MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley continues his discussions with legislators about a possible special session of the Legislature next month.
But he says if he can't get Democratic and Republican leaders to put aside their differences on ethics reform and a new insurance plan for the Gulf Coast, then he won't call a special session.
Riley met Friday with the Montgomery Advertiser editorial board and explained the problem.
He says he's unwilling to risk a repeat performance of the regular session this year, when bitter partisan differences in the Senate kept virtually any significant legislation from being passed.
Emotions ran so high one day that a fistfight broke out on the Senate floor.
Riley says he spoke to some members of the Senate leadership and says, "My contention is that we need a buffer period so we can get everyone back together where it is not controversial."
A special session would force legislators to address only the two or three issues that Riley designates for the session.