The years since World War II have been characterized by a mounting pressure on state legislatures to produce solutions to difficult problems on a moment's notice. One manifestation of this increased pressure has been a rise in the frequency of legislative special sessions called by the governor. The fact that states have been forced to turn to this device with some regularity in recent years makes appropriate the consideration of a state constitutional problem peculiar to the operation of a special session: the permissible scope of legislative business at special sessions.

I. Introduction

II. “Tests” of Validity under the Call

III. The Majority View

IV. The Minority View

V. A Current Nebraska Problem

VI. Should Legislatures Be Limited at All during Special Sessions—A Look at the “Pros” and “Cons” … A. The Nature of the “Notice” Function of the Call … B. Practical Advantages of Limiting the Legislature to the Scope of the Call