Capitol Views: Legislature in transition mode

Members of the House and Senate will turn a corner next week when the state budget, found in House Bill 1, begins moving through the legislative process. At the same time, the Legislature’s tax-writing committees are preparing for the possibility of 2018’s second special session, to follow the ongoing regular session. Getting revenue-raising proposals to move will likely be difficult for the tax committees during the approaching special session, if there is one, but there may be some new faces added to the panel on the House side.

In terms of the budget bill, the Appropriations Committee will release its version Monday, with a House floor hearing to follow Thursday. While there’s little doubt that House Bill 1, by Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, will escape the committee—even with deep spending reductions—gathering 53 votes from the lower chamber for floor passage could be difficult.

The governor has asked lawmakers to use new dollars recognized Thursday by the Revenue Estimating Conference as follows…


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