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Legislative Sessions Canceled

March 21, 2003|From a Times Staff Writer

The Assembly meeting had barely started Thursday morning when Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Culver City) called it off because the country "is at war" and members should go home and be with their families.

Wesson said he got a letter from a "frightened" 7-year-old boy who suggested that there ought to be a rule letting mothers be home with their sons and daughters "because of their fears."

The Senate canceled its floor session an hour before it was to start. Senate President Pro Tem John L. Burton (D-San Francisco) suggested that lawmakers were preoccupied with the war.

The agenda of each house contained seven measures. Those issues will wait, but lawmakers made sure they took one action: In both houses, the floor meeting was changed to a "check-in" session, which enables legislators to continue collecting their $125-a-day, tax-free expense allowances.

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