Governor Bob Holden says he is pleased with what has been accomplished during the first half of the legislative session and adds he is looking forward to getting quite a bit done in the remaining month-and-a-half of the session. Holden was happy to sign the rape and sodomy bill into law – legislation that passed without a lot of controversy. But he now faces the prospects of a legislative stalemate on the budget. Usually by this time of year the House has completed its preliminary approval of a budget and the Senate is working on its version. But things are very much behind schedule this year. Nevertheless, the Governor is optimistic lawmakers will reach a deal before the end of the session, and believes there will be no need for a special budget session of the Legislature this summer. The current session ends Friday, May 17th.
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