Fiscal hawk budget bills hit roadblocks in Senate
BATON ROUGE - Senators had a mixed reaction to proposals by conservative House lawmakers seeking to rewrite laws for how Louisiana estimates and spends its money.
The Senate Finance Committee refused Thursday to insert the ideas into the state constitution and limited the remaining proposals to two-year pilot programs.
The package of five bills by lawmakers nicknamed the "fiscal hawks" was part of a House budget compromise.
The Finance Committee advanced two to the full Senate for consideration, including one that would limit how lawmakers could use certain patchwork financing that has been added to the budget in previous years.
Senators said they were concerned about embedding untested changes in the process for crafting the state's annual operating budget into the constitution.