State senators will convene for a midsummer session at the state Capitol tomorrow to discuss a few outstanding issues.
The subject of what to do about feral pigs has been lumbering its way through the Capitol over the past couple months. Some lawmakers are passionate about the destruction rogue pigs could cause to farmland and livestock. Others say wild boars are an important source of income to hunting ranches. And then there are the lawmakers who think the subject is, well, a bit silly.
"I don't have a pressing need to act on that right away, but I think we need to talk about it," says Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville. He recognizes that the swine question is important to many people and needs to be dealt with.
Public Employee Health Benefits
Richardville says lawmakers also need to decide whether to require public employees to pay more for their health insurance benefits.
"How do we contain the costs of healthcare and possibly have a better healthcare system overall. But what can we afford, and how can we best implement that?"
The Senate is also expected to debate a new four-year lifetime cap on welfare benefits in their midsummer meeting.