"I suppose you'll be wanting the whole day?"

(December 17, 2003) - (Little Rock-AP) -- Somewhere, Ebenezer Scrooge is smiling. House and Senate leaders agreed yesterday to continue meeting through the Christmas holidays. Scrooge worked on Christmas Day itself but the Legislature isn't going quite that far. Members announced yesterday that both chambers would meet in special session with the only days off being Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The state Supreme Court set a January first deadline last year in finding the public school system unconstitutional. The Legislature did not pass major education reforms in a 94-day regular session that ended in April. The special session convened December eighth. Many legislators were uncertain Tuesday whether they could reach consensus on an education plan by New Year's Day, but their leaders said it is important to try.