The senators involved say Edwards must proceed regardless. But why not cut out the middleman? That same passage gives the presiding officers of the Legislature the same power, when authorized by a majority of each chamber.
They don't probably because they know the House leadership and quite a few of chamber Republicans would want a very circumscribed list of revenue-raising measures and also include other items such as voting on work requirements for welfare recipients and Medicaid copayments. By contrast, Edwards, if he can politically, would exclude those and confine the session to a broad menu of tax increases, perhaps exclusively aimed at corporations and higher-income earners.