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6:35 pm
Thu September 10, 2009

MI House speaker says no round-the-clock sessions

LANSING, MI – House Speaker Andy Dillon doesn't expect a repeat of the round-the-clock sessions House members endured in September 2007 as they struggled to avoid a state shutdown.

Dillon said Thursday on a taping of public television's "Off the Record" program that House members will have to meet more often, but should be able to get budget bills passed by the Sept. 30 deadline.

He doesn't expect a repeat of the short government shutdown that took place in 2007, and sees no need for a continuation budget.

The Democrat from Wayne County's Redford Township says he and Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm agree on much of the budget.

But he won't be able to get support for her entire plan to raise $682 million more in revenue through new taxes and shrinking some tax exemptions.