Updated: In a more recent e-mail, Lubnau has said he is convinced that both Smith and him want the same thing, and he apologized for any misunderstanding or consternation his previous e-mail caused. The more recent letter can be read with the below link:
Letter From Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau to Chairman of Campbell County Republican Party Christopher Smith.
I know you have some statutory time frames in which to meet, but delaying this meeting until February 8, 2014 will place the voters of Campbell County and particularly House District 52 at a distinct disadvantage.
The rules of the House of Representatives require some training to understand, and the issues facing this legislature are complicated and require hours of study. In addition to the several bills facing the House, we have to manage and consider a $7 billion + budget. The job is not as simple as showing up in Cheyenne, getting sworn in and voting. A great deal of preparation and orientation is necessary to be an effective legislator.
There will be a training for freshman legislators on the budget on the afternoon of February 8. There will be a Republican caucus on the afternoon of February 9. Attendance at the training is recommended for all freshman legislators, just so they have a basic understanding of the reports and the accounts listed on the reports the legislature receives. It is hard to make learned budget decisions when one does not even know the account about which the committee is talking. Terms like PMTF, SPRA, Education Endowment, Goldenrod, over-the-cap revenues, AML restrictions, FMR designations, statutory flow and CREG are used in debate regularly. Without and understanding what these terms mean, it is impossible to effectively participate in the debate. These orientations provide a basic understanding of the financial management of the state.
The caucus will be where the political parties develop their positions on major issues. Missing this important and informational meeting will create a hardship in understanding the focus of the session. The statute requires the meeting be held no later than 15 days after notice from the State Central Committee. You can and should have the meeting much earlier.
While the death of my good friend Sue Wallis was unfortunate, and the timing difficult, I implore you to reschedule your meeting so Sue’s replacement will have a fighting chance to get up to speed and be prepared for a difficult and complicated budget session.
Please reconsider your decision and move your meeting a date much earlier than Feb. 8.
Speaker of the House