Editorial: Playing Politics with Special Session

Being the first legislative session of a new four year term, this year’s regular session was slated for 125 days longer than other regular sessions in the cycle. 
Well, they all declared victory and packed up and went home after staying in session for only 103 days. At the time, Governor Barbour said that a special session would be required this summer to deal with the Medicaid issue, the State Employment Security Commission, and possibly additional issues. 

While it is true, staying in session the entire 125 days would not have helped the Medicaid dilemma because they were awaiting the results of a study in order to have all the information they needed. They could, however, have dealt with virtually the rest of the regular business had they stayed even 115, according to some state legislators. 

Now that they are in special session, they are playing politics again and costing us tax dollars. The State Constitution gives the Governor the right to set the agenda for special sessions. The Senate is intent on settling the unfinished business from the aborted regular session while they are there and the Governor has called for that in his agenda. The House, on the other hand, is saying that they will only deal with the Medicaid issue, the Employment Commission has been resolved, but nothing else and are planning to go home. 
Many important issues facing the state have to be dealt with by the House, the Senate and the Governor. More special sessions would only cost us more tax dollars. The House members are constitutionally and fiscally irresponsible for not cooperating to take care of the business we sent them to Jackson to handle in the first place.
Democrats and Republicans alike need to get their act together, quit playing games and do the right thing.
I’m Jim Cameron, let us know what you think.
Contact Jim Cameron at jcameron@wdam.com