Lawmakers agree to relinquish tuition control
BATON ROUGE - As they wind down their work in the regular session, lawmakers have agreed to give public college management boards the ability to raise their own tuition and fees without needing legislative approval.
Voters would need to back the idea in the November election before legislative authority would be relinquished.
With a 36-1 vote Sunday, the Senate gave final passage to the constitutional amendment proposal.
Higher education leaders pushed for the change.
Senators also gave final legislative passage to a proposal raising the adult prosecution age in Louisiana by one year, to include 17-year-old offenders in the juvenile justice system.
District attorneys could still charge 17-year-olds as adults for serious crimes.
A 33-4 vote sent the "Raise the Age" measure to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who intends to sign it into law.