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La. Legislature opens three-month session Monday

1 year ago March 08, 2014 Mar 8, 2014 Saturday, March 08 2014 Saturday, March 08, 2014 10:09:46 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: MELINDA DESLATTE

BATON ROUGE, La. - Lawmakers kick off their annual legislative session Monday, with lessened budget worries but new disputes on educational standards, medical marijuana and a statewide minimum wage.

The three-month regular session is a free-for-all, with legislators able to consider most any issue - except taxes.

More than 1,500 bills have been 3proposed, ranging from new abortion restrictions and loosened gun laws to renewed debates over Medicaid expansion, teacher tenure and privatization efforts.

Gov. Bobby Jindal's agenda appears light, focused mainly on workforce training efforts to fill petrochemical and manufacturing jobs his administration has drawn to Louisiana.

Meanwhile, lawmakers want to revisit his education policies from years past, putting the Republican governor on defense, trying to keep his signature achievements in place.

The session opens Monday at noon.

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