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Louisiana's legislative session winding down, another looms

7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago June 05, 2016 Jun 5, 2016 Sunday, June 05 2016 June 05, 2016 4:50 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

BATON ROUGE - While lawmakers continue to haggle over the budget, they are trying to resolve other issues as the clock winds down on the regular legislative session.

The House and Senate held rare Sunday debate time to sift through remaining bills, on topics ranging from juvenile justice reform to college tuition oversight.

The regular session must end by 6 p.m. Monday.

But that doesn't mean lawmakers are going home.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a special session to begin 30 minutes after the current session ends, hoping to persuade lawmakers to raise taxes to help close a $600 million budget gap.

Legislative leaders are negotiating on a $26 billion operating budget proposal that makes the cuts. But whatever budget passes by Monday is expected to be rewritten in the special session.

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