March 26, 2003
Posted at: 7:00 p.m. CST
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Governor Huckabee says there may be legal problems if the Legislature recesses next month and reconvenes in the fall to address education concerns.
The governor offered to set a specific date for a special session, instead. In a letter to legislators today, Huckabee said he was concerned that any work that various committees do in recess might be subject to a court challenge.
He says the committee actions might prompt legal challenges and raise questions about the legality of the work done. Senate leader Jim Hill of Nashville says he has legal assurances that an extended session would meet constitutional muster. Hill says he will proceed with the developing scenarios to make that happen.
Huckabee's plan to overhaul the state's education system probably won't pass this spring, the bill's sponsor says, and may have to be taken up in the fall.
In a special session, the governor would be able to set the agenda for the Legislature.