Governor Edwards calls for special session as precaution before legislative session ends

Governor Edwards calls for special session as precaution before legislative session ends

Governor Edwards calls for special session as precaution before legislative session ends

Though little has materialized from the claims, said Edwards, there are is sufficient legislation languishing in committee and on debate calendars to achieve change before the regular session adjourns June 8.

"Given the significant disagreements on the state's operating budget, I am issuing this call as a precautionary measure".

Steve Carter says he's frustrated by his party and by the out-of-state group Americans for Prosperity.

House GOP leaders say they are protecting agencies against the likelihood that revenues will come up short of expectations.

"It's shame that we're controlled by people that live outside our state, that have probably never traveled our roads to experience our problems", said Carter.

They're recommending, in a separate bill, to use $80 million of the unspent cash to fill gaps in this year's budget that the House didn't address - such as shortfalls in payments to sheriffs for housing state inmates in their local jails and to K-12 public school districts.

"I'm struggling with fully funding TOPS at the expense of health care, especially mental health", Barrow said. If this budget makes its way through the process, the need for a special session this summer will be greatly diminished.

Carter said on his Facebook page that he couldn't gather the 70 votes needed in the House for the effort to raise hundreds of millions annually for road and bridge work.

Republicans and Democrats have been meeting privately to broker a compromise.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement in support of House Bill 1 as amended by the Senate Finance Committee.

The Democrats' leader in the House, Minden Rep. Gene Reynolds, said after a Friday meeting that he thinks lawmakers are making progress in negotiations, though no agreements had been reached. Sharon Hewitt (R-Slidell) "We're going to work hard over the next seven days to get this budget done". "We would sure like to avoid [a special session]", Alario told BRProud.com. The special session would start 30 minutes after the current session ends.

The Louisiana Senate Finance Committee Thursday green-lit their version of Louisiana's $29 billion operating budget, restoring funding to health services, state prisons, veterans programs and child welfare programs.

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