Lawmakers wrapping up work on the regular session
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are heading into the final hours of their three-month regular session, with financial bills awaiting final compromise.
A final version of next year's multibillion-dollar construction budget needs to be finished, with House members seeking cuts to projects packed into the bill by senators.
Meanwhile, the state's current year budget needs rebalancing, to fill $75 million in gaps in the TOPS college tuition program, the public school funding formula and payments to parish sheriffs for housing state prisoners in local jails.
The Legislature must finish work by 6 p.m. Monday.
Many of the most contentious issues were decided days or weeks ago, with lawmakers refusing to jettison Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards, to raise the state's minimum wage and to allow the dispensing of medical marijuana.