On the petition of a majority of the Members elected to each House, the Governor must call a special session of the House. Or, the Governor may call a special session if, in his/her opinion, the public interest requires it.
A convening of the Legislature called by the Governor or a majority of the members of the Legislative Assembly, at a time other than during a regular session. Typically, special sessions of the Legislature are called for the purpose of addressing a specific state problem or issue.
A session of both chambers, called by the Governor or on the Legislature's own initiative, where the Legislature meets to carry on certain pressing business. In the event of a special session called by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House, the first order of business is ratification of the call by a majority of the members of each political party. Typically, the Legislature considers a limited number of proposals, and the session may last several days. There is no statutory adjournment dates for special sessions.
An extraordinary convening of the Legislature either at the request of the Governor or a majority of the members. A special session may be limited to matters specified in the call of the special session.
In a legislature, a special session is a period when the body convenes outside of the normal legislative schedule. This most frequently occurs in order to complete unfinished tasks for the year (often delayed by conflict between political parties), such as outlining the government's budget for the next year, biennium, or other period. In other cases, a special session may be convened to address an emergency such as war or natural disaster.