Wed January 8, 2014
General Assembly Opens For 2014 Legislative Session
House Speaker Gordon Fox welcomed lawmakers back Tuesday by hoping the new legislative session is more civil than the one that stretched into last July.
Debate in the House turned prickly over parts of the budget during the last legislative year. In his opening speech on the first day of the new session, Fox called for a different approach.
“I hope that we strengthen the lines of communication, so hopefully we end this session earlier than last session and end it nice. Welcome back to 2014, let’s get to work," said Fox.
Legislative leaders usually try to end the session early during election years. That could be complicated this time by a series of complicated issues. Those include a large budget deficit, the fallout from failed video game company 38 Studios, and a possible settlement in a lawsuit over the 2011 overhaul of the state pension system.
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