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On Wednesday, House Ways and Means took up tax-raising measures that could help fill the $600 million budget gap the state is facing next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

S. Lincoln

“Don’t make any plans yet,” House Speaker Taylor Barras told the lower chamber’s members. “We have only next week and four days after that to complete the work – not counting the weekend dates.”

Barras is apparently attempting better play clock management in this second special session than during the first special session earlier this year, as he gave representatives a rundown of the plan of attack.

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Jun 8, 2016

After being AWOL much of the last two days of the regular session, House Ways and Means chairman Neil Abramson had some explaining to do about the failure to pass the Capital Outlay bill on Monday.

All he would say to the full House then was, “The legal and technical issues did not allow this to be fixed, and did not allow this to be fixed in conference committee.”

But when he got before his own committee Tuesday, Abramson was more forthcoming. Of course, he was asking for their support on the new versions of the state construction bills.

Wallis Watkins

For the third time this year, Governor John Bel Edwards addressed a joint session of the Legislature, as a second special session follows on the heels of the regular session’s end. 

“Here we are again. Probably seems like we never left,” said Edwards.

Sue Lincoln

The regular session has ended, and the second special session has begun. And the chairman of House Ways and Means, Neil Abramson, is nobody’s favorite right now. He did not get the capital outlay bill – HB 2 – passed.

Senate President John Alario kept waiting for it.