The Assembly Organization Committee has placed the state budget into an “Extraordinary Session” scheduled to begin 11 a.m. on Tuesday June 14th. People are getting prepared to take action and demonstrate at the Capitol on very short notice on Tuesday.
In contrast to a special session, which is called by the governor, an extraordinary session is initiated by the legislature. Extraordinary Sessions are very rare. In fact, since made possible by a joint rule in 1977, the assembly has scheduled extraordinary sessions only ten times, the last in 1993.
Here are some of the special features of the extraordinary session:
No notice of hearing before a committee shall be required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board, and no bulletin of committee hearings shall be published.
The daily calendar shall be in effect immediately upon posting on the legislative bulletin boards. A printed calendar isn’t required.
Any point of order shall be decided within one hour.
There can be no motions to postpone action to a day or time certain.
Any motion to advance a proposal and any motion to message a proposal to the other house may be adopted by a majority of those present and voting.
The session can be expanded to include any other legislation, including new legislation.