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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A bipartisan group of Louisiana’s state senators urged Gov. John Bel Edwards to call a special session this month to replace expiring taxes, even if he can’t strike a pre-session deal with House Republicans.

Fourteen of 39 senators — including Senate President John Alario, a Republican, and Finance Committee Chairman Eric LaFleur, a Democrat — sent a letter saying a February special session is needed to balance next year’s budget without damaging programs.

“It’s time for us to be a little more proactive,” said Sen. Rick Ward, the Port Allen Republican who spearheaded the letter signed by


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