Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, ready to end this year's session so he can raise money for the governor's race, says he's holding out hope lawmakers will go home by Memorial Day. An anxious public counts the days. To reporters today, Ramsey said:
"When we get the budget a week ago Monday, it makes it a little harder to get out early. But I'd still like to get out by Memorial Day, which is what I'd call on time, not early. We're actually starting with a schedule on when our committees can shut down. I've actually discussed it in a leadership meeting with the Senate and the House, and I think we're all in agreement on this. If we leave it open-ended, I believe the House will stay here until the Fourth of July, the way things are going right now. The irony is the House leadership agrees with this. I think the Senate will take the lead in shutting down committees beginning about the middle of April and therefore that'll send a signal that we're not going to stay here through the summer."