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The Rundown: Budget day hits the House almost half-way through special session and more Louisiana politics

Today in The Rundown: The special session nears its midway point with House taking up bill and no compromise reached; Gas tax could be years from reconsideration; New Orleans claims victory in session; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana politics today. Countdown… Days until the special session must end: 5 The News Budget: House […]

Capitol Views: Special session could be on fast track

It’s a new week and a new session for Louisiana legislators, but the problems are still the same. The Legislature needs to pass the state’s most important budget bills by next Monday, when the ongoing special session ends. They’re meeting in overtime because legislators failed to pass annual spending and construction plans prior to last […]

‘Let’s just get this over and head to Omaha,’ Jay Dardenne said of Louisiana’s budget clog

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne remains optimistic that the state budget impasse in the Louisiana Legislature will be resolved soon. “I am hoping and I believe that legislators don’t want to be here next week,” Dardenne told the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday. “They don’t want to face the unprecedented reality of July […]

Louisiana lawmakers resume special session on Monday

Louisiana’s House of Representatives comes back to the House Floor Monday as the state’s second straight special session continues. The House and Senate adjourned for the long weekend Thursday, after the two sides couldn’t agree on a budget by regular session’s 6:00pm deadline. The impasse comes from a difference of opinion on how to spend […]

Louisiana locals, Congress divided on Trump budget

Local Louisiana officials hoped Donald Trump’s presidency would improve their state’s long-strained relationship with Washington. But emerging disagreements over spending on flood protection and coastal restoration are leaving some disappointed. The state, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump, lambasted President George W. Bush’s administration for its handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and many Louisianans believed […]

A look at what passed, failed in Louisiana lawmaking session

Lawmakers filed more than 900 bills for consideration in the legislative session that ended Thursday, with the heaviest debate focused on state spending and tax policy. But other measures dealing with criminal sentencing laws, public education, Confederate monuments and pay issues also drew debate time over the two months. Some of what passed and failed: […]

Capitol Views: Governor gets final say on tourism foundation bill – Louisiana News

Legislation that would allow the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to have its own foundation has been approved by both chambers of the Legislature and is pending an endorsement or veto from Gov. John Bel Edwards Sen. Norby Chabert, R-Houma, hopes his Senate Bill 143 will generate more revenue for the the department. […]

House leaders offer to spend more money but would still impose cuts in first attempt at deal with Senate

State House leaders on Tuesday offered to spend $50 million more as part of their negotiations with the state Senate to settle on a budget for next year, but they want to eliminate pay raises for state workers that the Senate supported and pare back spending on colleges and universities, among other cuts, according to […]

The Rundown: With just 2 days of session to go, lawmakers work toward final budget deal

Today in The Rundown: Budget negotiations begin in earnest; LSMSA name battle boils over with board step-down; and everything else you need to know in Louisiana Politics today. Countdown…  Days until the regular session ends: 2 Days until the next special session begins: 2 Days until the special session must end: 13 The News Budget: The House and Senate […]

The Rundown: Criminal justice and school renaming bills make it through Legislature as session end nears

oday in The Rundown: With higher threshold for any remaining bills to pass, state lawmakers have just a handful of days to tie up loose ends before the legislative session ends Thursday. Here’s everything you need to know in Louisiana politics today… Countdown… Days until the regular session ends: 3 Days until the next special session […]