Republican Reps. Alan Seabaugh and Dodie Horton said they opposed the bill because their constituents don't want the tax hike.
The special session is a precautionary measure if lawmakers can't resolve what Edwards calls a "gridlock" related to House Bill 1, the state's operating budget and House Bill 2 and 3, which deal with the state's construction budget. Edwards said that would force unnecessary cuts.
House Democrats, who are a minority in the chamber, stalled the construction bill as leverage to try to get more spending in the operating budget, more projects in the construction budget and more seats on the committees that craft the two bills. Otherwise, the special session can run through midnight June 19.
According to state law, seven days are required between the issuance of the call and when the special session can convene.
As lawmakers prepare to wrap up this legislative session, Senators have unveiled their $29 billion operating budget for next year.
This plan will keep TOPS at full funding.
It was a big day at the state capitol in Baton Rouge today as legislators near the end of this year's legislative session. However, the governor and the Senate committee believed keeping that money off the table would lead to the ending of key programs. Those remaining bills were not accounted for in the House budget plan.
On July 1, 2018, Louisiana faces a $1.3 billion fiscal cliff due to the fact that the legislature passed legislation that provided temporary revenue for the state primarily in the form of a sales tax. He said there was still time to address the state's budget crisis. Though little has materialized from the claims, said Edwards, there are is sufficient legislation languishing in committee and on debate calendars to achieve change before the regular session adjourns June 8.
Abramson, a New Orleans Democrat, said too many rules that control government spending and tax policy are locked into the constitution, and lawmakers are constrained in addressing Louisiana's persistent financial troubles.
John Milkovich (D-Shreveport) and carried on the House floor by Rep. Kenny Cox (D-Natchitoches), adds an additional layer of protection to prevent the sale of the dismembered bodies of babies after abortion.