State lawmakers cheered the end of the 2013 legislative session Thursday.
WRKF’s Kelly Connelly has been following every twist and turn over the past 2 months. News Director Amy Jeffries spoke with Kelly about her time covering the session.
Lawmakers are going home having passed a bipartisan $24 billion state spending plan.
But they're bringing home more than just the budget to their constituents. WRKF asked lawmakers about the most important thing they passed for their constituents.
After lawmakers negotiated for days, Gov. Bobby Jindal was the first to call a press conference, at around 7 p.m. Wednesday, to announce the budget deal had been reached.
According to The Advocate, the conference was premature — many representatives had yet to talk to their delegations and the final papers had yet been signed.
The fate of next year’s budget rests in the hands of a few legislative leaders, picked by the chambers’ chairs to sort things out behind closed-doors.
This year is a little different than years past.
First, the House changed some rules so that more voices could be at the table for the final negotiations.