Louisiana: Special Session Convenes
February 13, 2017
Lawmakers are convening today, two months before the regular session, to consider a plan to close a $304 million deficit in the state’s $27 billion budget. Foregoing new taxes as a solution, Governor John Bel Edwards (D) has proposed spending cuts to hospitals, State Police, the attorney general's office, and the courts, as well as a $119 million rainy day fund transfer. While Senate leaders indicate general agreement on such proposals, the House leadership has stated it would like deeper cuts rather than a rainy day fund transfer.
The Senate may also take up an expulsion resolution against Senator Troy Brown (D), who has pleaded nolo contendere to two separate charges of domestic abuse within the past four months. The special session must adjourn by February 22.