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Friday, January 29, 2010

 1:52 PM 

Risser: MPS special session could stay open

The Assembly voted yesterday to adjourn a special session on governance change in Milwaukee Public Schools, but Senate President Fred Risser said this morning that there may be a procedural snag that could keep the session from formally closing.

Risser, D-Madison, said a rule exists that prevents one house from adjourning a special session for more than three days without the approval of another house. The Senate yesterday continued the special session until Tuesday, when a skeleton session is scheduled. The full Senate is not scheduled to be on the floor again until Feb. 16, and Risser said he's not sure a special session can be adjourned in a skeleton session.

"In my opinion we're still in special session," Risser said. "I have some hesitancy in thinking we can adjourn in skeleton ... It's quite clear that one house cannot adjourn for more than three days without the approval of the other house."

An aide in Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Tony Staskunas' office, citing the rule, said this morning the session is not officially adjourned, and a skeleton session may be necessary to keep it open.


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