Capitol Views by Maginnis: Proposed breakaway school district boundary restored
The eastern boundary of the proposed new school district in southeast Baton Rouge has been moved back to Interstate 10, as originally proposed. Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, who had written the amendment that sliced away the area between I-10 and Airline Highway, offered the amendment in Senate Finance Committee to restore the original boundary as drawn in Senate Bill 563 by Sen. Bodi White, R-Central. Claitor said he moved to put back the area between I-10 and Airline after reviewing attendance statistics. According to White, the district as proposed would hold about 6,800 students, more than 50% of whom are black. The bill, which has passed the Senate Education Committee, currently is being reviewed in Senate Finance before going to the Senate floor. The committee is hearing testimony from supporters and opponents of the bill.
—Today marks the halfway point of the 85-day legislative session, but most of the activity will be on the golf course and at the Republican delegation's annual Elephant Stomp party tonight at the Country Club of Louisiana. Only three committee hearings were scheduled today, with both houses coming in for short sessions this afternoon. After that, a busy week awaits legislators, who will be taking up controversial retirement bills in both houses. Read the full column here for additional coverage of a Department of Transportation and Development plan to study widening an I-10 bridge exit ramp in downtown Baton Rouge.
(John Maginnis will publish a daily update throughout the legislative session on Daily Report PM. The report is also available to LaPolitics Weekly subscribers on the Subscribers Only page at LaPolitics.com. Registration is available on the homepage.)
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is providing a daily video update featuring highlights of the session, which you can see beginning at 6 p.m. here.
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