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Gov. Edwards outlines legislative session agenda

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Posted at 9:51 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 22:56:35-05

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has outlined a limited package of priorities for the three-month legislative session that starts next week.

Edwards spoke Monday to the Press Club of Baton Rouge about his legislative agenda.

The Democratic governor highlighted his push to boost spending on education. He says he'll renew his fight to raise Louisiana's minimum wage. That idea is a long shot that has failed each year of Edwards' first term.

Republican lawmakers have prioritized a push to rework the state's civil litigation system to try to limit damages awarded in car wreck lawsuits.

Edwards says he's willing to discuss such changes but offered no commitments to specific bills.


Today Governor Edwards also spoke about COVID-19 and the preparations the state is making.For more on that click here.

Below is the press conference in which the governor spoke about the the coronavirus and the upcoming legislative session.