Edwards calling precautionary special session

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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.

Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras says he believes that special session will be unnecessary and says he told Edwards that.

Though Louisiana lawmakers have talked for years about being handcuffed in their budget decision-making, the House on Friday refused to unlock those shackles. This is just in case they run out of time before the state's budget and a house construction financing bill is agreed upon.

The Senate plan uses $206 million the House planned to set aside. This plan has fewer cuts than members of the the House have called for.

Abramson, a New Orleans Democrat, said too many rules that control government spending and tax policy are locked into the constitution, and lawmakers are constrained in addressing Louisiana's persistent financial troubles.




"I'm struggling with fully funding TOPS at the expense of healthcare, especially mental health", said Sen. But the Senate plan does spend more on health services, prisons, colleges and veterans programs. The House will vote on the bills Wednesday morning.

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

Naquin said support topped out at 60 "yes" votes on Tuesday night, an unlikely alliance of Republicans from Baton Rouge and other congested areas, some members of the Legislative Black Caucus and a smattering of other Democrats.

"The House isn't going to go to zero, but as long as there is some cushion, I think there's a number that can be reached for a compromise", said Rep. Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, who serves as the vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The special session is not to address the fiscal cliff that will hit on July 1, 2018. "We're working in the right direction". "If the budget makes its way through the process, the need for a special session this summer will be greatly diminished". "Should we come to an agreement on the operating and construction budgets, this special session will not be necessary".

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