2013 Legislative session showed great unity, missed some key issues

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 1:12pm

The legislative session may be in the books, but analysts said the session was almost historic.

Robert Scott with the Public Affairs Research council said it was clearly a year marked by unity across the lines. Republicans and democrats worked to get a balanced budget through.

However, Scott says even working together they ignored some serious long-term issues like funding retirement and highway funding.

"Management wise they came up with a better product than they started with and they showed a lot of independence from the governor,” he said. “And it made it probably a better civics lesson than other sessions. But they ignored a lot of real issues."

Scott says there were also key pieces of budget reform passed, including efforts to make the process more transparent.

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