Mark Carroll

While a regular legislative session is limited to 60 days, with the two special sessions added in, Louisiana’s legislature is starting its 78th day of nearly continuous lawmaking, and patience is wearing thin. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says this is not fun, but it is dysfunctional.


With the House and Senate taking today off, this is a chance to update you on some of what happened in the flurry of activity, changing over from the regular session to the second special session.

House video screenshot

A bill to change the way multi-state corporations calculate their profits for Louisiana tax purposes picked up a mystery amendment on the House floor Thursday. At least, it was a mystery to its author, Oil City Rep. Jim Morris.

“If I was to be honest and tell you I had to explain it, I’d be a dead person,” Morris told the House.

Ochsner Health System

House Appropriations asked DHH for an update on the upcoming budget Thursday.

“The deficit in our budget is $174.5 million in State General Fund,” Health Secretary, Dr. Rebekah Gee reported.

Louisiana House of Representatives Broadcast

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.