House rejects budget changes with two days to go
BATON ROUGE - The state House unanimously rejected the Senate's changes to the $25 billion state budget bill today as the regular session winds down.
The House voted 98-0 to send House Bill 1 to a conference committee. They also appointed six House members to work out a compromise with the Senate, instead of the usual three members.
The two chambers are at odds over using one-time funds to cover shortfalls in the state budget, boosting funding for public schools, and other issues with covering the state's debts.
Legislators have until 6 p.m. Thursday to finish their work, or else a special session will have to be called.