Signs of movement in Louisiana special session
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers are showing signs of breaking through the logjam in Louisiana's special session that has stymied all action on tax proposals to close a nearly $1 billion budget gap.
For two days, lawmakers pulled bills from consideration without votes amid concerns they can't pass, leaving them bottled up in two committees.
But new hearings are scheduled Sunday, after closed-door meetings among House leaders and Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration aimed at breaking the impasse.
GOP House Speaker Taylor Barras expressed optimism Thursday night.
The attempt at compromise involves allowing a handful of tax bills and Medicaid work-requirement and anti-fraud proposals to advance to the House floor for debate.
Rep. Ted James, a Democrat on the House tax committee, said Friday he believes an agreement has been reached, but he's cautious.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Another Louisiana special session on taxes opens
Bridge on N. River Road impassable since 2016 flood, drivers demanding answers
WATCH: Python hunter rescues 4-foot alligator from the grip of a 10-foot...
Nutria spotted around City Park Lakes, best left alone
Power returning after thousands affected in EBR after outages
Temeka Johnson basketball camp about more than the game
Saints looking to fill backfield void during Ingram's 4-game absence
Saints RB Mark Ingram says he's 'not angry' with his contract
Sean Payton's coaching style propels him into 13th year with Saints
New coach excited to change basketball culture at Southern