Posted: Jun 23, 2011 8:06 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The two-month regular legislative session is drawing to a close Thursday.
Lawmakers planned to complete next year's state construction budget and decide whether to renew a 4-cent state cigarette tax before wrapping up their work by 6 p.m.
The session is marked by defeat of many of Gov. Bobby Jindal's key initiatives, as lawmakers showing signs of independence shelved Jindal proposals to raise college tuition, merge two New Orleans universities, sell state prisons and raise state employee retirement costs.
The governor got what he wanted out of the budget, but legislators went their own way in deciding how to finance it all.
Election year politics, lawmakers still smarting from redistricting disputes and a House speaker pushing greater fiscal restraint conspired to help stymie Jindal's plans.