House and Senate leaders say it does not look like there will be a 2nd special session, at least, for the time being. The issue at hand is the Coastal Management Program.
Both the House and Senate say they won't meet in a second special session unless they have a pre-agreement on what that would entail.
Senate leaders decided earlier today in a closed door meeting that they are willing and ready to go back to Juneau but under certain terms, and that's where both the House and Senate cannot agree. Senate President Gary Stevens says the Senate is willing to go back to Juneau, only if, it's to take up the conference committee report, which was created by a committee made up of three members of the House and three members of the Senate.
The Senate had passed it 14-to-4, but it died in the House by 1 vote.
House Speaker Mike Chenault says the House does not want to go back to special session to compromise on a bill that already failed to pass in the House. Chenault wants the Senate to consider an earlier plan.
“We had offerend a proposal that included the House bill plus some changes that the Senate had already agreed to, and a few minor word changes, and they refuse that. So right now the House is not intersted in going back in and negotating on a compromise that failed twice,” said House Speaker Mike Chenault.
Senator Stevens says what the House wants would be a step back from their latest version crafted by the Conference Committee. Five House representatives were absent the day of that vote and Stevens believes those votes could have passed the bill.
“Unfortunately they decided to adjourn early,” said Senate President Gary Stevens. “They decided to adjourn when there were 20 vote when they needed 21 votes, so I don't think the House is that far from accepting the position the Senate is behind right now.”There were discussions last week on a 2nd special session, and both the Senate and House have been told by their leadership to book flights to Juneau to take up the Coastal Management Program which is set to expire July 1, 2011. For a 2nd special session, either lawmakers can call themselves back with a two-thirds vote or the Governor can call them back to Juneau.