16 comments

  1. Chris says:

    How much warning does he need to give the legislators? the 7th is Monday – thats 1 business day away.

  2. Chris says:

    If the date is the 14th, that brings up another question: Where does it say the session has to be five days long? Most Republicans will be at the state convention on Friday the 18th.

  3. Chris says:

    And if Sine Die part duex is on the 18th – woot! we all get to witness the bar fight.

  4. Booray says:

    I read that more equivocally than the headline indicates. The governor said he was going to call the 7th or 14th, but then indicated (quite reasonably) that he did not want to call a special session that drug on in stalemate.

    Since the story also indicated there have been no negotiations, the governor’s statement could be seen as much as trying to increase the pressure for the House to negotiate (therefore allowing a neat, short special session) as a real announcement of a date for the special session.

    In other words, there’s a reason the special hasn’t already been called, and this story does not indicate that reason has gone away. The governor could choose to press on anyway, but until the fundamentals change – well, they haven’t changed.

  5. Chris F, here is a hypothetical, assuming the deal on the legislation is pre-ordained:

    Monday (1) Bill is read in House
    Tuesday (2) Bill is in committee
    Wednesday (3) Bill out of committee, read 3rd time and voted on in House

    Wednesday (3/1) Bill is read first time in Senate, committed to committee
    Thursday (4/2) Bill is read second time in Senate, passes out of committee
    Friday (5/3) Bill is read third time in Senate, voted on, everything is done.

    Because the bill’s need to be read 3 times in each body, 5 days is pretty much the minimum.

  6. Chris says:

    Ok, now I see why the override option is so popular with legislators. House/Senate Gavel in session, House overrides, walks it over to the Senate, senate votes, and everyone goes to lunch.

  7. Misunderestimitated says:

    The latest is that Sonny not seeing any way to avoid being overridden is that he may sign the 07, as he hasn’t “actually vetoed” it.

    The House and Senate win. Sonny avoids embarrassment.

    If Sonny decides to “go to town” on the ’08 Local Assitance Grants. Then see if the House calls themselves into session to override Sonny’s line-item vetoes. It only takes 108 signatures to do it from the House members.

    (Overheard at Capital Grille)

  8. Chris says:

    If Sonny “goes to town” on the Local Assistance Grants then Sonny will redeem himself in the eyes of fiscal conservatives. The wheel will have come full circle and the House will be the bad guys again.

  9. LongTimeListener says:

    Sonny demanded money for his little fishing boondoggle, so I’m not sure he can redeem himself by using the line item veto to eliminate funding local projects. The state budget has increased over 25% since Sonny was elected, he proposed a huge tax increase in his first major speech as Governor, and he just vetoed a tax cut. It’s gonna to take more than using his power of line item veto as political payback to convince this fiscal conservative that the Governor is one of us.

    The Governor needs to sign the Supplemental Budget, give the $142 million back to the people of Georgia, and avoid a costly, unnecessary special session.

  10. bowersville says:

    Using the line item veto for the 08 budget and cutting local projects, is a good idea and I don’t care if it is for payback. Maybe, just maybe the rumor from the Capital Grille is true.

    With the cut of pork projects, there would be plenty of “reserve money” leading into the 09 budget, which should allow enough money on hand for a major tax overhaul. Not a bad idea at all.

    If this is true, the House wouldn’t dare override the veto on pork. All will be in a rush to out “fiscal conservative” the other.

  11. LongTimeListener says:

    If there truly are projects the Governor believes are pork, then he should by all means remove them. However, in the past, Local Assistance Grants have been used to improve hospitals or to buy equipment for first responders. If he vetoes projects like that because he is in a spat with the lawmaker from that district, then he is governing at the maturity level of my 4 year old. That said, the more important issue right now is the 07 Supplemental and the tax cut. The Governor needs to pick up another color crayon, scratch out his so called “veto” that he refused to transmit, and sign the budget. Cutting taxes and avoiding a costly and unnecessary special session should be the Governor’s priority now, not petty political payback.

  12. Misunderestimitated says:

    The MDJ has a good article on the situation:
    http://www.mdjonline.com/89/10257557.txt

    Closing paragraphs bring it home…

    “As for other means to resolve the budget concerns, the governor could rescind his veto. Indeed, it was never officially transmitted to the House or Senate, for one thing.

    But Perdue has staked out his ground on the tax break for retirees, although in exercising the veto he referred to other unfunded programs – which Richardson has said were covered in the compromise budget.

    If so, then Perdue will have an extremely difficult time justifying a special session that comes down to getting his way on a tax break for retirees versus homeowners getting a tax break.

    Let’s have more hard facts on why a special session is necessary.”

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