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Louisiana lawmakers bring 2022 session to an end

Louisiana State Capitol Building
Posted at 3:44 PM, Jun 06, 2022

The 2022 regular session in Louisiana has adjourned.

The adjournment was expected by 6:00 pm but Sine Die was announced by 5:30 pm.

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to comment on the session after the final adjournment.

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder released the following statement upon adjournment of the 2022 Regular Session.

"While this session came with significant challenges, we finished successfully by balancing the budget and ensuring no one-time money was spent on reoccurring expenses while funding education, healthcare, and critical infrastructure projects. 

We placed an emphasis on prioritizing families, taxpayers, and job creators over government expansion to make it easier to start a business and raise a family right here in Louisiana.

We looked at specific infrastructure projects across Louisiana that needed attention and funded significant portions of those projects, including the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge, the Lake Charles Bridge, I-49, rural road and water programs, and broadband development throughout the state. 

During this legislative session, we were able to add specific trigger language to Louisiana law that will end abortion in Louisiana pending the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade, as well as passing legislation that protects female athletes in high school and college by requiring only biological females participate in female sports.

We stopped new taxes on business from kicking in by stabilizing the unemployment trust fund, invested in proven technical career training programs, and passed a new school choice program for students falling behind in school or with special needs.

Every year of this term we’ve accomplished what people said could not be done and we’re not done yet."

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Sam Jenkins released a statement on the end of the 2022 legislative session:

“House Democrats delivered for families in the 2022 legislative session and helped move Louisiana forward. Democrats authored legislation to lower the cost of insulin, help hurricane victims deal with their insurance companies and landlords, reform our criminal justice system, and help rural communities and small businesses. We also used our influence on the budget-making process to provide teachers and support staff with a pay raise, invest in higher education at historic levels, and deliver more than $300 million in programs and projects to improve the quality of life in our districts. And while our legislation was focused on kitchen-table issues, we also fought back against attempts by others to push Louisiana into the embarrassing culture wars, and we stood up for the most vulnerable among us. There is more we need to do to improve education, raise wages, and protect our civil rights—but this session proved that Democrats are doing the work and pulling our state forward.”

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