Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor is weighing in on the topic of a hypothetical lame-duck legislative session before the governor’s office changes hands.State House and Senate leaders aren’t ruling out the possibility they’ll convene in January to pass Republican-backed bills before the Democratic governor-elect takes office.
And Gov. Tom Corbett would consider legislation passed in January, according to Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.
“The leaders of the House and the Senate will determine whether or not it’s good public policy and makes good sense to move the ball forward,” he said. “If in fact they do, as I said, I know for a fact that Gov. Corbett is prepared to listen.”
The Senate’s new GOP majority leader has said it would be difficult to pass any complicated measures in January.
Gov.-elect Tom Wolf will be sworn in Jan. 20 along with state Sen. Mike Stack of Philadelphia as his lieutenant governor.
That gives lawmakers just two weeks after their swearing-in date to organize committees, introduce legislation, and send it to the governor’s desk.
Cawley made his remarks on Radio Pennsylvania’s “Ask the Governor” program.