After roughly an hour of debate and questions, the Louisiana Senate approved the state’s $26 billion operating budget with just two opposing votes and helped set an early tone for the year’s second special session. The special session will convene Monday evening, just 30 minutes after the ongoing regular session adjourns.
The Senate’s budget review today was a sprint compared to the 14-hour marathon floor hearing held in the House over two days last month.
House Bill 1, the budget bill, was handled by Senate Finance Chairman Eric Lafleur, D-Ville Platte, who referenced the upcoming special session several times.
As he did earlier this year, Gov. John Bel Edwards has called a special session to generate revenue for state government through tax changes and increases.