BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana legislators are back in Baton Rouge for a special session focused on the coronavirus outbreak.
The gathering that convened Monday is happening amid deepening rifts between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican lawmakers over the appropriate response to the pandemic.
The 30-day special session was called by Republican lawmakers without consultation from the Democratic governor, who had no sway over the 70-item agenda. On the agenda are everything from Hurricane Laura response and changes to coronavirus regulations to budget discussions and issues specific to individual parishes.
Top of the agenda is a push by GOP legislators to try to scale back the governor’s emergency powers.