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La. lawmakers near end of annual regular session

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago June 01, 2014 Jun 1, 2014 Sunday, June 01 2014 June 01, 2014 3:34 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: MELINDA DESLATTE

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are working through a pile of bills awaiting final compromises before their annual session wraps up.

The state's multibillion-dollar construction budget needs to be finished, and this year's budget needs to be rebalanced to fill holes in education and prisons funding.

Among the measures winning final passage Sunday were bills to shield the Louisiana Capitol complex security surveillance video from the public and to require the fire marshal to study creating a statewide elevator inspection system.

House members voted 70-17 to send Gov. Bobby Jindal a measure delaying the consequences of using the Common Core education standards until the 2016-17 school year. That's one year longer than the policy adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The three-month session must end by 6 p.m. Monday.

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