Lawmakers gearing up for last day of regular session, decisions still to be made

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Today wraps up what some would call an unforgettable session at the Capitol, but some decisions still have to be made.

A $30 billion budget is still being debated between the House and Senate about a state spending for the financial year that begins July 1st.

This debate is a lot quieter this year compared to recent years, because lawmakers agreed last year on renewing 45 cents of an expiring sales tax through 2025.

The two-month assembly also saw hundreds of bills drafted.

Louisiana became the latest state to pass a so-called ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion ban prohibiting the procedures as early as six weeks into pregnancy, amid tension with pro-choice members of the democratic party.

Lawmakers also approved $1,000 pay raises for teachers and $500 raises for support staff.

Through the session, lawmakers all have the same goal of wanting the best for everyone.

We have an all-state team here, made of all walks of life, different occupations, different views, but each of us respecting our viewpoints and what we do, says Senator John Alario.

The mass exodus of legislators may leave the body looking a bit different next year. Those seats depend on who voters choose when they go to the ballot box October 12th.

There are still some bills up for debate today, including one that would abolish the death penalty in the state and a push for a medical marijuana tax.

The 60-day session must end by 6 p.m.

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