Louisiana lawmakers plan their own special session for June

State Politics

FILE – In a Feb. 7, 2020 file photo, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, the governor’s chief budget adviser, left; House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales, center; and Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, speak ahead of a meeting of Louisiana’s income forecasting panel in Baton Rouge. Louisiana’s income forecasting panel planned to quantify on Monday, May 11, 2020 just how deeply the coronavirus outbreak has hurt the state’s economy as officials begin to put together next year’s budget. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s Republican legislative leaders have called a June special session.

The proclamation issued Friday evening set a lengthy agenda that will allow debate on the budget, taxes, fantasy sports betting and the coronavirus response.

It’s only the second time in state history that lawmakers have called themselves into a special session, rather than a governor.

The special session will start immediately after the regular session ends on the evening of June 1 and could run the entire month.

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards says he knew lawmakers planned to convene a special session.

He didn’t object, but he questioned the inclusion of 41 different items in the agenda.

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