May 4, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) - Republican House leaders have asked the governor's officer whether a resolution to the mid-year budget impasse might be possible without a costly special session of the Legislature.
The House leaders say that before they can settle on the best start date for a session, they need to know if Governor Perdue would just call on the House to resolve the budget or whether other matters might be included as well.
Perdue polled lawmakers in the House yesterday about their preference for a special session, laying out three possible dates for legislators to reconvene in Atlanta. In an e-mail to all 180 members of House, Perdue's chief of staff, Ed Holcombe, suggested May Seventh, 14th or 21st as possible start dates for the session, which is set to last a minimum of five days.
Perdue vetoed the mid-year budget on April 19th. It included a $142 million one-time property tax refund for Georgia property owners. House Speaker Glenn Richardson has pledged to fight for that tax cut.
Perdue has voiced concerns that the budget slashed funding for critical state programs. Senate leaders are polling their own members on a preference for the session.