Critical bills up for consideration as session deadline closes in
BATON ROUGE - Wednesday marks the final day of the special legislative session, and it’s time for state lawmakers to agree to a tax plan or let critical services get cut.
Lawmakers are meeting now behind closed doors, and a number of conference committees are hard at work on three important bills: a government cuts bill, a sales tax increase and a bill that would eliminate tax exemptions for businesses.
House Speaker Taylor Barras said Wednesday that there are two different compromises being negotiated on the last day of the special session that involve those critical bills. They’ll need to reached an agreement by 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Both the House and Senate will be in recess until 1 p.m., but the pace will pick up quickly when the session resumes with a plan expected to be voted on shortly thereafter.