, the process of preparing them for the session would take time. He gave an example of the 400 page Health and Human Services bill. The bill would need to be re-written for the session, which typically takes 2 to 3 days. In addition, some legislative rules would need to be suspended to be able to do three readings of a bill on the same day. And on top of that, he said legislators would like to look at the bill before coming to the Capitol.

But agreement was reached late last night and the governor has called the special session for 10 a.m. this morning. The full interview with Jeff Backer (already a bit dated) can be heard this Sunday over the 10 o’clock hour on KMRS, and will be posted early next week on our website, under the News tab in the Community Connection section.


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