2016 special legislative session

February 14, 2017

Session opens with plea for bipartisanship

Gov. John Bel Edwards kicked off a 10-day special session by asking state legislators to set aside partisan differences as they work to plug a $304 million midyear budget gap that could lead to deep service cuts. The AP’s Melinda Deslatte reports that Edwards and a majority of the state Senate want to use $119 million from the state’s Budget Stabilization Fund toward filling the deficit, but conservatives in the House continue to balk.… Read more...