State lawmaker wants special session on budget, taxes
BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker from the Houma area wants his colleagues to convene a special legislative session to tackle Louisiana's continuing budget problems.
Republican Rep. Joe Harrison sent a petition Tuesday to House and Senate members, asking for support to call a 14-day special session starting March 30.
Harrison wants lawmakers to consider removing special protections given to some budget areas, which leave colleges and health services more vulnerable to cuts. He also wants lawmakers to review tax break programs.
Louisiana has grappled with repeated financial troubles since 2008.
Harrison's effort - which would require support from a majority of House and Senate members - is a long-shot.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley opposes the idea, saying lawmakers can address the financial issues in the regular legislative session that begins April 13.