Included in the bill are three capital outlay projects for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette: $18 million for the Madison Hall renovations; $13.8 million for planning and construction of an engineering classroom building; and $13,350,000 for planning and construction of a health care education and training facility.
Roundup: Legal marijuana delayed again; sales tax collection passes Senate; early voting for president expanded
Already punted twice, floor debate on marijuana legalization was rescheduled for Tuesday. Also postponed was a bill to allow industrial polluters to audit themselves.
Lafayette area reps are moving bills waiving taxes on re-opened orphaned wells and creating new reporting requirements for abortions.
The highly unpopular Windfall Elimination Provision strips Louisiana state retirees of the Social Security benefits they may have earned on other jobs
The House deferred action on the police bill of rights, tax exemptions for feminine hygiene products and further tweaks to alcohol delivery.
The measure resets the committees’ sizes from 10 to 14, the total membership allotted before Lafayette’s consolidated council was split.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has vowed to veto any bill removing the training requirement, but both the House and Senate versions passed by more than a two-thirds vote.
The bill is up for reconsideration Wednesday.
The university wants to develop the fire station property for possible residential housing, while the city wants to build a new, larger Fire Station No. 5 on the Cajundome Boulevard tract.
The provision raises the potential for “cannabis commuting” much the way people commute to casinos.
The bill forces Republican lawmakers to choose between two core constituencies, gun rights advocates and police officers. So far, in Louisiana, the advocates seem to be winning out.
The legislation could make it easier to move blighted properties and redevelop economically beleaguered North Lafayette.