SPECIAL SESSION SET FOR FRIDAY BUT PLENTY OF WORK TO BE DONE FIRST

The state legislature will in fact, hold a special session Friday at 10 a.m. On the agenda will be measures designed to fix the state’s landmark campaign finance reform law. Parts of the law have been remanded to the lower court by the 2nd Circuit US Court of Appeals. Other parts were declared unconstitutional.

Lawyers for the four caucuses in the legislature and the governor huddled for most of the day, trying to come up with a remedy on which everyone can agree. In other words, there is a lot of work to be done between now and Friday to determine just will be done in the session.

Two areas of concern are the ban on lobbyists contributions and the “triggering provisions” that grants more funds to a participating candidate depending on the amount spent by that candidate’s opponents. Both were declared unconstitutional.

One solution on the lobbyists ban may be to limit the amount they can contribute instead of banning them altogether.

On the triggering provisions, the governor has made it clear she doesn’t support raising the grants for gubernatorial candidates.