Second Special Session concludes after dealing with topics including hurricane recovery and COVID-19

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The third law-making session of the year is now over.

The 2020 Second Extraordinary Session was eventful and productive.

What started in September ends with ‘solutions,’ according to the Louisiana State Senate.

“We did what we came here to do,” said President Cortez. “We secured funding for those areas most heavily impacted by the recent hurricanes. We agreed on a package of bills to protect businesses and the unemployed. And, we passed several measures critical to the state’s response to COVID-19, including a compromise on how emergency declarations are handled. I want to thank my fellow Senators as well as our colleagues in the House of Representatives for their efforts. It has been a tough year for Louisiana, but we are resilient and we will continue to come together as we recover and rebuild.”

Some of what the legislature accomplished during the 2020 Second Extraordinary Session can be found below:

  • Shoring up funding to aid in hurricane recovery and relief.
  • Approval of $1.4 million in funding for local governments in Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis Parishes.
  • $20 million was also steered toward funding the construction, repair, and restoration of buildings on the McNeese State University and Sowela Technical Community College campuses.
  • A bill that ensures K-12 schools remain whole in the Minimum Foundation Program formula, as well as another that modifies TOPS eligibility requirements for impacted students, were approved.
  • Stabilizing of the state’s unemployment trust fund.
  • Dealing with COVID-19 pandemic issues including a bill that ‘outlines a procedure the legislature can follow to revoke individual sections of a renewed executive order under certain circumstances.’

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