Gov. Edwards responds to lawmakers’ call for a special session


BATON ROUGE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — Gov. Edwards responds to lawmakers’ call for a special session.

Gov. Edwards released the following statement:

“At a time when our state is dealing with the COVID-19 health emergency, hurricanes, and one severe weather event after another, I am concerned that the Legislature has again called themselves into a month-long session with an agenda of 70 items. This session will occur at a time when the public will again be restricted in their access to the State Capitol and their ability to give needed public input. 

“From the beginning of this emergency, I have relied on public health experts and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to guide Louisiana’s response to this historic emergency. Further, this response has been in line with the measures taken by our neighboring states that have unfortunately also been enormously impacted by COVID-19.   

“Put simply, the measures we have taken in Louisiana are working and we are making significant progress. However, to abandon these efforts in defiance of the unanimous advice of the public health experts and the Trump administration would seriously jeopardize the lives of our people and the gains we have made. Further, it is important to remember our work in containing COVID-19 is far from done, as Louisiana still has the highest number of per capita infections in the country. 

“I am hopeful that the Legislative leadership will significantly narrow the scope and the duration of this session so that they can do the work they deem necessary, while at the same time working in a bipartisan and cooperative manner to address our significant challenges in an honest and transparent manner. Louisianans have come too far to have all of our effective and life-saving work upended.”    

BATON ROUGE, La. (KTVE/KARD)(09/21/2020) (05:50 p.m.) — The Louisiana State Legislature is calls for a special session.

The state legislature will start what they are calling the “2020 Second Extraordinary Session” at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 28, 2020 and must adjourn by October 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Louisiana’s constitution gives law makers the authority to call themselves into a special session when a written petition is presented by the majority of elected members of each house.

House Speaker Clay Schexnayder says that the special session will focus on three main objectives – (1) Hurricane Laura disaster relief and recovery efforts, (2) on-going issues with COVID-19, especially relative to funding and the economy, and (3) the state’s Unemployment Trust Fund.

“No one could have predicted or planned for the health, economic and natural disaster devastation that 2020 has brought to our state and citizens. A special session is needed to address unforeseen problems related to the in person education of our children and their return to extracurricular activities, the survival of our economy and the opening up of business, and the recovery of the areas of our state devastated by Hurricane Laura,” says House Speaker Clay Schexnayder.

A majority of the House and Senate members have authorized the petition, which also sets the agenda for the upcoming session. Lawmakers may file and consider bills on 70 items.

A copy of the special session call is available here.


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