2019 Regular Legislative Session
Week one and two are a wrap. The first week of the 2019 Regular Legislative Session flew by with little fanfare outside of swearing in ten new members and the Revenue Estimating Conference (“REC”) meeting. Both chambers convened at Noon on Monday, April 8th and must adjourn no later than 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 6th. From today, April 18th, we have 48 days left in this year’s legislative session.
Regarding the REC meeting last week, after disagreeing for several months the committee voted to recognize an additional $110 million in state general fund dollars for the current fiscal year and $119 million for next year. Although the House Appropriations committee met all last week to discuss House Bill 105 (which has become the state’s budget bill) by Rep. Cameron Henry, they will have to address the additional revenue now that the forecast has been approved. Early childhood education is a likely candidate to receive many of these additional dollars. The Appropriations Committee closed out it’s hearings of HB 105 on Wednesday this week holding public testimony. We expect next week the bill will make its way out of the Appropriations Committee and head to the House Floor for consideration. All in, regarding the budget schedule, the legislature is on track to have an approved budget before the end of the legislative session – a point that Louisiana has struggled with in sessions past.
This week also brought about the filing deadline for introducing legislation. It total, there are 1,027 legislative instruments files (610 House Bills, 34 House Concurrent Resolutions, 53 House Resolutions, 237 Senate Bills, 40 Senate Concurrent Resolutions, and 53 Senate Resolutions). My staff and I continue to review legislation that has been introduced that could impact your interests and the business you do.
The second week of session also ended early in anticipation of some severe weather hitting the Baton Rouge area this (Thursday) afternoon. The legislature cancelled all today’s meetings and were already scheduled to be out for Good Friday. All committee meetings that were scheduled for today will be delayed until their regular weekly meeting days next week. We anticipate next week being very busy at the Louisiana Capitol. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my staff.
As always should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.
Randal Johnson, Southern Strategy Group
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