The press conference at Adelup was held an hour and a half after senators returned to special session for 39 seconds and recessed until next Tuesday. No reason was given. But soon after the recess Governor Eddie Calvo revoked that special session and called them back in for another one...this time discuss a new bill he sent down.
The latest version called for another 2% increase to the business privilege tax but sets a sunset provision of March 31, 2019. The new bill also includes all amendments that were approved in his first Bill 245.
The bill however failed to get enough votes to pass.
So what happened at 1? Nothing. Only two senators reportedly showed up that's because based on advice from the Legislature's Legal Counsel.
It doesn't appear the Governor has the legal authority to revoke his initial call to special session and call for another one, when they've already convened in the initial session he called.
Although that may sound confusing Acting Speaker Therese Terlaje says what's clear is both sides have to work together. She said, "I'm very much hoping that between fire chief and governor since the fire chief says he's acting at somebody's direction they will find a better way they will not take ambulances offline I mean all the agencies are going to have to find ways to cut costs but I just hope it can be without cutting public safety."
The administration meanwhile maintains the Governor has the Organic Act Authority to call them into another special session. The Governor stating that while senators have recessed for the three day weekend, thousands of government employees face uncertainty and others face unemployment". He added Speaker BJ Cruz left island earlier this week for Bangkok and Senator Mike San Nicolas has been absent from session all week.