Senator Sharon Hewitt talks about special session

Senator Hewitt was not among senators who urged Governor to call special session

BATON ROUGE La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Governor John Bel Edwards has hinted at the possibility of calling a special, saying one is needed ahead of the regular session in March in order to address the one billion dollar fiscal cliff. 

The Governor has said he won't call one however unless the republican leadership gets on the same page with him.

That hasn't happened yet but meetings between the Republicans and the administration have been taking place for weeks. 

Republicans favor cuts, while Governor Edwards wants to replace a temporary tax set to expire this July. 

14 state senators, some Democrat, some Republican cosigned a letter that urges the governor to call a special session after Margi Gras.

Political reporter Fred Childers asked republican Senator Sharon Hewitt from Slidell if she was part of that delegation. 

"I was not, that was signed by 14 of my colleagues in a 39 member senate, not a majority of the senate, it was signed by Republicans and Democrats, it's just strictly a difference in philosophy. We can't get solid numbers from the administration, we don't yet know what the deficit is," said Senator Hewitt. 

If Governor Edwards calls a special session, he will likely make that call this week, and it's expected to begin after Mardi Gras, but before the regular session in March.

Senator Hewitt believes a special session could be called after the regular session. 

Some of those close to the legislature believe the Governor will call a special session on Friday, March 9th. By law, 7 days would have to pass before the session can begin. 

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