"Fiscal hawks" attach measures to budget
BATON ROUGE -"Fiscal hawk" lawmakers slowed passage of the state budget today to make sure their fiscal reform bills get signed, lawmakers told News 2.
Earlier today, House members in the budget conference committee for HB 1 rejected Senate amendments, sending it back to the chambers.
Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, told News that they would then attach the three measures from their reform package to the budget to ensure the governor signed them. The three measures are intended to make the state budget process more transparent to lawmakers.
"That's our security," he told News 2.
A spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal said the governor was on-record as being in favor of the bills, and had planned to sign them.
The regular session is required to end by 6 p.m. today.
News 2 crews are at the Capitol for the last hours of the regular session and will have more details at 4, 5 and 6.