BATON ROUGE — A $28 billion-plus Louisiana operating budget won final legislative passage Friday, a week later than expected, after a stalemate in the spending negotiations forced lawmakers into a special session.
With a 26-9 vote, the Senate sent the bill to Gov. John Bel Edwards, who supports it. A package of state construction financing plans awaits consideration in the House, and if approved there Friday afternoon, the special session will end a few days earlier than the Monday deadline.
Senate leaders successfully worked to avoid rewriting or tweaking the operating budget, so it didn’t need a second vote in the House