Analysis: All talk, little action so far in La. Legislature
Spectators watching the public meetings of the Louisiana Legislature since state lawmakers began their work two weeks ago may be tempted to ask why very little seems to be happening.
Few measures have gotten votes so far in the two-month legislative session, and nearly all the financial bills at the core of the session’s budget debate remain in the committees where they were assigned for their first hearings.
The Senate’s hamstrung by requirements that most of the tax and budget bills must begin in the House. Gov. John Bel Edwards said he doesn’t feel a sense of urgency from lawmakers about the financial problems on Louisiana’s horizon, but lawmakers in the House say they’re crafting an approach and negotiating. It’s just happening behind the scenes.
“I don’t necessarily see there being a great public display of urgency, but privately, I do see many members from both sides of the aisle working diligently to see what combination of approaches can be put together to gain support,” said Rep. Chris Broadwater, a Hammond Republican.
Democratic Rep. Walt Leger, the House’s second-ranking member, said there’s enough time to craft a plan to tackle Louisiana’s financial problems. But he’s ready for lawmakers in the House to start voting on bills that could be the building blocks of that plan.