STATEWIDE – On Wednesday, a second effort by the Democrats to call for a special session ended with the same result.
The question still remains, will the legislature hold a special session sometime this year?
“We both have different positions representing our caucuses and so we needed to talk about those things,” said Senate Minority Leader Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro.
“It’s incredible that we wouldn’t want to use state resources to make sure Mainers get every opportunity,” said Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash.
Democrats released a poll on Wednesday, showing their version of what is keeping the legislature from coming back.
Republican Senator Dow said with a response, it would provide political ammunition to say who voted how.
“We don’t feel that’s appropriate to use for information during an election year,” said Dow.
For the democratic side, Jackson said we need to help struggling Mainers.
“We have a number of bills that helps people with drinker water programs, we have bills that help with pharmaceuticals, these are all things that have always been hugely important,” said Jackson.
Republicans have been adamantly opposed to calling a special session for numerous reasons, one in particular is health concerns and the lack of public accessibility.
“The public and any interested groups would not be allowed to participate,” said Dow.
There are two ways a special session could be held first, if a majority of each parties’ members agree to return or Governor Janet Mills has the power to call them back.
Senator Jackson claims the Republicans are holding in person fund-raisers starting next week but Senator Dow said he believes the murky agenda is whats keeping the legislature away from the State House halls.