Huckabee Considering Pre-Christmas Special Session

DECEMBER 7, 2005 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A spokeswoman for Mike Huckabee says that the governor is considering calling a special legislative session the week before Christmas if a bond election funding higher education passes.

Huckabee press secretary Alice Stewart said the governor has already met with legislative leaders and discussed the possibility of a short session starting December 19.

Stewart said it's probably not a bad idea for "folks to keep the 19th through the 21st open."

The session would be called if voters approve bonds to fund improvements at higher education facilities in the state.  Huckabee called a December 13 special election for the higher education bonds and bonds for highway improvements.

Stewart said Huckabee discussed the possibility of a special session with Senate leader Jim Argue and House Speaker Bill Stovall.

Huckabee wants the session that week so the improvements for the schools can be addressed before the holidays, Stewart said.  The press secretary said the governor believes the session will be short because it will focus solely on the higher education improvements.

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