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Huntsman Considers Special Session on Vouchers

Huntsman Considers Special Session on Vouchers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Gov. Jon Huntsman says that if courts don't decide the issue first, he'll call a special legislative session to ensure a Nov. 6 referendum is the final say on the state's school voucher program.

Huntsman issued a statement yesterday reversing previous comments he made that said a special session wasn't necessary.

Huntsman says: If the voters of Utah are not given understanding from that judicial process within a reasonable amount of time, I will do whatever is necessary to ensure an up or down vote.

Huntsman had hoped to avoid calling a special session by promising to honor the will of voters in the referendum. He issued a joint statement with House Speaker Greg Curtis, R-Sandy, and Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem, promising to "respect the outcome of the election."

But the trio doesn't agree on exactly what voters will be voting on in the referendum.

Huntsman sought to eliminate the confusion with his statement.

Huntsman: I consider the public's voice on the H-B 148 referendum to be the ultimate decision on Utah's voucher policy. I will call the Legislature into a special session if necessary to assure the finality of the November vote.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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