Among Lafayette Parish’s seven members, Republican Jean-Paul Coussan and Democrats Marcus Bryant and Vincent Pierre voted yea and Republicans Beau Beaullieu, Stuart Bishop, Julie Emerson and Jonathan Goudeau voted nay.
Other action Monday: House sends sales tax consolidation bill back for changes; rules for when drones rule the skies.
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.
The bill had already been approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment. The Governmental Affairs Committee held a separate hearing to consider its effect on Louisiana’s Public Records Law.
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.