Special Legislative Session Planned for Monday

April 1, 2006 - Posted at 1:46 p.m. CST

Jonesboro, AR_Governor Huckabee made the call and the state will abide, a special session will begin monday at 1:00 p.m. at the state capitol. But what does that mean for Arkansans.

Most thought that education funding for the state was the sole reason for the special session, but that's not so easy to determine. The agenda includes 31 proposed bills, a lot for a special legislative session according to 2 local state representatives.

Representative Chris Thyer said "I would've liked to have seen us deal with eduation and education only."

Both Representatives Chris Thyer and J.R. Rogers said that they felt the other bills that weren't dealing with the education funding could've waited.

The Governor told legislators today in a conference call that he expected the session to only last a week, but they had their doubts with the long list of bills on the agenda.

What most people don't realize however, is that legislative special sessions, whether necessary or not, will cost everyone money.

"If there is something that is an emergency and needs to be handled now, that's one thing. But if there are just bills that people are wanting to get passed and have a special session, that's not fair to the taxpayers", said Rogers.

Rogers adds that legislators should've waited until the research study regarding the public education system in arkansas is complete, and if still necessary, call a special session then.

but Thyer had a little different opinion on the timing...

"I think a session is absolutely necessary", said Thyer. "As far as could the session wait? There is never a good time for a session."

All in all, legislators will meet regardless Monday afternoon and begin to address the problems our state currently faces.Of Course... K8 News will follow this issue and keep you informed on the results of the special session.