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House Speaker: special session not necessary

House Speaker Larry Cretul issued a memo to lawmakers Wednesday that suggests a special session to address the oil spill is not necessary.

Cretul stopped short of nixing the idea all together but his intent is clear in his tone: "It would appear that while there are some issues where legislative action may be appropriate, there are no issues that require immediate formal legislative action. ... Moreover, many of these issues require solutions that would benefit from closer scrutiny during a regular legislative session." (See the House workgroup reports here.)

It now leaves Senate President Jeff Atwater in a tough spot. He called for a special session ASAP last week, amid flak from his rival in the CFO's race, Loranne Ausley. Can Atwater convince his House colleagues (the so-called "do-nothing Legislature") to do something?