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Fla. Lawmakers Call Special Session

December 2, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Republican-controlled Legislature will hold a special session on Wednesday to consider naming the state’s 25 electors as a hedge against court action that could overturn George W. Bush’s certified win.

House Speaker Tom Feeney and Senate President John McKay will announce Monday that a special session will begin Wednesday, according to House Republican leader Mike Fasano.

The Republican-controlled Legislature is considering appointing the 25 electors through a resolution that would spare Gov. Jeb Bush from having to sign legislation helping his brother.

The Legislature’s lawyers have recommended naming electors through the resolution, rather than passing a law that would require the governor’s signature and could be reviewed by the courts.

Republican lawmakers argued the Constitution makes the legislature responsible for naming electors, and requires them to do so if there’s a chance the state’s vote might not be counted because of a controversy. Democrats disagree.

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