Lawmakers close to reaching compromise to resolve budget shortfall
Posted on 2/21/2017 10:46:00 AM.

In the final two days of the special session, lawmakers are close to reaching a compromise on how many rainy day dollars to use versus what cuts to make to resolve a $304 million midyear deficit. The Senate approved a plan that would tap $99 million from the state’s savings account. Senate President John Alario says it’s a fair compromise that would protect vital services from deep cuts.

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Another special session likely after economists deliver grim budget news
Posted on 1/13/2017 1:12:00 PM.

State legislators will likely be called into a special session next month to deal with a budget deficit. The Revenue Estimating Conference has determined the midyear shortfall is around $313 million. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says legislative input will be needed to address a budget gap of that magnitude.

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Moment of unity held at the Capitol for Orlando shooting victims
Posted on 6/13/2016 3:27:00 PM.
A moment of unity was held today in the Rotunda of the State Capitol as Governor Edwards and members of legislators took time to honor and pray for the victims of the Orlando mass shooting. Governor John Bel Edwards says when freedom is threatened all of our freedoms are threatened.
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Rep. Havard not apologizing for young and skinny stripper amendment
Posted on 5/19/2016 5:41:00 PM.

Jackson Representative Kenny Havard is not sorry for his amendment intended as a joke that said strippers in Louisiana must be young and less than 160 pounds. The amendment which was attached to a bill that raises the age of exotic dancers to 21 has received national attention. Havard spoke with reporters after adjournment and says he regrets if he offended anyone, but...

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Special session ends with a budget deficit still remaining
Posted on 3/9/2016 8:13:00 PM.
Despite a flurry of votes in the final minutes of the special session, including a bill that increases the state's four-cent sales tax by a penny, the state is still facing a 30-million dollar deficit for this fiscal year and a shortfall that could be as much as 800-million dollars next fiscal year. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards says lawmakers could have done a better job.
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House Speaker urges legislators to take action in last hours of special session
Posted on 3/9/2016 12:50:00 PM.

There is only a few hours left in the special session called to address the state’s massive budget deficit. Speaker of the House Taylor Barras urged House members to come together on a deal to prevent big cuts to higher education and healthcare.

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New House Speaker looks to discuss spending changes in special session
Posted on 2/9/2016 4:07:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
New Republican Louisiana Speaker of the House Taylor Barras says he was anticipating more proposed spending reforms in Governor John Bel Edwards call for the special session. 

"Our Republican group was hoping that there would be at least some items in there that would give us the opportunity to talk structural fixes," said Barras.

The session begins Sunday at 4pm, and must end at 6pm, March 9th.
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Governor Edwards releases call for the special session
Posted on 2/5/2016 5:16:00 PM.
Governor John Bel Edwards has issued the call for a special legislative session to address a 750-million dollar budget shortfall this fiscal year and a 1.9 billion dollar shortfall next fiscal year.
The session will start February 14th and end no later than March 9th at 6 PM. During those three-and-a half weeks, lawmakers will debate various budget cuts and tax increases.
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A big week for politics in Louisiana
Posted on 1/15/2016 12:05:00 PM.
It was a huge week for politics in Louisiana.  John Bel Edwards was sworn in as the state's 56th governor and President Barack Obama visited Baton Rouge Thursday. 
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Barras elected new Louisiana House Speaker
Posted on 1/11/2016 11:51:00 AM.
Louisiana's new Speaker of the House is Republican New Iberia Representative Taylor Barras.  Barras defeated Governor John Bel Edwards' candidate New Orleans Democrat Walt Leger in a runoff.  
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