The INDsider - Legislative Report The INDsider - Legislative Report http://theind.com/articles.sec-160-1-Legislative-Report.html Thu, 20 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Louisiana has a budget, but it cost more to get it]]> Louisiana has a budget, but it cost more to get it
It took a costly special session, but Louisiana will enter the new fiscal year on July 1 with a budget in place ......]]>
<![CDATA[Lawmakers pass state budget in special session]]> Lawmakers pass state budget in special session
A $28 billion-plus Louisiana operating budget won final legislative passage Friday, a week later than expected, after a stalemate in the spending negotiations forced lawmakers into a special session ......]]>
<![CDATA[JBE to sign criminal justice overhaul into law]]> JBE to sign criminal justice overhaul into law
In a legislative session mired by budget feuds, tax disagreements and a divisive debate over Confederate monuments, Gov. John Bel Edwards had one major achievement: He convinced legislators to overhaul Louisiana’s criminal sentencing laws and its approach ......]]>
<![CDATA[State budget inches toward finish line]]> State budget inches toward finish line
It would appropriate all forecasted revenue for fiscal year 2018, but instruct state agencies to refrain from spending a combined $60 million as a precaution against midyear shortfalls ......]]>
<![CDATA[House GOP makes budget offer in special session]]> House GOP makes budget offer in special session
House Republican leaders made their initial offer Tuesday for a $28 billion-plus Louisiana operating budget, calling it a good-faith effort to broker a compromise in the limited days of the special session ......]]>
<![CDATA[Signings turn bills into laws as special session begins - Bills by Coussan, Miguez signed by Edwards. Justice Reinvestment signings set for Wednesday]]> Signings turn bills into laws as special session begins - Bills by Coussan, Miguez signed by Edwards. Justice Reinvestment signings set for Wednesday
Some bills approved by both chambers in the regular session of the Legislature that ended last week have been signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards with a major ceremony set for signing of the Justice Reinvestment bills on Wednesday afternoon ......]]>
<![CDATA[Special session is technically under way but no work starts until Monday - With four money bills left to address, the House will begin work on Monday. The Senate won\'t return to work until Wednesday.]]> Special session is technically under way but no work starts until Monday - With four money bills left to address, the House will begin work on Monday. The Senate won\'t return to work until Wednesday.
After a wild end to the regular session, the Legislature entered its fifth special session in two years on Thursday evening. The House and Senate quickly adjourned, leaving the contentious work on the state's budget, finance and construction budgets for ......]]>
<![CDATA[House leaders force special session by running out the clock - Speaker Taylor Barras said he was working as quickly as he could. If so, it was the worst display of clock management in Baton Rouge since Les Miles prowled the sidelines at Tiger Stadium.]]> House leaders force special session by running out the clock - Speaker Taylor Barras said he was working as quickly as he could. If so, it was the worst display of clock management in Baton Rouge since Les Miles prowled the sidelines at Tiger Stadium.
Speaker Taylor Barras and House Appropriations chair Cameron Henry combined to block Rep. Walt Leger's attempt to force a vote on the Senate version of HB1 in the final hour of the regular session on Thursday afternoon ......]]>
<![CDATA[Budget deal remains elusive in session's final hours]]> Budget deal remains elusive in session's final hours
A budget compromise offered on Thursday morning by Speaker Taylor Barras to Senate leaders offers hope for a budget agreement but it remains to be seen as to whether Barras can deliver the votes in his chamber to get the deal done ......]]>
<![CDATA[Juvenile life sentence compromise passes House on second try - SB16 leaves Louisiana in violation of Supreme Court rulings on juvenile life but not as blatantly]]> Juvenile life sentence compromise passes House on second try - SB16 leaves Louisiana in violation of Supreme Court rulings on juvenile life but not as blatantly
SB16 provides a pathway to possible parole for all juveniles who were sentenced to life without the possibility of parole and will allow state prosecutors to continue to pursue life sentences for juveniles charge with first degree murder ......]]>