Bills passed by Lafayette legislators this session will affect constituents including massage therapists, disabled veterans, postsecondary students with disabilities, teachers called to military duty, bingo players, fishing boat guides, members of the Krewe of Bonaparte and drunken school bus drivers.
LCG is once again at the state trough for the $60 million Bayou Vermilion Flood Control project currently halted by court order. LCG has asked for $23 million in the 2022 state budget, on top of $27 million awarded last year.
Gov. John Bel Edwards presented his spending proposal to legislators this week
With a hastily completed application, LCG met a Nov. 1 capital outlay request deadline, asking the state to help fund a $127 million replacement for the Heymann Performing Arts Center in the next budget cycle.
The bill fell two votes short of an override, with Lafayette’s delegation split along party lines.
Senate President Page Cortez’s home parish of Lafayette received more money than others.
With just 55 hours remaining before Thursday’s 6 p.m. deadline for this session, the Senate in short order Tuesday morning duly and unanimously rejected the House-amended versions of the sports betting and mandatory kindergarten bills at the request of their authors.
Legislators are spending a lot of money on roads, bridges and pet projects. Lafayette Parish is a big winner there.
Lawmakers approved sports wagering and an amendment allowing civil servants to engage in political activities in support of relatives.
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.
His hardest sells will be carbon reduction and increasing the current $7.25 minimum wage, a political hot potato that Edwards lobbed squarely into the Legislature’s lap.