Second special session 'not impossible'

Steve Chamraz

Second special session 'not impossible'

CREATED Nov. 2, 2011 - UPDATED: Nov. 2, 2011

MADISON- State lawmakers could be called back to Madison in December to continue work on reviving Wisconsin's economy, sources said Wednesday.

A second special session would be convened at the request of Governor Scott Walker, who called the legislature together in late September under the banner of creating new jobs.

The current special session ends Nov. 3, with a number of legislative items left untouched.

Most notably, an expansion of state-sponsored venture capital investments that would fund start-up businesses that choose to open in Wisconsin.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said the administration was focused on completing the current special session before deciding about a second attempt.

Werwie added it was, "ultimately not impossible" lawmakers would be debating bills while Christmas lights illuminated the capitol.

The current special session was not singularly focused on creating jobs, as legislators worked on bills pertaining to hot-button topics like abstinence-only sex education and making recall elections more difficult. More trivial items, such as declaring October 6th "German-American Day" in Wisconsin, were also considered.

Government watchdog Chris Kleismet of Citizens for a Responsible Government said that is because legislators are easily distracted and hard to corral.

"The Governor can't legislate," Kleismet said. "Only the legislature can legislate. The only thing he can do is continue to call them into special session until they do their job."

 

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