The Tolbert Report is pleased to announce a new contributor, Brett Hooton. With the legislature in session and tax season for me (I am a CPA), I appreciate the assistance and look forward to his viewpoints. Brett is no stranger to politics. He is a former candidate for state representative, has a degree in both Economics and Political Science, and currently works full-time in Power Transmission Planning.
The Arkansas Senate yesterday sent to the House a resolution to recess until Wednesday. The House plans to vote today to recess through Wednesday for Obama's inauguration. With as much work as the House leaders have claimed they have (lottery, trauma center and health care, economy, etc.), with the session being limited in time, and with the uncertain economic times we're currently in, it is important that the Arkansas House not take a vacation on their 2nd week of work. I applaud the legislature in 2000 and 2004 for continuing to work for Arkansans during both of Bush's inaugurations. Arkansans need our government working for us, not taking a break the second week they're on the job.
UPDATE - In a mostly party line vote, the House approved the Senate's resoluation to recess 69 to 22. Although it appears from reading the bill, that this only applied to the Senate. No word yet if the House plans to recess as well.
UPDATE II - Rep. Greenberg, fellow blog contributor on the self proclaimed "Supreme Allied Commander, Arkansas Blogosphere" (or as we will now refer to him SACAB) David Kinkade's the Arkansas Project, weighs in on how it all went down.