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Legislative Roundup: Mixed action on tax reform; Senate OKs compromise power-based abuse bill; House passes Juneteenth holiday; Senate asks Biden to lift lease ban
The Senate moved aside contentious bills to advance legislation. The House approved a state holiday for Juneteenth.
The bill, HB274 by Rep. Stuart Bishop, R.-Lafayette, failed to pass Wednesday on a 66-26 vote, four votes short of the 70 needed for passage. It passed upon reconsideration Thursday by a landslide.
A crucial 14 members were not recorded voting on the constitutional amendment, including Rep. Julie Emerson, R-Carencro, who was absent Wednesday, and Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, who was present and had voted on other bills shortly before.
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.