Louisiana Spotlight: Distrust replaces camaraderie in Louisiana House as legislative session begins

Louisiana’s Legislature used to be the place where fiery clashes at the microphone were followed by drinks, dinner and traded jokes later in the evening. Those days appear to be waning, replaced by strained conversations and tattered relationships.

Now, words like fractured, angry and distrustful describe the vibe, at least in the Louisiana House, where a 15-day special session blew up and failed to achieve any of the budget-hole-closing goals set for it.

The atmosphere is far tenser than lawmakers likely would prefer heading into Monday’s start of a monthslong regular legislative session where they’ll be around each other nearly daily — and where the state’s financial problems once again will loom large…

 

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