Are those rumors of a special session in the air? We’ve been hearing them – specifically, that Speaker John Pérez and Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg might call legislators back during the mid-July to mid-August summer recess to deal with a few issues and bills that fell through the cracks while budget matters took all the air out of the room. But Steinberg’s top flak, Alicia Trost, put the kibosh on these reports: “No plans of a special session. There are no outstanding issues. We have been careful to take up budget-related items after regular committees completed their work.” She also touted a few things the Leg did get done, like RPS and clean energy bills. So maybe staffers will get a few precious weeks of “boss-free shorts and t-shirts” time this summer (that is, if we ever have summer). Still we also hear there’s a few legislators hoping to make a little extra per diem to make up for the two weeks of salary they lost…

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