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House Dems to Cretul: We'll roll to vote if you push back start date



House Democrats have responded to Speaker Larry Cretul's digging in on Thursday's start date for the special session on all things rail.

They promise to help roll the bill to a final vote next Tuesday -- meaning they'll vote yes on procedural matters to speed the process up -- if Cretul is willing to push the start of the session up and allow black lawmakers to attend a long-scheduled national convention in South Florida.

Download Response to Speaker Cretul on Dec 1 -- Leaders Sands & Thompson

Here are two original letters sent by Cretul on the matter. The first was sent to all members saying that black legislators attending the conference can be excused upon request.

Download Special Session attendance

And here's a second letter from Cretul explaining his rationale.

Download Letter from Speaker Cretul -- Dec 2009 Special Session B

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:07pm]


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