Another special session looming? La. lawmakers poised to issue call

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The world of politics has a busy few weeks ahead. For Louisiana legislators, it could get even busier.

The state Legislature’s second extraordinary session of 2020 could start as early as Sept. 28. Like the first, state Republican leaders — not Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards — seem poised to call the shots.

An official call for the special session could come Monday, revealing which issues lawmakers will consider. Matters likely to make the list include refilling the state’s unemployment trust fund, addressing businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Laura.

Then the big issue: reigning in the governor’s executive powers. State House and Senate leaders want to give their bodies more of a say should another public health or weather emergency arise.

The start of another special session would mark the latest chapter in a Legislature that has become increasingly independent from the governor’s office. In 2016, lawmakers named and approved their own candidate for Speaker of the House, rather than siding with Edwards’ pick.

No word yet how long this session would last.

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