Chapter 5: Laying the Groundwork for Their Initiatives
Laying the Groundwork for Their Initiatives
For a governor, getting legislative support for an agenda is not simply a campaign, it is a full-time job. When the legislature is in session at the capitol, the governor is close at hand or on call. Unless special sessions occur, governors in states such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Virginia have to be around only for regular legislative sessions of sixty days or less. In Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington, legislatures meet in regular session for longer periods (and governors do not feel they can leave town before the legislature does). In a number of states, such as California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, ...