Times columnist Ernest Dumas, who’s seen a half-century of legislative sessions, sums up last week’s three-day gathering. In short: It didn’t provide a fix for any of the three items on the agenda: school employee health insurance, inadequate prisons or lottery games opposed by the Oaklawn slot machine parlor in Hot Springs.

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Most emergency sessions are monuments to the legislature’s past folly rather than some unforeseen crisis, and this little session had no other cause. Worse, the state and the legislators will very soon, probably this winter, have cause to rue the failings and lack of leadership of this session—failings, incidentally, that the governor must share.

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