GOP leaders at the State House have urged Democrats and the Legislature’s two independents to back emergency legislation allowing lawmakers to work during a special session without salary and expenses.
The costs of a special session have been pegged at about $40,000 a day, with legislators receiving $170 or so per day. Democratic Gov. John Baldacci has said calling lawmakers back to Augusta is possible but not a certainty.
Ranking Democrats in the House and Senate have been noncommittal as an administration review continues.