Capitol Views by Maginnis: Breakaway school district bill fails again
The debate was much briefer today, but the end result was the same, as the House refused to approve a constitutional vote on the breakaway school district for southeast Baton Rouge. The vote was 60-35, six less than the vote earlier this week. After two votes, the bill is dead for the session. Despite renewed lobbying, supporters were not able to turn Democrats who voted no or didn't vote last time. In addition, four Republicans who voted for the bill earlier were absent for today's vote. "Those people deserved a vote," the bill's author, Sen. Bodi White, R-Central, said following the final vote. "They worked for over a year on this." They will have to wait until next year. Read the full column here for additional coverage on the narrow approval today of the Minimum Foundation Program for school funding.
(John Maginnis is publishing 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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