Edwards' agenda: Pay hikes, minimum wage, no special session
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his 2019 legislative agenda features new items, several repeat proposals and a pledge that he won't call any special sessions during this election year.
The Democratic governor, seeking re-election to a second term, says his push for public school teacher and support worker pay raises will be top priority when lawmakers return in April.
Edwards told the Press Club of Baton Rouge he'll try again to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and enact equal pay requirements on private industry despite three years of legislative rejection.
Edwards says he'll ask lawmakers to prohibit health insurers from refusing coverage to people because of their medical conditions. That's aimed at duplicating a federal health law that is threatened by litigation.
The governor says he supports legalizing sports betting.
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