House leaders stall construction budget bill
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana House leaders have blocked a vote on a $4 billion bill to finance state construction projects, like roadwork and building repairs.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neil Abramson has refused to bring the measure, which he sponsored, up for a vote. House Speaker Taylor Barras supported the move Monday, saying Senate changes to the bill put it in such disarray that it can't be cleaned up easily.
Barras asked lawmakers to wait until the special session that starts Monday night to draft a new construction budget bill.
In a snub to their leader, House lawmakers voted 52-49 to urge Barras and Abramson to let the bill come up for a vote. The men haven't budged.
Senators disapprove of the delay, saying the House has refused to negotiate over the bill.