Immediate special session? House leaders think it's unlikely
BATON ROUGE - House leaders are talking confidently about reaching a budget deal to keep lawmakers out of a special session.
Gov. John Bel Edwards set parameters for a session that would begin next week, 30 minutes after the regular session ends Thursday evening. But the Democratic governor said it was only precautionary, in case budget negotiations fall apart.
Republican House Speaker Taylor Barras says he believes that the special session will be unnecessary and says he told Edwards that.
The Republican who leads the House budget committee, Rep. Cameron Henry, says he expects the House and Senate will reach an agreement on the operating budget bill Henry handles.
And the Democrats' leader in the House, Rep. Gene Reynolds, says he thinks lawmakers are making progress in negotiations over a stalled construction financing bill.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
State rep pushing for more ferry crossings to alleviate morning traffic
Gun stolen from inside of a Baker police officer's home
Livingston sheriff hosts annual Christmas Crusade to help families in need
Trim and terrific treats with Holly Clegg recipes
Hammer-wielding robbers smash glass cases at Wal-Mart, steal nearly $10,000 in electronics