Louisiana lawmakers filed more than 860 bills in the legislative session that ended late Thursday.
The 60-day fiscal session was supposed to center on the budget and taxes, but other measures dealing with abortion, the death penalty, medical marijuana and gambling drew debate time.
The Associated Press compiled a list of what happened throughout the session. The most noteworthy, of course, being the highly contested budget for the financial year beginning July 1.
Lawmakers on the last day of the session passed a $30 billion state budget that boosts spending on public schools, colleges, health services, foster care and public safety programs. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ push to increase spending on public elementary and secondary schools by $140 million won legislative support. Teachers will get a $1,000 pay raise, support workers will see their annual salaries grow by $500, and districts will get an extra $39 million in discretionary money.
Additionally, lawmakers approved more than $400 million in unspent cash from Louisiana’s better-than-expected tax collections will pay for roadwork, coastal protection and public college programs.
Lawmakers also proposed a slew of tax breaks this election season, but none with high price tags reached final passage. Republicans’ efforts to undo parts of the 2018 tax compromise stalled in the Senate, and industry-backed bids to roll back changes Edwards made to a property tax break for manufacturers also failed to win support.
Read the full legislative session run down, including a food labeling law, how the state will spend oil spill money and new ride-hailing service regulations.