Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Isn't That Special

So there have been rumors of a Special Session floating around for a couple of weeks now, but nothing definitive has yet to emerge. I would imagine that the session would be called to do some type of bonding bill in order to come up with the matching money needed for the big dollars we have coming our way under the recently signed federal transportation bill. While I tend to be wary of bonding bills, conceptually this one would seem to make sense based on the long-term benefits to our state. (In the CMA department, the session could be called for something altogether different, (or not called at all), but I doubt it.)

The more interesting question is if they simultaneously try to tack on some type of additional bonding to do a capital bill for projects of local importance to constituents and thereby to legislators. I could be missing something procedurally, but this would seem to be doable under the 'it's just as easy to bond a lot as it is to bond a little' theory.

If there is a capital bill, it could turn into a feeding frenzy as groups come out of the woodwork trying to satisfy their unrequited desire for funding for their projects. Since the proverbial capital well has dried up, it has been a number of years since we have seen that type of frenetic activity around the capitol.

From a timing standpoint, it would seem to make more sense to do a Special Session later that would run right into Veto Session (which is very early this year) rather than to convene the legislature in a few weeks and then bring us in again a few weeks after that. I guess we'll find out soon enough.


At September 6, 2005 at 1:51 AM, Blogger Rich Miller said...

I heard about this at the DuQuoin Fair, checked on it, and was told there was little to no interest. Not sure if anything has changed yet, but will follow up in the morning.

At September 6, 2005 at 9:37 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

Hey Rich,

There may be little overt interest, but I know that it was at least in the preliminary planning stages. As of now, who knows. Besides, where else are we going to get the money? Unless gas prices keep rising I guess.


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