Passing budget must come first
Here are some of the bills that legislators thought were more important than getting the budget passed: a crucial "sip and spit" bill, allowing culinary students to taste alcohol, a vitally important bill changing "freshman" to "first-year student," and a bill to create "National Rifle Association" license plates. There were also useless resolutions, such as honoring Catholic schools, Kiyokazu Ota (who?), and National Day of the Cowboy.
That's what some of our legislators toiled on before and in lieu of working on the budget. Sure, non-budget bills can be beneficial, but if they can be passed before the budget is finalized, then they can be passed after it's finalized, too.
Solution? No pet bills, no silly resolutions -- nothing -- until the budget is done. And special sessions should be limited to the budget. If legislators dilly-dally and don't finish the budget by the last day of the session, then -- boo hoo -- no other bills get passed that year.
If this requirement were implemented, we'd see the end of extra sessions. In fact, the budget would probably be completed in a week, as legislators would rush to get to their own bills. A cost-saving win-win for everyone.