Jun 21, 2010 11:02 AM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are wrapping up
their work on the three-month regular session.
The session must adjourn by 6 p.m. Monday.
That timeline wasn't expected to be a problem after legislators
a day earlier completed their most controversial budget bills,
which close a nearly $600 million current year deficit and detail
$26 billion in spending for the budget year that begins July 1.
House and Senate leaders spent most of the session sharply at
odds over budget issues. Gov. Bobby Jindal intervened in the final
days, siding with the Senate in the money debate and successfully
urging the House to go along.
Meanwhile, lawmakers handed Jindal victories on most of his top
education proposals, including a measure to let public school
districts waive education regulations they feel impede their
ability to improve.